Red Cross The late guitarist and folklorist's final album is a poignant summation of his eccentric approach to vernacular music. Bathed in reverb, his acoustic guitar ranges… Red Cross The late guitarist and folklorist's final album is a poignant summation of his eccentric approach to vernacular music. Bathed in reverb, his acoustic guitar ranges… 2003-02-11 John Fahey
Music Review

Red Cross (2003)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Feb 11, 2003; Lead Performance: John Fahey

The late guitarist and folklorist's final album is a poignant summation of his eccentric approach to vernacular music. Bathed in reverb, his acoustic guitar ranges from primly traditional plucking on standards like Gershwin's ''Summertime'' to haunted abstractions that tantalizingly bounce around coherent melodies. It sounds spacey and ancient at the same time -- and it's all oddly moving.

Originally posted Feb 28, 2003 Published in issue #698 Feb 28, 2003 Order article reprints