With his new studio album Hold On Kirk Fletcher is back and better than ever. Having toured the world for years playing with legendary artists and his own band, Kirk’s deeply-rooted musical sensibilities and life experiences have culminated for this fresh, fearless and funky collection of original songs.
“A wonderful jouful piece of musical genius indeed.” PBS, Australia
Kirk Fletcher has a reputation in the blues world as a bonafide can’t-miss performer…he always has a band of world-class musicians, his soulful playing and singing never fails to elicit chills, and his unique approach to blues and roots music is both refreshingly modern and completely authentic.
Produced by legendary Los Angeles guitarist and close friend Michael Landau, My Turn finds Fletcher stretching out instrumentally and exploring new sonic territories on the guitar. In addition Kirk also makes his surprising vocal debut on two songs which include the Jimmy Reed classic “Found Love”, and an ultra funky version of Sly Stone’s “Let Me Have It All“. This is a project that is very near to Kirk, and one that he just absolutely felt compelled to make. So with the intuitively selected album title of My Turn, it would only be appropriate to let Kirk have the last word: ”I am so proud of this record. Though it took a while it was so much fun to get together with my best friends and just play! So here you go and God bless you all.”
This session was recorded with the wonderfully talented Jimmy Morello producing. He utilised the great Pacifica Studio and a great set of regular musicians. The result: a strong and varied album. When this album was cut, Kirk was an unknown young African American blues guitarist who had cut a demo session and wanted to make an album. After hearing the demo over the transatlantic phone lines, label boss John Stedman said ‘yes’. Kirk has kindly allowed that demo to be added to this 10th anniversary re-issue of what is now an important album. It kicked off the career of an amazingly talented guitarist who has become the ‘first call’ for every bandleader on the West Coast and whose solo career proceeds from strength to strength. Kirk adds, “Man it’s hard to believe it’s been over 10 years. So much has happened since. Gigs with Charlie Musselwhite, T-birds and many more. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did making it 10 yrs ago!”
Kirk “Eli” Fletcher is young African American man from Los Angeles who has embraced and thoroughly immersed himself in the music of his parents and grandparents: the electric blues sounds of the ’50s and ’60s. In an age when his contemporaries are immersed in hip hop, Fletcher’s heroes are people like B.B. King and Muddy Waters. Fletcher’s talent on the guitar has catapulted him to the very top of his field. On this 17 track CD, he’s joined by special guest artists Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds) on harmonica/vocals, and Janiva Magness and Finis Tasby on vocals. This CD is now available for the first time in the U.S. with 3 previously unreleased tracks.