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.”
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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Art Thompson is Senior Editor of Guitar Player magazine. He has authored stories with numerous guitar greats including B.B. King, Prince and Scotty Moore and interviewed gear innovators such as Paul Reed Smith, Randall Smith and Gary Kramer. He also wrote the first book on vintage effects pedals, Stompbox. Art's busy performance schedule with three stylistically diverse groups provides ample opportunity to test-drive new guitars, amps and effects, many of which are featured in the pages of GP.