This years Guitar Masters Series at Interlochen includes axe-slingers that other guitarists stand in awe of, guitarists from the area who have made it big elsewhere, and at least one guitarist nearly everyone has heard, though they may not heard of him.
Got that? Well, thats what you get when you include fingerstyle master Leo Kottke, and Traverse Citys own Jeff Bihlman from the Bihlman Brothers/Son Seals Band and Kenny Olson of The Flask. Then theres Howard Alden, whos played on albums by a whos who of jazz musicians but is perhaps most notable for being the musician behind Sean Penns leading role in Woody Allens Sweet and Lowdown.
As was the case last year, the series is split into three nights, with days given over to classes for guitar students. The shows will be held each night at Corson Auditorium at 8 p.m.
The first nights show on Thursday, Aug. 23, features Kottke, who has been enthralling audiences and dumfounding other guitarists since the late 60s. His breathtaking technique and unusual tunings on the guitar have earned him a cult following since his 1971 disc 6 and 12-String Guitar on fellow guitarist John Faheys Tacoma label.