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Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945) is an acoustic guitarist. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz, and folk music, and for syncopated, polyphonic melodies. He 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. He currently resides in the Minneapolis area with his family.

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When the audience is awful you can still have a great night and people will walk out thinking they h ...

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When a record company looks at me I'm very hard to market, I don't really fit anywhere, It's hard to ...

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I was taking a nose dive somewhere between eleven and twelve because my sister had died and I was pr ...

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The first music I was exposed to was Stravinsky and I loved it but I don't remember it.

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I think that open tunings are a trap really because it's really hard not to sound like an open tunin ...

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Yeah, the first thing that comes to mind is not to try too hard.

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The principle element in a performance is risk, and if you're losing interest then by scaring yourse ...

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Musically, I am still hooked and just hypnotized by the sound of the guitar itself. I mean, a guitar ...

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It's true that the more you put in the more you get out and that has to be there I think, If you are ...

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It was almost two years after I left Capital that I put out the first one on Chrysalis and that was ...

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The bulk of my set is instrumental and you have to give yourself and the audience some relief becaus ...

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I do have a library of events I can talk about and I always expect to find a different point of view ...

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I was two and a half and my folks would put it on the record player and I would run around the house ...

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It is not a mystical thing, however, it is obvious and practical and I think that what the performer ...

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Yes and for two reasons: one, I couldn't find anything to imitate at the time, and secondly because ...

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