a sketch of Reverend Gary Davis by Rory Block
Reverend Gary Davis, born April 30, 1896, died May 5, 1972, was an amazing guitarist and a remarkable person.  This website is dedicated to honoring him and his legacy.
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Acoustic Guitar Central - the web home of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, with resources for acoustic musicians

Acoustic Instrument Information on the Web

Peppino D'Agostino - not much to do with the Reverend except that he's an exceptional guitar player playing original music on the acoustic guitar

All Songs Considered on National Public Radio - featured Reverend Gary Davis's CD The Ultimate Collection in Episode 12

Archives of Traditional Music at Indiana University - the largest university-based ethnographic sound archives in the United States. Its holdings cover a wide range of cultural and geographical areas, and include commercial and field recordings of vocal and instrumental music, folktales, interviews, and oral history, as well as videotapes, photographs, and manuscripts.

Arhoolie Records - Chris Strachwitz deserves our thanks for his part in preserving roots music

The Ark - in Ann Arbor, Michigan, The Ark produces nearly 250 concerts throughout the year, and has earned an international reputation for the quality and breadth of its programming since its inception in 1965

The Ashgrove

Beef Stew's Blues Playground

Michael Bennett - a fine portrait artist, he did several of the Reverend Gary Davis portraits on the pictures page here on my site. Check out the other fine work he's done at Michael's "Peel The Paint" webpage.

Eric Bibb - "I met Dylan in my pyjamas and had a little discussion with him about guitar playing"

Big Tony's - This site is mainly about music; we're talking blues, calypso, early harmonica, Hawaiian steel guitar, and Telecasters.

The Blues Web (a ton of blues links)

Rory Block - official home page - fan page

Dock Boggs website. Who was Dock Boggs? Well, he was a coal miner and a banjo player. A bootlegger and a fighter. A dancer and a drinker. And some other stuff. Visit this site to find out more.

Roy Book Binder - His home page - An article about him

Caffe Lena

John Cephas and Paul Wiggins

Andy Cohen

Ry Cooder

Barbara Dane - What a singer! Recorded at least one song with the Rev. Currently performing.

Guy Davis

Alex DeGrassi - his home page - an article about him

Bob Dylan- there must be a million Dylan webpages, but here's a place to start I guess

Ari Eisenger - his home page - Ari Eisinger's Acoustic Blues Message Board

Fantasy Records - owns the catalog of Prestige, Bluesville and Kicking Mule Records, includes lots of fingerpickers

Folk Alliance - Founded in 1989, Folk Alliance was created to increase public awareness of the vital artistic and cultural importance of folk music and dance; members encompass the breadth of the folk community: presenters, performers, festivals, agents, folk societies and their volunteers, back-porch players, song circle leaders, record companies, retailers, luthiers, broadcast and print media, folklorists and arts administrators.

Folklore Productions - managed Rev. Gary Davis, Joan Baez and others. Handles the Estate of Rev. Gary Davis

Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Berkeley, CA (Berkeley Society for the Preservation of Traditional Music) - a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music. Presents many fine concerts in a small room with a great sound system

Blind Boy Fuller

Jerry Garcia - the official Grateful Dead homepage - Roots of the Grateful Dead

Paul Geremia - a discography

Richard Gillmann's Fingerpicking Guitar Page - links to fingerpickers

Manny Greenhill - was the Reverend's manager and also handled Joan Baez, among others, and ran Folklore Productions

Matthew Greenhill - manager of Folklore Production's Northern California office and musician in the group Spiral Bound

Mitch Greenhill - was the premiere guitar picker in the Boston/Cambridge folk scene, and plays now with Mayne Smith. He runs Folklore Productions, the Reverend's management and estate, and handles contemporary artists as well.

Stefan Grossman - studied with the Reverend and is the world's largest purveyor of Gary Davis material, which you can purchase at his Guitar Workshop (instructional and performance materials). Read a brief biography of him.

Ernie Hawkins has played with many long-gone blues greats such as Son House, Mance Lipscomb, Robert Pete Williams, Fred McDowell, Guitar Gabriel, Jim Brewer and Rev. Gary Davis.

Tom Hefko's Hall of the Grand Inspiritors (his favorite artists, writers and musicians)

Uffes Hörn- his page is in a language I don't read, but he likes the blues and has a page on the Rev.

JK Lutherie - Guitar Related Books, Videos, Original & Reprinted Catalogs, Magazines, CD's, Effects, Hard to find Parts, and more.

Larry Johnson

Jorma Kaukonen - His guitar camp - Hot Tuna homepage

Catfish Keith - Blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist

John Knutson, friend and luthier. In 1983 he built a guitar which I bought from him a couple years later. For sometime now has been making upright electric/acoustic basses called The Messenger.

The Last Record Store: my buddy owns this. He's ok despite what you may hear. While you are there, you could listen to a little bit of Bottleneck Slim and Easy Ed from the "Connections" compact disc that Doug made of Sonoma County musicians to benefit local PBS radio station KRCB-FM.

Eric Lugosch

Taj Mahal

Steve Mann

Woody Mann - His home page - A biography - His instructional books

Mendocino Music - vintage guitars and blues, run by Rick Blaufeld, a fingerpicker who took lessons from the Rev.

Dale Miller

Keb' Mo

The Mudcat Café a magazine dedicated to blues and folk music

Mudcat's Reverend Gary Davis Page

Newport Folk Festival

Michael Ochs Archives - Alice Ochs took many photographs of folk performers, including the Reverend Davis. Michael Ochs Archives houses her photos and those from many other famous photographers of blues, soul, rock and gospel performers.

Peter, Paul and Mary- They had a hit with their self-titled first LP, which included their version of "Samson and Delilah", the royalties from which paid for the Reverend's home. Good going, guys!

Philadelphia Folk Festival - where the Rev. and other greats perform(ed).

Utah Phillips - first-class rapscallion and a rabble-rouser, archivist, storyteller and tramp (also has a syndicated radio show "Loafer's Glory")

Rick Ruskin

Rolling Stones They didn't exactly model their lives after the Reverend's precepts, but...

Eric Schoenberg - his guitar store in Marin, California - a fan page

Mark Silber - A guitar builder, he had a music store around the corner from the original Folklore Center in Greenwich Village in New York City during the folk revival where the Reverend spent a lot of time. Now he makes some very nice instruments.

Sing Out Magazine - Since May of 1950, Sing Out! has been sharing songs and information about folk music

Alan Smithline was Gary Davis' last driver or "lead boy"

Smithsonian/Folkways - recorded the Rev. and other greats

TablEdit - a program for creating, editing, printing and listening to tablature and sheet music (standard notation) for guitar and other fretted, stringed instruments

T-Bone's RGD page

Robert Tilling wrote the book, "Oh, What A Beautiful City" about the Reverend.

Dave Van Ronk

Eric Von Schmidt

Voyager Recordings and Publications is an independent recording and publishing company that features the best in old time music, especially fiddle music.

 

 

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