John Fahey knew his stuff. He knew how to wear both his musicianship and his learning lightly and that's something not a lot of people get the knack for. He was also in love with the music that fired him up, but that isn't something we need to dwell on, not when his recorded legacy speaks for itself, and tells us of that love.
These two albums were recorded in 1972 and 1973 by which time he'd been putting out records for about a decade. The first of them is arguably his greatest achievement, not least because it strikes such a fine balance. As was often not the case he's joined by other musicians on that title, but go to `Dixie Pig Bar B-Q Blues' and if you listen closely you might be able to make out the crickets in the thicket and the corn mash being poured into a shot-glass as the evening sun dapples the leaves. It is, in short, music for goose bumps.
Also played by an ensemble `Texas & Pacific Blues' is indeed, as Sid Griffin points out in the booklet notes, the sound of a band in a Louisiana speakeasy circa 1933. It's also a soundtrack for the smiles of the heart.
Fahey's thing for animals crops up again on `Horses' on the latter title, and sure enough he musically captures the young horse taking its first carefully certain steps.
In the company of Peter Jameson on second guitar Fahey shows just what a deft player he was on `Bucktown Stomp' which perhaps inevitably is also the work of men so enamoured with America's musical heritage that not doing it properly would be tantamount to sacrilege.
So it runs deep, this set, deep enough for you to want to own it. If you do you'll at least get some insight into how it can be done, while the other delights it has to offer are too numerous to mention here.