Prince George’s Claims 3 of the Top 100 Guitarists of All Time

Roy Buchanan, of Mount Rainer, is No. 57.  John Fahey of Takoma Park is No. 78.  And Link Wray of Accokeek, is No. 45.  Each of them are part of an exclusive club, according to Rolling Stone Magazine:  the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.  Is there any other county in the world with such a wealth of top guitarists.  Of All Time!

Well, let’s first check out Roy Buchanan, who lived in his mother-in-law’s house in Mount Rainer during the day and jammed for years at Bladensburg’s Crossroads bar.  He was “discovered” in 1971 after a Washington Post profile drew attention to his special gifts:  here he is live performing The Messiah Will Come Again:

And then there is Link Wray, a Shaunee guitarist who set up a recording studio with his brother at their farm in Accokeek.   His song Rumble was an enormous influence on  guitarists like Jimmy Page:

Finally, the great John Fahey, who lived in the part of Takoma Park that was once Prince George’s county, who named his record label, Takoma, after his town, and who, in 1959,  recorded the very first Takoma record at St. Michaels and All Angels Church in Adelphi, MD and that material would become the very first Takoma record, Blind Joe Death.   Here he is in 1981 performing Poor Boy Long Ways from Home:




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