Leo KottkeSep 24, 2022
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

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Sep 24, 2022

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Princess Theatre
112 2nd Ave NE
Decatur, AL 35601

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GRAMMY-nominated folk artist Leo Kottke will take the stage at the Princess Theatre.
An acoustic guitarist, Kottke is known for his finger-picking style that draws on blues, jazz and folk genres. Born in Athens, Georgia, but raised in 12 different states, Kottke absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child. He flirted with the violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

Upon discharge from the Navy, he became a fixture at Scholar Coffeehouse in Minneapolis, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues for Scholar’s tiny Oblivion label and sent them to John Fahey. He was signed to Fahey’s Takoma label. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.
Kottke’s 1971 major-label debut, “Mudlark,” positioned him in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his personal desire to remain an instrumental performer. Still, Kottke flourished during his tenure at Capitol with records like “Greenhouse,“ My Feet Are Smiling” and “Ice Water.”

Kottke’s songs have charted in the U.S. Top 30 multiple times and his 1988 release “Busy Signal,” was nominated for a GRAMMY. Tours in Europe and Australia have garnered a strong international following. In 2022, Kottke’s collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, “Clone,” grabbed wider audience attention.