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Memories of Reverend Gary Davis | Published by Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Video Workshop

Reverend Gary Davis playing “Candyman”

Reverend Gary Davis playing “Cincinnati Flow Rag”

Reverend Gary Davis playing “Make Believe Stunt”

Advice on Guitar Playing from Rev. Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis playing “Sally Where’d You Get Your Liquor From”

Dedicated to the Memory of Blind Gary Davis

Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis, (1896 – 1972) was a blind African American Blues and Gospel singer and finger-picking style guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo guitar and harmonica. – Source:

In the original old 78s that Reverend Gary Davis recorded, he was called Blind Gary Davis, but he was a Reverend. He was a Baptist preacher, and his audience was basically Black Baptist people. And when he combined his great guitar skills with his religious repertoire, something incredible developed (for example, “When the Train Comes Along”, which combined these two enormous talents).

He is famous for his Cocaine Blues, Candyman and other rags such as The Cincinatti Flow Rag, Twelve Sticks, and more.