this inspired new age
...and it really bugs me that new age became so new-agey and shiny-objects oriented that it forgot it's roots at the door and came to pander to the aging middle class ex-hippie living in a $750,000 house eating Thai takeout. this is where it began, along with Basho's contemporaries John Fahey, Sandy Bull, and Leo Kottke. This guy is by far the rawest and most primitive of the Takoma stable. Introspective and personal to the extreme, Basho's style wears his heart, and nothing else, on it's sleeve. The man really projected himself clearly through his guitar playing, and what emerged was a beautiful tension....a tension that he was probably dying to shed from his body and mind. His style, rough and raw, is nevertheless very compelling.