Leo Kottke at Clayton Opera HousePosted: Updated:
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke's major debut was in 1971. Mudlark put him in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his wishes to remain an instrumental performer. He flourished during his tenure with Capitol records as he branched out with guest musicians and honed his guitar technique. He is known for a fingerpicking style that draws on blues, jazz and folk music, and for syncopated polyphonic melodies. Focusing primarily on instrumental composition and playing, Leo also sings sporadically, in an unconventional yet expressive baritone. He intersperses humorous and often bizarre monologues with vocal and instrumental selections from throughout his career.
He recorded seven albums with Capitol records during the 1970s including Chewing Pines, Greenhouse, My Feet Are Smiling and Ice Water. He released an album annually from 1989 to 1991. His album Great Big Boy featured Lyle Lovett. In 2002, he collaborated with Mike Gordon (the bassist from the band Phish) to produce an album featuring instrumental works and vocals from both musicians. They paired for a second album in 2005 and the duo toured in support of both albums.
Saturday April 14 at 7:30 pm