pete huttlinger

Pete Huttlinger performing in 2010 at the Guitar Town Festival in Copper Mountain, Colorado. Photo by Jason Shadrick

We remember the great acoustic guitarist and PG contributor whose dazzling solo guitar arrangements inspired players around the world.

Acoustic guitarists and fingerstyle aficionados across the globe were shocked to learn that Pete Huttlinger died of complications from a stroke on January 15, at age 54. In addition to being an ace Nashville session player, Huttlinger was one of the most musical and technically advanced fingerstyle guitarists of our time. Juggling a tune’s melody, harmony, and bass lines, he could turn a flattop into a miniature orchestra. His virtuosic treatment of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” would leave players and fans alike shaking their heads in disbelief.

In 2000, Huttlinger won the National Fingerpick Guitar Championship in Winfield, Kansas, and in 2007 the Berklee grad made the first of his three Carnegie Hall appearances. Eric Clapton admired Huttlinger’s fretboard finesse so much he invited the Washington, D.C., native to play at his Crossroads Festivals in 2004, 2007, and 2010.

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