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Leo Kottke, on the cover of his 1997 album Standing In My Shoes.

Leo Kottke (born on 11 September 1945 in Athens, Georgia, USA, North America) is an acoustic guitarist. He is widely known for his idiosyncratic fingerpicking style, which draws on blues, jazz, and folk music influences, and his syncopated, polyphonic melodies. His work is often considered part of the American Primitivism movement, partly because he was signed to John Fahey's Takoma Records label. Kottke has overcome a series of personal obstacles including partial deafness and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument. Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Shortcut: WP:-( Vandalism is indisputable bad-faith addition, deletion, or change to content, made in a deliberate attempt to compromise the integrity of the encyclopedia. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 254th day of the year (255th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... Athens-Clarke County is a unified city-county in Georgia, U.S., in the northeastern part of the state, at the eastern terminus of Georgia 316. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Playing a steel-string guitar without a pick (fingerpicking). ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Fingerstyle guitar. ... Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of the blue notes and a repetitive pattern that most often follows a twelve-bar structure. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the... In music, syncopation is when a stressing of a normally unstressed beat in a bar or failure to sound a tone on an accented beat occurs. ... Polyphony is a musical texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony). ... American Primitivism is the guitar music genre started by John Fahey in the late 1950s. ... John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string guitar as a solo instrument. ... Takoma Records was a record label which was acquired by Fantasy Records. ...

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Biography

As a youth living in Muskogee, Oklahoma, Kottke played trombone and violin before moving to the guitar and developing his own unconventional picking style. A mishap with a firecracker permanently damaged his hearing in one ear, a condition that would be exacerbated during firing practice during his service in the United States Navy Reserve. Location within the state of Oklahoma County Muskogee County Mayor Wren Stratton Area    - City 100. ... exploding firecracker A firecracker (also known as a cracker, noisemaker, or banger) is a small explosive device primarily designed to produce a large amount of noise, especially in the form of a loud bang; any visual effect is incidental to this goal. ... The United States Navy Reserve is the reserve component of the United States Navy. ...


After being discharged from the Naval Reserve, Kottke attended St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota where he was known for skipping class and instead going to the auditorium and playing his guitar for hours on end. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... St. ... Capital Saint Paul Largest city Minneapolis Area  Ranked 12th  - Total 87,014 sq mi (225,365 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 400 miles (645 km)  - % water 8. ...


Music

Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Kottke has sporadically moved in a vocal direction, singing 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. Kottke's guitars are often tuned unconventionally; early in his career he heavily utilized open tunings, while in recent years he has used more traditional voicings but often detunes his guitars as many as two full steps below standard tuning. Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... A monologue, pronounced monolog, is a speech made by one person speaking his or her thoughts aloud or directly addressing a reader, audience, or character. ... Playing a steel-string guitar without a pick (fingerpicking). ... The twelve string guitar is an acoustic or electric guitar with twelve strings, which produces a richer, more ringing tone than a standard six string guitar. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with Guitar tuning. ... Slack key guitar is a style of guitar fingerpicking that originated in Hawaii. ...


Kottke's best-known album continues to be 1969's instrumental 6- and 12-String Guitar. This album is also known as the "Armadillo album" after the armadillo pictured on its cover, and as the "Takoma album" because it was released by independent label Takoma Records. Pressured in the early 1970s to be a folk singer-songwriter rather than an instrumentalist, he recorded with backing musicians on albums such as Mudlark, Ice Water and Chewing Pine. Some of this production sounds dated now, and in recent years Kottke has begun re-recording tunes he wrote and recorded in the early 1970s. For example, 1999's One Guitar No Vocals offered a new instrumental version of 1974's "Morning Is The Long Way Home", with the countermelody opened up from behind the vocal line, stripped of its original trippy lyrics. // Perhaps the most famous musical events of 1969 are two legendary concerts. ... 6- and 12-String Guitar is a solo steel-string guitar album recorded by Leo Kottke and released by John Faheys Takoma Records in 1969. ... Families Pampatheriidae (prehistoric) Glyptodontidae (prehistoric) Dasypodidae Armadillos are small placental mammals, known for having a bony armor shell. ... Takoma Records was a record label which was acquired by Fantasy Records. ... Mudlark is the first album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Ice Water is an album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Chewing Pine is the last album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... See also: 1999 in music (UK) Musical groups established in 1999 Record labels established in 1999 // January 7 After eight years of marriage, Rod Stewart and supermodel wife Rachel Hunter announce their separation. ... One Guitar No Vocals is a 1999 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... // January - The Ramones form. ...


In the early 1980s, Kottke began to suffer from painful tendonitis and related nerve damage caused by his vigorous and aggressive picking style (particularly on the 12-string guitar). As a result, he changed his picking style to a classical style, using the flesh of his fingertips and increasingly small amounts of fingernail rather than fingerpicks, and changing the positioning of the right hand which places less stress on the tendons. He also studied more classical and jazz-oriented compositional and playing techniques. Simultaneously, Kottke moved from his relationship with major labels Capitol and Chrysalis to the smaller Private Music label. Due to this change and the relationship with Private Music, Kottke's work during this phase was often grouped with New Age music in the Windham Hill style, although his music no more fits under that category than it does under Folk music. This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tendonitis (also tenonitis or tendinitis) is an inflammation of a tendon. ... Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label, owned by EMI. // The Capitol Records company was founded by the songwriter Johnny Mercer in 1942, with the financial help of movie producer Buddy DeSylva and the business acumen of Glenn Wallichs, (1910-1971) (owner of Music City, at the... Chrysalis logo (1987-2005) Chrysalis Records is a record label that was created in 1969. ... Private Music is a subsidiary record label of BMG. See also List of record labels Categories: Record labels | Stub ... New Age music is a style of music originally associated with some New Age beliefs. ... Windham Hill Records is a record company, founded in the 1976 by guitarist and carpenter William Ackerman and his then-wife Anne Robinson. ... Folk music can have a number of different meanings, including: Traditional music: The original meaning of the term folk music was synonymous with the term Traditional music, also often including World Music and Roots music; the term Traditional music was given its more specific meaning to distinguish it from the...


Kottke has collaborated on his records with his mentor John Fahey, as well as with Chet Atkins, Lyle Lovett, Margo Timmins, and Rickie Lee Jones. He has recorded tunes by Tom T. Hall, Johnny Cash, Carla Bley, Fleetwood Mac, The Byrds, Jorma Kaukonen, Kris Kristofferson, Randall Hylton, and many others. He is also a frequent guest on the radio variety program A Prairie Home Companion. John Fahey (February 28, 1939 – February 22, 2001) was an American fingerstyle guitarist and composer who pioneered the steel-string guitar as a solo instrument. ... Chet Atkins Chester Burton Chet Atkins (June 20, 1924 – June 30, 2001) was an influential guitarist and record producer. ... Lyle Lovett, from the cover of 1996s The Road to Ensenada Lyle Lovett (born in Klein, Texas on November 1, 1957) is an American singer-songwriter. ... Margo Timmins by Jutta Brandt. ... Rickie Lee Jones on the Duchess of Coolsville album cover. ... Tom T. Hall (born May 25, 1936 in Olive Hill, Kentucky) is an American country balladeer and songwriter. ... It has been suggested that Johnny Cash family be merged into this article or section. ... Carla Bley, née Borg, (born May 11, 1936) is an American jazz composer, pianist, organist and band leader. ... This article is about the band. ... The Byrds (formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1964) were an American rock band. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Kristoffer Kris Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an influential American country music songwriter, singer and actor. ... This article is about the radio show. ...


In 2002, Kottke and Mike Gordon (then the bassist from the band Phish) collaborated on Clone, an album featuring instrumental work and vocals from both musicians. A second album from the pair, Sixty Six Steps, followed in 2005 (by which time Phish was disbanded). The duo has toured in support of both discs. Also see: 2002 (number). ... Mike Gordon (born June 3, 1965 in Sudbury, Massachusetts) is a bass player and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... This article is about a rock band; for deceptive e-mail practices, see Phishing. ... Clone is the first studio album from Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. ... Sixty Six Steps is the second studio album from Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. ...


Discography

  1. 12-String Blues (1969)
  2. 6- and 12-String Guitar (1969)
  3. Circle Round The Sun (1970)
  4. Mudlark (1971)
  5. Greenhouse (1972)
  6. My Feet Are Smiling (1973)
  7. Ice Water (1974)
  8. Dreams And All That Stuff (1974)
  9. Leo Kottke, John Fahey & Peter Lang (1974)
  10. Chewing Pine (1975)
  11. Leo Kottke (1976)
  12. Burnt Lips (1978)
  13. The Best (double album) (1978)
  14. Balance (1979)
  15. Live in Europe (1980)
  16. Guitar Music (1981)
  17. Time Step (1983)
  18. Voluntary Target (1983)
  19. A Shout Towards Noon (1986)
  20. Regards From Chuck Pink (1988)
  21. My Father's Face (1989)
  22. That's What (1990)
  23. Great Big Boy (1991)
  24. Peculiaroso (1994)
  25. Live (1995)
  26. Standing In My Shoes (1997)
  27. One Guitar No Vocals (1999)
  28. Clone (with Mike Gordon, formerly of Phish) (2002)
  29. Try And Stop Me (2004)
  30. Sixty Six Steps (with Mike Gordon) (2005)

12-String Blues is the first album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... 6- and 12-String Guitar is a solo steel-string guitar album recorded by Leo Kottke and released by John Faheys Takoma Records in 1969. ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... Circle Round The Sun is the first album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... Mudlark is the first album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the 1971 Gregorian calendar. ... Greenhouse is the second album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... My Feet Are Smiling is a live album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ... Ice Water is an album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Dreams And All That Stuff is an album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... A blonde haired, very skilled worker with a 70s look. ... Chewing Pine is the last album on the Capitol label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Leo Kottke is the first album on the Chrysalis label by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burnt Lips is a 1978 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... The Best may refer to: The Best, a single by Tina Turner The Best (t. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Balance is a 1979 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Live in Europe is a 1980 live album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... Guitar Music is a 1981 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Time Step is a 1983 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Voluntary Target is a 1984 compilation album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... A Shout Towards Noon is a 1986 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... All songs by Leo Kottke Times Twelve Everybody Lies B. J. Why Cant You Fix My Car Theme from Rick and Bob Report My Aunt Francis William Powell Back in Buffalo Mona Ray Jack Gets Up Doorbell Leo Kottke - guitar, vocals David Hidalgo - Fender six, eight string, harmony vocals... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... Thats What is one of the more idiosyncratic releases by solo steel-string guitar artist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Great Big Boy is a 1991 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Peculiaroso is a 1994 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Live is a 1995 live album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Standing In My Shoes is a 1997 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... One Guitar No Vocals is a 1999 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Clone is the first studio album from Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. ... Mike Gordon (born June 3, 1965 in Sudbury, Massachusetts) is a bass player and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... This article is about a rock band; for deceptive e-mail practices, see Phishing. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Try And Stop Me is a 2004 album by guitarist Leo Kottke. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Sixty Six Steps is the second studio album from Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon. ... Mike Gordon (born June 3, 1965 in Sudbury, Massachusetts) is a bass player and vocalist most noted for his work with the rock band Phish. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Leo Kottke - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (744 words)
Leo Kottke (born September 11, 1945) is a legendary acoustic guitar virtuoso who has developed a cult following of fellow guitarists and fans over the span of a 30-year career of recording and performing.
Kottke has overcome a series of personal obstacles including partial deafness and a nearly career-ending bout with tendon damage to emerge as a widely-recognized master of his instrument.
Kottke's guitars are often tuned unconventionally; early in his career he heavily utilized open tunings, while in recent years he has used more traditional voicings but often detunes his guitars as many as two full steps below standard tuning.
Leo Kottke Interview - 1994 (4402 words)
Kottke: I'm probably unique in that when I was a little boy of five or six instead of having a ball-player or ninja-turtle as a hero it was an announcer, a guy named Martin Agronski.
Kottke: That one was unique because it was literally an experience that I had and I did embellish it a bit but I did kick the wall and I did fall down.
Kottke: Yeah I do and I don't mind, in fact that is one of the real encouraging things about this whole career of mine is that there are tunes I wrote almost thirty years ago that I will still play in front of an audience and I still like the old tunes.
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