If you are anything like me, you love finding out about great guitar players. I do like many different styles of music, but blues always has a very special place in my heart. So when I discover a great blues player that I haven't heard before, I get all smiles. Guess what, that just happened to me! I am talking about a great guitar player by the name Kirk Fletcher.
Go have a preview right now of some of his material on Amazon - he is such a tasty player.
I have a feeling Kirk Fletcher is not a player most people have heard. Now that is a shame, and I'm here to try and make a small improvement on that.
So who is this guy? Here are a few details I snagged from his website, http://www.kirkfletcherband.com.
Kirk Fletcher has worked established artists such as Janiva Magness, Charlie Musselwhite and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, as well as performing with James Cotton, Pine Top Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, Ted Harvey, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Michael Landau, Elvin Bishop, Ronnie Earl, Doyle Bramhall, Michelle Branch and many more… Kirk Fletcher is considered one of the best young guitar players on the blues scene today.
I just got his latest album delivered today, and it is really good. It's called "My Turn" and there is a lot of great music on this record. Kirk's guitar playing is very soulful, mature and tasty. He's got chops and groove, and is very inspiring to listen to. If you want to hear a great blues guitar player who's got soul and great tone, you should get this album. I've been enjoying it all day.
Kirk plays funky and groovy too. His music is blues based, but incorporates many styles, such as funk, jazz, hendrix, pop and rhythm and blues, etc. He's got a great voice too, a voice that is a little bit reminiscent of Robert Cray, but a little less polished, perhaps. I think it's just great - I wish I could sing like that!
I believe Kirk plays Suhr guitars and for amps the album booklet mentions Headstrong amps (I am not familiar with those amps personally). I have seen pics of him using Custom Audio Electronics too. His tone his huge and with great bite throughout the album. There are some slower cuts too, where a tasty Fendery clean tone is apparent.
Here's a few I found on youtube, so you can get an idea of what he sounds like. If you told me you don't like his playing, I would just not believe you!
Get one of Kirk's albums - click the album previews below.
That was one sweet guitarist playing. I'm going to start paying attention to him
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Thanks guys, glad you like him too. His new album has some fantastic playing on it.Comment added on April 12, 2010
Kirk is awesome. Hope to get to see him live one of these days! Thanks for letting me know about him, Ricky Paquette move over!!!
the 3 video was the best to meComment added on April 08, 2010
Thanks Robert for the sugestion.
I'll keep this guy under attention.
Thanks for the heads up on this blues player....I like not only his solos but how he works in and out with the vocalist...Reminds me of Coco Montoya and Walter Trout by the way excellent website your teaching abilities are the best I have seen on the net so far...A lot of guys are just blowing their stuff to show off Thanks
That's goodComment added on April 08, 2010
Wow; this guy can pound out the blues!!! Great vids !!! He is great; Love him to death....Thanks Robert for sharing.Comment added on April 08, 2010
I first saw Kurt with Charlie Musslewhite seven years ago and was blown away. Since I have seen him several times (3 times on the LRBC), seen him with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and on the last Blues Cruise with the Manish Boys. Many of the headlining guitarist I talked to on the Cruise said they thought that Kurt was the best, or one of the best guitarists on the Cruise. I am a huge fan!Comment added on April 08, 2010
can you say freddie cannon?..this guy is GREAT...thanks robert...Comment added on April 08, 2010
Kirk Fletcher - Wow...thanks for the tip. So far, I am really impressed. I will definitely make sure that he is in the rotation.Comment added on April 08, 2010