Vocally, Kottke’s offhandedly impressive baritone was once famously described as sounding like “geese farts on a muggy day.” The critic? Leo Kottke.Beyond his superhuman guitar skills (which Kottke has had to adjust to compensate for tendonitis), he possesses a droll, disarming stage presence, often launching into strange, hilarious and sometimes touching monologues. At a later concert I attended, Kottke re-tuned and related that on a particularly long road stretch his wife put one of his albums on at home, causing his then-two-year-old daughter to hug the speaker and murmur, “Daddy …” “That’s when I knew I’d been gone too long,” he noted with a sad smile before launching into an exquisite song that merely reinforced the reasons he tours relentlessly and we pay to see him. Leo Kottke is God’s gift to guitars.
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