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It’s Just a Box of Wood: A Conversation with Leo Kottke (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… When you’re playing a song that’s written by someone else, do you feel a responsibility to deliver it in a recognizable style, or do you take more of a jazz approach and view a tune as a canvas upon which you can paint your own picture? Well, I’ve tried with kind

It’s Just a Box of Wood: A Conversation with Leo Kottke (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… You were fairly early on in your professional career when you cut the “armadillo” album. I know you said you cut it in just a single session; when you finished making it, did you have a sense that you had created something special? I had no sense that it would do

It’s Just a Box of Wood: A Conversation with Leo Kottke (Part One)

An edited version of this transcript appeared in Rock and Roll Globe. Leo Kottke is a giant in the guitar world. While his work rarely veers into the rock idiom, even rock guitarists appreciate the creativity and fingerpicking dexterity Kottke applies to the acoustic six-string and 12-string guitar. His first album, 1969’s 6- and 12-string

Leo Kottke’s Lifelong Love/hate Relationship with the 12-string Guitar

One of the most celebrated and admired acoustic guitarists working in a fingerpicking style, Leo Kottke is an acknowledged master of the 6- and 12-string. With more than two dozen albums to his name (plus a pair of collaborative albums with Phish bassist Mike Gordon), Kottke continues to explore the potential of his chosen instruments.