Monday, April 11, 2022

Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon


Fans of acoustic guitar may know the name Leo Kottke who released an amazing, original and groundbreaking album named “6 and 12 String Guitar” in 1974. 

He’s widely recognized as a fingerpicking legend, especially on 12 string, and has carved out a legacy for himself because of it.

In the mid-2000s he teamed up with Mike Gordon, former Phish bass player, to make incredible and original music like this. 

They have released two albums together, “Sixty Six Steps” in 2005 and “Noon” in 2020 (from which the songs in above video are taken).

I’m more familiar with “Sixty Six Steps” so here’s a few tunes from that one.

“Rings”, instantly recognizable to me but not sure who did it originally … turns out it was Lobo from 1974.

“Living in the Country”

“Sweet Emotion”, the Aerosmith classic. Takes awhile to get going but I applaud the effort to do something different to make a well-known song their own.