KINLOCH NELSON, a solo fingerstyle guitarist/singer, creates a synthesis of folk, jazz, classical, American popular music, and original compositions. His programs vary from J.S. Bach to the blues and may include references to Miles Davis, Schubert, Flatt and Scruggs, The Ventures, and the occasional TV theme. Kinloch Nelson started performing in 1969.

Contact Details

  City Pittsford, NY
  Zip Code 14534
  Address 2 Old Farm Circ
  Phone Number (585) 264-0848

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This is American guitar music born not of the blues, but glistening, plaintive chaconnes and tone poems with their roots in Segovia medievalism, European folk music, and the Northern folk renaissance. Beguiling and strange, this is a real find. Sometime in late 1967, my high school friend Carter Redd and I began playing guitars together, experimenting and working on songs of the day: Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Donovan. Before long we were writing songs and instrumental guitar tunes. The following summer found us at radio station WDCR in Hanover HN discovering the magic of recording studios and beginning to make these recordings.

Over the years I have played a lot of different styles of music. I started playing as a kid in the 1950's when half the cowboys in the movies, on tv, and on the side of lunch boxes rode horses and strummed the guitar. The first song I learned was "Hang Down Your Head Tom Dooley", from a baby sitter in 1958 or ‘59. I started learning songs during the folk revival of the early 1960's. By the time the Beatles hit in 1963 I was writing my own songs, some of which are actually not that bad. I discovered fingerpicking in high school in 1968 listening to John Fayhe, Donovan, Dylan, John Renbourn and a host of others.

Fingerstyle guitarist Kinloch Nelson joins us on this week's FJ Podcast to talk about Partly on Time: Recordings 1968-1970, his new (and highly recommended) anthology on Tompkins Square. The backstory on these demo and previously unreleased recordings is simply incredible. Kinloch sheds light on the making of these long-lost recordings, his guitars of choice and the ill-fated session he was supposed to do with John Phillips of The Mamas and the Papas, plus a lot more. Spend 40 minutes watching Kinloch Nelson in this Acoustic Guitar Session and you might just become a better guitarist.