Kirk Fletcher

Kirk Fletcher
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21/06/22

Kirk Fletcher "Heartache By The Pound" Album

Acclaimed blues guitarist/singer-songwriter Kirk Fletcher has announced his long awaited seventh studio album, "Heartache By The Pound" released on Friday, July 29. The scorching first single, "Afraid To Die, Too Scared To Live" is available now.

Biography

Born in Los Angeles and currently based in Nashville, Kirk Fletcher is widely considered among the finest blues guitarists on the planet, hailed for his uniquely soulful style, robust vocals, and refreshingly modern gift for authentic R&B songwriting. Having cut his teeth playing regularly in front of the congregation at his father’s Compton church, Fletcher’s fiery fretwork has seen him perform alongside an extensive list of iconic artists, from Pinetop Perkins, James Cotton, and Hubert Sumlin to Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite, Joe Bonamassa, The Mannish Boys, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, to name but a few.

Along the way, Fletcher has maintained his own world class solo career, unleashing a still-growing body of work that includes such acclaimed releases as 2018’s “Hold On”, which entered Billboard’s “Blues Albums” chart at #15 en route to a Blues Music Award (BMA) nomination for “Contemporary Blues Album.” “My Blues Pathway” followed in 2020, earning him further BMA nods for “Contemporary Blues Album” and “Instrumentalist – Guitar” amidst critical applause from such outlets as Guitar World Magazine, which declared the album “harks back to an era of blues treading new sonic ground – less raw and more refined, yet still gripping and thrilling at every turn… There’s a sweetness and authenticity to (Fletcher’s) approach that screams class.” Guitar.com agreed, writing, “My Blues Pathwaysits alongside contemporary blues albums that unapologetically register their vested interests in the golden era of the blues…There’s a simple truth about Kirk Fletcher’s music; an honesty that is unashamedly rhythm and blues.”

“Every time I pick up a guitar, I get down to business and play with a whole lot of soul,” Kirk Fletcher says. “I’ve been doing it my whole life, so it’s an extension of who I am. It’s like a personal PA system to make things louder and put that soul out there. Every note is a continuation of my childhood, growing up in church, and all the things I love. That’s what’s most important to me about guitar playing. At the end of the day, I’m just a bluesman.”

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