Over the course of his career, Leo Kottke has released more than forty albums: twenty-one solo, two collaborations, four live, four film soundtracks, and ten compilations. That level of productivity puts him in a class with Neil Young, Bob Dylan, and very few others.
And yet if you haven’t heard of him, you’re in good company. A 2009 Pittsburgh Tribune profile of Kottke explains that he “is not the most famous guitarist… he’s not flashy or flamboyant, and his profile is such that if he attended the Grammy Awards, he’d probably go unnoticed.” While he has recently attracted increased attention because of his collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Kottke remains one of the guitar world’s best-kept (relative) secrets. He is a prime example of an artist whose reputation lags behind his considerable talent and seemingly-infinite output.
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