We don’t know how they do it, but year after year Tompkins Square somehow discovers seldom heard American primitive and fingerstyle guitar gems and reissues them. The label has just released two beautiful private press LPs by guitarist Russell Potter, dating from 1979 and 1981: A stone’s throw and Neither here nor there. To celebrate, we’re sharing this new video of Potter (and his dog, just wait and see) performing “Blue Wind Boy” just for you FJ Reader.
“Blue Wind Boy” is Potters’ opening cut A stone’s throwwhich he himself published as a freshman at Goddard College in Vermont. Apparently inspired by the music of John Fahey, Potter even named his label Fonytone, a nod to the influential guitarist’s own Fonotone imprint.
A few years later after the release of this album, Potter released his second and final album. Neither here nor there. Since then he has devoted his energies to the world of science and writing.
We’re glad these two lost but brilliant albums see the light of day, and we’re grateful that Potter brought out his Seagull Coastline Cedar 12-string for us in this exclusive video.
For more information on Russell Potter’s LPs, visit Tompkins Square.