By Clea on January 27, 2016
Ultimate Blues Tone Capsule. Developed by Roland engineers under the supervision of Blues guitarist Kirk Fletcher, the Ultimate Blues Tone Capsule changes the sound and response characteristics of the original Blues Cube amps to provide custom voicings approved by the artist himself.MORE >>
By Kirk on January 20, 2016
It 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.MORE >>
By Clea on December 11, 2015
By Kirk on January 20, 2015
By Clea on November 12, 2014
ALBUM REVIEW – Live at the Baked Potato
by Oscar Jordan (Vintage Guitar Magazine)
Blues gets a bad 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.
This article originally appeared in VG’s December’14 issue. Read the article hereMORE >>