Leo Kottke - an innovative acoustic guitar virtuoso,was born in 1945 He started playing the guitar at age 11 and developed a love for the country-blues of the Mississippi. After hitchhiking across the country as an itinerant music. he settled down in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture on the city's folk club circuit. He issued his 1969 debut LP “Twelve String Blues”, recorded live at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffee House. He always was inclined more to be an instrumental performer;preferably on a Twelve-String Guitar rather than be labled a singer/songwriter. His instrumentals cover folk, rock, jazz and bluegrass, all done with his outstanding finger-picking mastery.
In 1975 he reached the U.S. Top 50 for the first time; he also gained an international cult following thanks to his performances at folk festivals the world over. His live concerts in Europe in 1980 made him really popular in Germany.
In the middle of the 1980s his technique got closer to classical guitar performance.
He released an album annually from 1989 to 1991 , returned 1994 with an Album entitled “Peculiaroso”, followed by . “One Guitar No Vocals”in 1999.