Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke

Kyle James Hauser

Saturday, October 20

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

The Armory

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Leo Kottke
Leo Kottke
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Kottke had previously entered college at the U of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then to New London and into the Navy, with his twelve string. "The trip was not something I enjoyed," he has said, "I was broke and met too many interesting people."

Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar's tiny Oblivion label. (The label released one other LP by The Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)

After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey's Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke's 1971 major-label debut, "Mudlark," positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972's "Greenhouse" and 1973's live "My Feet Are Smiling" and "Ice Water" found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.

With 1975's Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.

His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, "Clone," caught audiences' attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called "Sixty Six Steps," produced by Leo's old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.
Kyle James Hauser
Kyle James Hauser
The first year of Kyle James Hauser’s music career began auspiciously: he performed at CMJ, SXSW and the Toronto Int’l Film festivals; was a competitive finalist at Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folk festivals; and released his first record “Oh Oh” on sonaBLAST! Records.

A graduate in Songwriting from Berklee College of Music, Kyle James Hauser went on to study banjo under Jayme Stone, Noam Pikelny, Chris Pandolfi and others. He’s been involved in over a dozen album releases over his career, and his album "You a Thousand Times" reached #1 on Colorado Public Radio a month after its 2014 release. His songs are featured in film and television including Judd Apatow’s The Big Sick, MTV's series 16 & Pregnant and Teen Mom, Where Hope Grows and many more.

Kyle James Hauser’s performance credits include performances at the Kentucky Derby, and sharing the stage with Nathaniel Rateliff, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, The Head and the Heart, Brett Dennen, John Hiatt, David Grisman and more. Playing with Colorado band Rapidgrass 2014-2016, Hauser released two albums and toured internationally, most notably headlining La Roche Bluegrass Festival in France and winning 2015’s RockyGrass Competition. In 2015, Hauser also seized the opportunity to co-write a ballet with one of the country’s most highly-regarded regional ballet companies, the Louisville Ballet.

Hauser currently serves as Programs Coordinator for the Detour touring program at Bohemian Foundation’s groundbreaking incubator, The Music District. He’s been involved in music nonprofits Louisville Folk School (as co-founder), Think 360 Arts, Colorado Music Collective and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition to a private teaching practice he teaches songwriting at the Berklee College of Music and has given masterclasses at schools all over the country, including Oberlin Conservatory and Swallow Hill.


You a Thousand Times (sonaBLAST! Records, 2014)
Oh Oh (sonaBLAST! Records, 2012)

Music in Film and TV


The Big Sick(Apatow Productions, 2017)
Beauty Mark(The Group Entertainment, 2017)
Split (Derby City Productions, 2016)
End Of The Line (Wilder Productions, 2015)
Creditors (Tough Dance Productions, 2015)
Where Hope Grows (2014)
A Strange Brand of Happy (Rebel Pilgrim Productions, 2013)
2nd Serve (The Group Entertainment, 2013)
YERT (Media Changing Media, 2012)


16 and Pregnant (MTV, 2012)
Teen Mom (MTV, 2012)

Also Appears on

Crooked Road - Rapidgrass Quintet (banjo/voice/songwriting, 2015)
Belle 100 Steamboat Songs (sonaBLAST! Records, 2014)
Self Titled - Rapidgrass Quintet (banjo/voice, 2013)
Self Titled - Lee Ave (producer/guitar/voice, 2012)
Live for Today - The Drunken Hearts (banjo, 2012)
Lexicon - Will Knox (banjo, 2012)
Misfit - Rob Roper (banjo, 2011)
The Matador and the Acrobat - Will Knox (banjo, 2010)
Self Titled - Head for the Hills (banjo, 2010)
Unpredictable - John McVey (banjo, 2010)
Hearts, Words and Other Forgotten Things - Ayo Awosika (banjo, 2009)
Another City - Brooke Parrott (banjo, 2008)
Buckled Knees - Will Knox (banjo, 2007)
Self Titled - Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (banjo, 2007)
Last Call Poets - Audible Audities (banjo, 2007)
Self Titled - Johnny Vs The Ninjas (guitar/vocals, 2006)
Venue Information:
The Armory
314 E. Mountain Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524