Featured Artists Include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho & Harry Taussig

On March 23, Craft Recordings will release The Thousand Incarnations Of The Rose: American Primitive Guitar and Banjo (1963-1974) on 2LP, CD, and digital. This new compilation celebrates the groundbreaking, inventive approach to traditional instrumentation brought forward by an impressive group of maverick artists whose interpretations of folk, blues, and traditional song gave rise to one of American music’s most unique and influential stylistic schools, known today as American Primitive. Featured artists on the compilation, which serves as a “Who’s Who” of the genre, include John Fahey, Leo Kottke, Robbie Basho, Harry Taussig and more. The two-LP vinyl edition features deluxe gatefold packaging, and a tipped-in booklet containing new liner notes by compilation producer Glenn Jones and illustrations by Drew Christie. The CD configuration comes housed in a softpack and features a booklet containing both Jones’ notes and Christie’s artwork.

Order the release via the Craft store. 

The Craft Recordings release comes in connection with a three-day festival by the same name, The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose, which promises to be a music festival unlike any other. Taking place at multiple venues in Takoma Park, MD from April 13th – 15th, the festival brings together for the first time more than 25 acoustic fingerstyle guitar and banjo players from every era of the American Primitive/Guitar Soli movement and every corner of the United States; pairing legends such as Peter Lang, Max Ochs, Harry Taussig, and Peter Walker with modern day heavy hitters like Glenn Jones, Marisa Anderson, Daniel Bachman, and Nathan Bowles. There will also be documentary screenings and rare footage of John Fahey, Robbie Basho, and Jack Rose, plus panel discussions with scholars and musicians. It is only fitting that Takoma Park, Fahey’s boyhood home, will host the festival this year, which commemorates the 60th anniversary of his very first recordings. For tickets and additional information, including lineup and event schedule, please visit

Track Listing


1. John Fahey — Night Train to Valhalla 

2. Leo Kottke — The Ice Miner 

3. Leo Kottke – Anyhow 

4. Peter Walker – April In Cambridge 

5. Harry Taussig – Water Verses 

6. Harry Taussig – Children’s Dance 

7. Sandy Bull – Little Maggie 

8. John Fahey – On the Banks of the Owchita 

9. Peter Walker – Gypsy Song 

10. Max Ochs – Raga (1) 

11. Max Ochs – Raga (2) 

12. Billy Faier – Longhorn Express 

13. Robbie Basho – The Thousand Incarnations of the Rose 

14. Fred Gerlach – Eyrie 

15. George Stavis – Winterland Doldrums 

16. Peter Lang — When Kings Come Home 

17. John Fahey — The Portland Cement Factory at Monolith, California