"Psychedelic Appalachia" (Special Podcast)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Daniel Bachman Daniel Bachman

Hear fingerstyle guitar music with a wash of drones - "Psychedelic Appalachia"- from steel string shredder Daniel Bachman, whose latest effort is the full-length “Seven Pines.” His playing has evoked the names of both John Fahey and Robbie Basho, in both the technicality and the emotional depth.  However, it’s actually the late fingerstylist Jack Rose to whom he has been most often compared in that Bachman also relocated from Fredericksburg, VA to Philadelphia and the American Primitive guitar spirit runs strong in him.

(They did have a direct connection too: Bachman did the cover art to one of Rose’s records, “Luck in the Valley.”) Formerly performing as Sacred Harp, Bachman fell in with the thriving (“freak”) folk community in Philly, and there is definitely a psychedelic cast to his playing.  Also, according to an interview from the Philadelphia Weekly, he admits to a “weird, irrational obsession with the Civil War,” going so far as to title the record after the Battle of Seven Pines, and dubbing one of the tunes on it “Copperhead,” the nickname for the northern sympathizer.  There's that music from Daniel Bachman, some John Fahey, something from banjo player and songwriter Matt Bauer, and other like-minded works of so-called "psych-folk" or "freak folk" for this show.

Special thanks to our New Sounds Summer Intern, Ross Harriss, for helping to make this podcast possible.

PROGRAM #3390, At the Junction of Psych and Folk (First aired 10/19/2012)





John Fahey

Voice of the Turtle


A Raga Called Pat, Part III, excerpt [1:30]

Takoma TAKCD-6501 (C-1019)

Daniel Bachman

Seven Pines

Sun Over Old Rag [6:35]

Tompkins Square 260

John Fahey

Voice of the Turtle

A Raga Called Pat, Part III [9:00]

Takoma TAKCD-6501 (C-1019)
Available at, or iTunes


Espers II

Dead Queen [8:13]

Drag City DC310

Fern Knight

Music for Witches and Alchemists

Murder of Crows [3:19]


Matt Bauer

Wasps and White Roses

The Owl And The Snake [2:10]

Crossbill Records
Available on iTunes,

Matt Bauer

Wasps and White Roses

Sea Lion Woman [2:52]

See above.

Daniel Bachman  

Seven Pines

Seven Pines, excerpt [1:00]

See above.

Lewis & Clarke

Blasts of Holy Birth

Comfort Inn [7:37]

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Comments [2]

Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews from Philadelphia, PA

"A Raga Called Pat" does have a part one and two on Fahey's previous album for Takoma, Days Have Gone By. His best.

Aug. 07 2014 12:03 PM
David from Oakland, CA

Good show as always. I really enjoyed Lewis and Clarke ... if you like their music, you would definitel enjoy Line of Sky.

Sep. 09 2013 02:42 PM

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