MARK FOSSON, "The Lost Takoma Sessions"
So the story goes: Tiffany Anders, while obsessing about John Fahey, discovers her cousin Mark Fosson recorded an album for him.So the story goes: Tiffany Anders, while obsessing about John Fahey, discovers her cousin Mark Fosson recorded an album for him. She tracks the album down, discovers the family legend is true, thinks it's genius, and delivers said album to Drag City. Recorded 30 years ago, Fosson's only album never saw the light of day back then after Fahey's Takoma label went under.
It's out now, but what is most beneficial to Fosson's work, much like Fahey's, is that his guitar noodling-cum-picking has a timeless feel. Fosson's songs capture a young guy and his guitar in a mostly optimistic light. All 12 cuts are instrumental and only vary slightly in their respective moods: some are sad, some are transitional and others sound like excellent music for traveling. Perhaps Drag City's rediscovery could be the catalyst for Fosson's revival, or at the very least, a new audience. -- Michael D. Ayers