Watch Kirk Fletcher Demonstrate His Favorite Blues Shuffles and Gospel Licks

Kirk Fletcher
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Armed with a veritable arsenal of jaw-dropping chops and an encyclopedic knowledge of blues, Kirk Fletcher is a force of nature.  

Having travelled the world playing what he calls “the music closest to my heart,” he has previously been a member of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and toured with Joe Bonamassa.

His latest album – My Blues Pathway – comprises a selection of originals spanning a broad range of influences from classic blues to Memphis-style soul and beyond.

Speaking of the album, Fletcher told Guitar Player, “I wanted to try some different grooves on this record, to make people realize there is other stuff besides ‘Hoochie Coochie Man and classic blues songs like that.”

Kirk Fletcher 'My Blues Pathway' album artwork

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Wielding his favorite Fender Stratocaster, Fletcher stopped by the No Guitar Is Safe headquarters back in 2018 to shoot the breeze and jam with host Jude Gold.

In this awesome clip, the blues guitar ace shares nine or ten of his favorite blues shuffle approaches, and demonstrates some of the wonderful gospel licks he learned as a youth playing in the Compton church built by his father, pastor Walter Fletcher, Sr.

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as GuitaristTotal Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.