Guitar Player is proud to help bring one of the most influential acoustic guitar players ever back to the most prominent jazz club in Northern California. He’s not on tour to promote anything in particular, so expectations are that he might bust out anything from his celebrated career at any time.
Kottke’s has been steamrolling since the late ’60s when he dropped the acoustic A-bomb, 6- and 12-String Guitar. He continues to mine new roots territory, and mix elements from folk to jazz. Kottke’s distinctive fingerstyle playing is always impressive for its singular rhythmic idiosyncrasies, and its deep resonant tone.
Kottke is also a true troubadour. With his bassy voice, he delivers terrific tales wrought with his singular wry wit.
Kottke utilizes an array of open tunings, but he’s no proponent of them.
“Stay away,” he urged readers in his January 2006 GP interview. “They’re just a waste of time [laughs]! You’ll find you get something you like in a kind of boneheaded way and you end up with tunings that apply to only one tune, and you’ll have to tune to get there. If you just play for yourself it might be fun, but if you’re going to actually perform, you’re better off in standard tuning. It’s all available in standard tuning. You only have to listen to the greats like Joe Pass and John McLaughlin to know that. One of the reasons I still use open tunings is because I have to play some of my hits. Since they were written in open tunings, I try to come up with new stuff in the same tunings so I don’t have to always retune onstage.”
Read the full Kottke feature here.
When you’re done, click the link to Yoshi’s SF in order to secure your tickets for one of the most engaging acoustic guitar and yarn-spinning experiences to be found anywhere on the planet.
Guitar Player Presents Leo Kottke
Wednesday, October 27 at Yoshi’s SF
8pm show; $28
Fillmore Heritage Center
1330 Fillmore Street; (415) 655-5600
San Francisco, CA 94115
Free Guitar Player magazines, D’Addario strings, and Planet Waves accessories
(Note, Kottke is also at Yoshi’s SF on the 28th and 29th, but GP will only be onhand on the 27th)
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to the Leo Kottke show on October 27 in San Francisco, click HERE, and put “Kottke” in the subject of your email. Winner must provide own transportation to the Yoshi’s SF, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area.