Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke

About Leo Kottke

Along with John Fahey and Robbie Basho, Leo Kottke was one of the most influential acoustic guitarists to emerge in the 1960s, his propulsive fingerstyle playing bringing a unique sound and virtuosic flourishes to the instrument. After delivering the 1972 gem 6- and 12-String Guitar, Kottke enjoyed a period of mainstream attention throughout the '70s. In the following decade, lingering hand injuries caused him to shift to a more nuanced classical-informed picking style. He's continued to veer between vocal, band-oriented releases and solo instrumental dates like 1999's One Guitar, No Vocals. In the latter part of his career, Kottke found inspiration in collaboration and recorded several albums as a duo with Phish's Mike Gordon.

    Athens, GA
  • BORN
    September 11, 1945

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