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Kinloch Nelson

November 30, 2012
8:00 PM


Solo guitarist/singer Kinloch Nelson creates a synthesis of jazz, folk, classical, American popular music, and original compositions in programs that range from J.S. Bach to the blues, and may include references to Miles Davis, John Fahye, The Ventures, The “Folk Scare,” Franz Schubert, Flatt and Scruggs, and the occasional TV theme.

Kinloch Nelson’s 45-year career has run the gamut from classical recitals and folk concerts, to club and festival dates with country, rockabilly, jazz, rock, and rhythm & blues bands. Over the years Nelson has played with such notables as Tom Paxton, Luther Alison, Buddy Guy, Wayne Hancock and long-time influence Danny Gatton.

In recent months Nelson has opened for Tommy Emmanuel and David Bromberg, and done acoustic guitar shows with Ed Gerhard, Stephen Bennett, Muriel Anderson, Teje Gerken (Acoustic Guitar Mag), and Al Petteway (Ken Burns documentaries).

Other performances have included Time/Warner Jazz Festival in Rochester, NY; Art Park Buffalo, NY; Owen Sound Folk Festival; Akron Folk Festival; Fretted Instrument Guild of America; The NAAM Shows in Nashville & Los Angeles; and more recently the Luthier’s Invitational in nearby Woodstock, NY.

A composer and recording artist, Nelson can be heard on BKNjr Records, Heartland Records, and Sampler Records.

“Kinloch Nelson’s guitar playing is an infuriating lullaby: it can soothe with its complex yet subtle dexterity, while enraging those of us in the six-string set who wish we could play half as well. Watching Nelson play guitar is essentially witnessing the deconstruction of the instrument. Listening is a journey through American roots: jazz, country, blues, classical, folk and whatever it is that ties them all together. Nelson’s knowledge of the guitar and the dexterity with which he explores its intricacies is simply amazing. I swear the guy’s got more than ten fingers.” –Frank De Blase, City Newspaper, Rochester, NY

“Kinloch combines a great diversity of musical backgrounds, with a spontaneous musical imagination… [He] can jump from swing jazz to classical to original music in a breath… always entertaining in any genre.” –Guitar Society of Rochester Bulletin, concert review

“A musician with incredible depth and breadth. Kinloch Nelson plays with the virtuosity of a classical master and the sensibility of a pop performer.” –Portland Press Herald, Portland, ME

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