Leo Kottke, Special guest Ed Anderson - 7/12
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 pm
- 8:00 pm
About Leo Kottke
In 1964, Leo settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar's tiny Oblivion label.
Kottke's 1971 major-label debut, Mudlark, positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972's Greenhouse and 1973's live My Feet Are Smiling and Ice Water found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.
His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, Clone, caught audiences' attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called Sixty Six Steps, produced by Leo's old friend and Prince producer David Z.
Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.
About Ed Anderson
“It’s hard to think about what tomorrow’s gonna bring when you’re trying to make it through today.”
Worries may not go away but they are kept beautifully at bay in this banjo powered ditty from Ed Anderson (Backyard Tire Fire, Magic Box). Hard times demand tunes that will get us through, and Anderson has crafted one of those with this track from his forthcoming solo EP. No real surprise given the Tom Petty level songcraft he’s exhibited in Tire Fire (currently on hiatus) and with new project Magic Box, who just released their debut EP in June. Ed dishes up music that sticks to one’s ribs, meaty stuff to power us for the long haul, and based on this peek at his first official solo release, he’s still cookin’ ‘em up like a pro.