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April 08, 2010

Kirk Fletcher is a great blues player

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.

Videos

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.

Buy Kirk's Music from Amazon

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on April 08, 2010

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