Song Of The Day

Song Of The Day: Rick Dietrick, “Gentle Wilderness”

During last week’s Hurricane Harvey storms and grayness, I spent a lot of time listening to the music of Rick Dietrick, an obscure, private press acoustic guitarist who plays and composes some of the most beautiful instrumental numbers you’ll hear outside of Robbie Basho and John Fahey. Soft, melancholic, and delicate, the melodies are wispy things, all gossamer and gorgeousness. Gentle Wilderness, released in 1978, is a highly sought-after affair, and this reissue rights the wrongness of its obscurity. Released concurrently with this reissue is River Sun River Moona compilation of unreleased recordings from the 70s, and it serves to satiate the listener’s desire for more of the same.

Gentle Wilderness and River Sun River Moon are available now via Tompkins Square.

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