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Listen: Leo Kottke on Mountain Stage


Renowned acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke has a career that spans five decades, dating back to his 1969 debut album 6 & 12 String Guitar. This week we’re revisiting his 10th appearance on Mountain Stage since 1990, including our pick for Song of the Week.

“From Pizza Towers to Defeat” is a track from Clone, Kottke’s 2002 duo album with Phish bassist Mike Gordon. With his trademark bounce and dynamic, jaw-dropping finger-picking, Kottke charms with this “true story” performed live on Mountain Stage.


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Members of BKO along with Ari Hest, Johnny Irion, Larry Groce and Julie Adams, during the finale of Mountain Stage.

You’ll hear the entire set from Kottke, plus sets from Mali’s BKO, and three distinctly different singer-songwriters: Josh Rouse, Johnny Irion, and Ari Hest. They’re all in live performance on the latest episode of Mountain Stage. Find your station here, and be sure to follow Mountain Stage on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates.


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Named after the airport in their West African home, Mali’s BKO bring their modern sound to Mountain Stage on this week’s broadcast.