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Guitar Player Magazine: Kirk’s Blues Comping Tips

Kirk Fletcher Blues lessonIt is often said that great lead guitarists are great rhythm players as well, and many a brilliant player has proven this to be true. Case in point: Kirk Fletcher. As fans of the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Joe Bonamassa, the Mannish Boys, Italian superstar Eros Ramozzatti, and other artists who have hired Fletcher over the years are well aware, the Los Angeles guitarist fires off soulful, straight-from-the-heart solos that dazzle on big stages. Yet, like many truly great blues and gospel players, Fletcher also blows people’s minds when he’s playing rhythm guitar.

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Official Artist – Reunion Blues Gig Bags

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Kirk Fletcher is an official Reunion Blues Gig Bags artist!

Kirk is very excited about the association with Reunion Blues. What it means to him: “Reunion Blues is a testament to high quality and craftsmanship. And is what I consider an industry standard amongst professional musicians all over the world. I’m honored to be associated.”
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Kirk joins the tribute to the 3 Kings of Blues

Kirk Fletcher Promo 5Kirk Fletcher joins Joe Bonamassa’s live tribute to the three Kings of the Blues.

The tour begins August 7 at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ and wraps up August 29 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

 

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D’Addario Strings welcomes Kirk Fletcher

D’Addario Strings/Planet Waves welcomes Kirk Fletcher to there Artist Roster!

Kirk is very excited about that announcement because D’Addario had always a special meaning for him. He explains: “I have played D’Addario string’s since I was a child. With my mom taking me to the music store to buy a set every week for church service. So you can imagine how thrilled I am. On top of that they are the most consistent string I have ever used. And the intonation  is always stellar! A lot of my favorite guitar players use them too. I figure good enough for Robben & Larry, good enough for me.”
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Vintage Guitar Magazine – “He swings hellaciously”

ALBUM REVIEW – Live at the Baked Potato

by Oscar Jordan (Vintage Guitar Magazine)

Blues gets a CURRENTISSUE_2014_09_DEC_VGM1bad rap because of a preponderance of mediocre imposters who lack the magic. The great stuff will stir you and mesmerize. Two-time WC Handy Award nominee Kirk Fletcher has the magic, and this album is Exhibit A.

Recorded on separate nights at the legendary Baked Potato in Studio City, California, Fletcher is joined by drummer Lemar Carter and bassist Travis Carlton on the first night. The second night consists of Carter, bassist Calvin Turner, and Jeff Babko on organ.

Supplementing fresh arrangements to crowd favorites “Funnybone,” “El Medio Stomp,” and “Congo Square,” Fletcher’s sultry vocabulary adds even more brilliance to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “Lenny.” He swings hellaciously on “Blues For Kleopatra,” and explores lowdown love on Jimmy Reed’s “Found Love.”

Fletcher’s playing is a synthesis of the best qualities of contemporary electric blues, but he isn’t confined by it. On “Blues For Robben & Larry,” Fletcher displays a limitless flow of concepts in a slow-blues context.
His exceptional band swings hard on “Ain’t No Way” with Fletcher nodding to B.B. King and Robben Ford with juicy virtuosity and zeal.

 

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