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Night Of Impossible Guitar

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Leo Kottke brought his one-man encyclopedia of acoustic guitar to Manchester’s Palace Theatre last night.

With all of the depressing war-related news, rumors, etc., it was nice to sit down and hear some music in one of its purer forms: just a guy and his guitar.

And what a guitar it is. Leo Kottke’s playing is unique in the acoustic guitar world. Sure, there are other fingerstyle players, aficionados of alternate tunings, slide players. You name it. None of them sound like Leo (ok, maybe you can count John Fahey in there…and while I love his playing too, it’s just not the same).

Walking basslines below chiming artificial harmonics, aggressive ‘circular’ rhythms, atonal ‘bent’ chords…all with beautiful melodies somehow woven in.

I don’t know how he does it.

And then I got home from the show and glanced over at my guitar. I could just swear that it shot back with a “who the hell are you lookin’ at?!”

I looked away and skulked off to bed.

(First posted on Mark Is Cranky)

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  • The Theory

    i quite envy you. lots & lots.

    whenever i see great guitar players live (Phil Keaggy, namely) I can’t pick up a guitar for a while, usually at least a week or two.

    peace.