LEO KOTTKE was born on 9/11 in 1945 in Athens, Georgia, and raised in 12 different states. After high school, he hitchhiked around as a musician for a while and settled in the Twin Cities. He recorded Twelve String Blues in 1969 live at the The Scholar Coffee House, recorded Circle 'Round The Sun in 1970 and sent it to John Fahey, whose manager got him a contract with Capitol Records. He has 34 albums to his credit now, plus four singles. His latest release, Try and Stop Me, features a good deal of improvisation, unusual for Leo. He has just finished recording another CD with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, as yet untitled but due out in summer 2005.