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Leo Kottke to Play Anthology 1/29

Photo credit: Bill Ellison

Acclaimed acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke will play Anthology on January 29.

Kottke, considered a genius in his field, started playing music at a young age, but guitar wasn’t his first choice. The Georgia-based songwriter cut his teeth on the trombone, something that Kottke says he loved, but with which he eventually grew disillusioned: “I never considered that a life in trombone might differ from the one I was imagining…a life lived in hotels, in black suits and skinny ties, Ray-Bans indoors.” Sometime around age fifteen, Kottke intentionally bombed a trombone recital and moved on with his life. Continue reading…

Poetic Memory: Adam Haworth Stephens (List)

If you’ve heard Two Gallants, then you know how Adam Haworth Stephens‘ voice can stick with you. The singer/songwriter’s distinctive delivery and poetic lyrics have helped make the San Francisco duo one of indie rock’s most compelling acts, and now he’s venturing off on his own.

Stephens’ solo debut, We Live on Cliffs, is set for a September release on Saddle Creek. You can download the album’s first single, “The Cities That You’ve Burned” (MP3), from his website.

To celebrate the impending arrival of We Live on Cliffs, Stephens is taking his pop-inspired alt-folk on the road. And because no self-respecting tour is complete without a stop in America’s Finest City™, he’ll be headlining at the Casbah on Sunday, August 15th. Proving that two great acts are always better than one, San Diego’s favorite songbird, the always-charming Miss Erika Davies, will be opening.

Two Gallants may be on hiatus, but Stephen’s gallantry is still going strong — the scruffy musician was kind enough to share some of his influences with us. You can read his Poetic Memory, along with the rest of his tour dates, below. Continue reading…