Morning Music: Leo Kottke

6- and 12-String Guitar - Leo KottkeI was going to get back onto my history of classical music, but it’s kind of time consuming and I’m working a lot right now. Also, I was listening to Pandora the other day and a song came on that blew me away. The guitar playing was unbelievably great. So I rushed back to the computer and saw that it was Leo Kottke. That didn’t surprise me. But it had been a while since I had listened to him. It’s easy to forget just how awesome he is.

So let’s start with a track from his first album 6- and 12-String Guitar, “Busted Bicycle.” This is from a recent concert, shot on a phone. But the sound is okay and the video doesn’t annoy me. What it shows is how much you can do with an open tuning. But if it weren’t for his amazing right-hand picking, it just wouldn’t work. That’s not to say that his left hand isn’t great. He makes it look easy. But then, he always does.

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