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Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945, Athens, Georgia, U.S.) is an acoustic guitarist. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on influences from blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. Kottke overcame a series of personal obstacles, including partial loss of hearing and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage in his right hand to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument.

Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Kottke also sings sporadically, in an unconventional yet expressive baritone famously self-described as sounding like "geese farts on a muggy day". In concert, Kottke intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career, played solo on his signature 6- and 12-string guitars.

Another great guitarist, more below the squiggle.

Top on the list, Vaseline Machine Gun

Prairie Home, Leo and Chet

The River is Deep

Eight Miles.  High Enuf?

Leo and Michael Hedges...

Aww, Michael, too soon...one last for Michael...

Rock on.

Originally posted to EdMass on Sat Sep 15, 2012 at 02:17 PM PDT.

Also republished by An Ear for Music, DKOMA, and Headwaters.

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