Leo Kottke

Genres: Blues Country & Bluegrass Drama Movies Folk Folk Jazz Music Videos & Concerts Pop / Rock
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Decades: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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11 September 1945, Athens, Georgia, USA. This inventive guitarist drew inspiration from the country-blues style of Mississippi John Hurt, and having taken up the instrument as an adolescent, joined several aspiring mid-60s groups. Induction into the US Navy interrupted his progress, but the artist was discharged following an accident that permanently damaged his hearing. Kottke subsequently ventured to Minneapolis where a spell performing in the city’s folk clubs led to a recording contract. His early work received limited exposure via two independent outlets, but Kottke’s career did not fully flourish until 1969 when John Fahey invited him to record for his company, Takoma. 6 And 12 String Guitar established the artist as an exciting new talent, with a style blending dazzling dexterity with moments of introspection. Kottke’s desire to expand his repertoire led to a break with Fahey and a major contract with Capitol Records. Mudlark included...

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