ROSWELL Ga. – Finger-style guitarist Pete Huttlinger has become widely known as one of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players touring today. His unique arrangements and spellbinding musicality and precision have entertained audiences all over, from Los Angeles to Milan.
Now, he will appear at Ragamuffin Music Hall in Roswell for two shows Saturday, April 12.
He has appeared with country/pop superstar LeAnn Rimes, and toured with John Denver for four years until Denver’s untimely death. In 2007, Huttlinger made his debut at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. He was invited back in 2008.
In 2004, 2007 and 2010, he was invited to participate in Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festivals and often tours with pop icon John Oates of Hall and Oates.
As a recording artist, Huttlinger has released numerous albums and received wide acceptance, ranging from his critically acclaimed “Naked Pop” to his current instrumental tour de force, “McGuire’s Landing.”
At the top of his game as John Denver’s lead guitarist and starting his own solo career, it suddenly came perilously close to ending. He suffered a near fatal stroke Nov. 3, 2010. For two days, he was paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak. As he began to slowly recover from that terrible scare, he was devastated by end-stage heart failure, the result of a cardiac abnormality that had plagued him since childhood.
With the help of heart pump to assist his heartbeat, Huttlinger has come all the way back and is performing and touring again.
“The guitar is more enjoyable now, because I’m so appreciative that I’m here and that I’m able to play,” Huttlinger said.
IF YOU GO
WHO: Finger-style guitarist Pete Huttlinger
WHERE: Ragamuffin Music Hall, 585 S. Atlanta St., Roswell
WHEN: Two shows, 7 and 9 p.m., Saturday, April 12
TICKETS: Advance tickets are $30 at sixstringsocialclub.com.