Arts & Entertainment

Virtuoso guitarist Leo Kottke to play Walla Walla show

WALLA WALLA -- Some music critics are calling guitarist Leo Kottke a "national treasure."

He can play darn near anything on a stringed instrument including folk, jazz, classical, country, blues or even a little light pop/rock.

The Grammy-nominated Kottke brings his melodious sound to Walla Walla for a down-home music concert April 25.

And though he's long suffered from tendonitis, Kottke's illustrious music career hasn't been dulled by his pain. But then it probably would take more than that for the 6- and 12-string devotee to stop plucking.

Some say Kottke's fingers still move so fast your eye has trouble keeping up.

In a recent interview with the Bellingham Herald, Kottke said he can't imagine ever not playing the guitar.

He said he developed that philosophy after meeting famous jazz trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in Italy years ago.

"He told me how to do it until you drop," said Kottke, who's also known for his engaging stage presence when he performs.

Kottke confessed to underestimating the importance of playing when he was younger.

The show starts at 8 p.m. in Cordiner Hall at Whitman College.

Tickets are $30 plus service charges and are available online at or call 800-325-SEAT.