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Album Review

Leo Kottke's wide-release debut came about after he sent a cassette to John Fahey's Takoma label. Not surprisingly, it recalls Fahey's work in a number of respects: the synthesis of numerous influences from blues, pop, classical, and folk styles, the weirdly titled instrumentals, even the tongue-in-cheek liner notes. Kottke's brand of virtuosity, however, is more soothing and easy on the ear than Fahey's. It's far from sappy, though, the rich and resonant picking intimating some underlying restlessness, like peaceful open fields after a storm. Establishing much of the territory Kottke was to explore throughout his career, this release was also one of his most popular, eventually selling over 500,000 copies.

Customer Reviews

The way a guitar was meant to be played

I would recommend this album to all of the rock n' roll types out there who think good guitar playing is nothing more than a lot of fast arpeggios piped through a crunch pedal. I know, I used to think that way too. Now I know better. I never would have guessed that I would be playing air guitar to a FOLK album!! Highly recommended.

6 and 12 String Guitar Master!

All the way from "Blind Joe Death" to Johann Sebastian Bach would be a stretch in anyone's hands but the nimble fingers of Mr. Leo Kottke! I first heard about Leo Kottke from other guitar players struggling to learn the licks to "Vaseline Machine Gun" and "Watermelon". Back in 1974, Leo Kottke was also difficult to "format to radio"; putting him on as the opening act for many an overrated "Arena Rock" group did get him some notice. College concerts in the Northeast and elsewheres, pairing him up with more similar-sounding artists like Tom Rush and Taj Mahal made more sense! But it was the legion of budding guitar pickers still in Colleges, raving about this Midwestern Magician that sold so many albums from a small label; Fantasy Records; previously more famous for releasing platters by Creedence Clearwater Revival and Lenny Bruce! In Concert (and on The Prarie Home Companion), Leo Kottke continues to amaze and impress! More recently, he has been collaborating with other musicians and playing in a duo. One more thing, Leo Kottke, who says he "sings like geese farting"; doesn't sing a word on the magnificent Six & Twelve String Guitar! Fourteen cuts from a Fantastic Fretmaster! Enjoy! Grimmbo.

One Of The Greats

This is one of the classic fingerpicking albums of all time. Though of a slightly different mood than Doc Watson's first it should be placed in that catagory, and if you ever get the chancem see Leo live. His mastery of his particular style amazes even more in person.


Born: September 11, 1945 in Athens, GA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke was born September 11, 1945, in Athens, GA. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone before trying his hand at the guitar at age 11. After developing a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt, Kottke lost much of the hearing in his left ear as a result of a mishap with a firecracker; during a later tenure in the Naval Reserve, his right ear suffered permanent...
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