Voice of the Eagle: The Enigma of Robie Basho

“Robbie Basho was an angel. I don’t believe he was terrestrial.”

Probably the first thing you'll hear about Robbie Basho is how he died, yet that fateful visit to the chiropractor is only one of many bizarre stories that have caused the musician to be labelled as an enigma as well as a genius. Little known and credited during his lifetime Basho has become a figure posthumously recognised as the passionate and talented singer/guitarist that fell through the cracks of the musical landscape. Thanks to the internet though his unique voice combined with a dexterous, highly developed finger-picked guitar technique has led to a resurgence in interest.

In celebration of a such an extraordinary life film maker Liam Barker is in the midst of producing of a feature length documentary, 'a journey into the heart of an artist's lifelong struggle - designed to illuminate and satiate existing fans while serving as a perfect starting point for the uninitiated'. Combining interviews, abstract archival footage and photography of the natural phenomena and landscapes that informed his work, the to date self funded film has taken to Kickstarter in order to finance the completion of the piece. 

To let this true original be presented visually seems the ultimate way to spread his musical message, and with the success of the project I can only imagine Basho wearing knee high moccasins, sporting a wild beard, thanking each and every one of those people who have contributed. I personally couldn't think of anything better.

Check out the Kickstarter HERE

— Andrew Race