By Rebekah K. Bohannon Beeler
“There is something about (guitar) players and their sound. It doesn’t start with the instrument. It starts in the heart and then goes down to the hands.” This is an excerpt from Pete Huttlinger’s Blah, Blah, Blog posted September 6, 2010, less than two months before he suffered a major stroke and while recuperating subsequently incurred massive heart failure. In light of his unique heart and the medical adversity he has overcome as a result, Huttlinger, the world renowned, award winning fingerpicker who has learned how to play the guitar twice, is an expert on matters of the heart. The battery pack he keeps by his side that powers his heart pump is not the only thing keeping him going; his music does, too.
Relearning how to play the guitar, among other things, has made him concentrate on the tone of his instrumentals and working through strained dexterity, he has found that he is “less of a show-off” but he is not in any way less of a musical mastermind and performer. He appreciates things more and that includes his guitar; realizing now that it offers more than it did before. His guitar acts as a voice for the new songs that are in his revitalized heart.
A few of Huttlinger’s amiable experiences on his entertainment resume include performing at Carnegie Hall, Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival, touring with John Denver, touring with John Oates (of Hall & Oates), several television appearances, and performs with LeAnn Rimes who often requests him for her acoustic performances. He is adding yet another prestigious performance to his long list of musical accomplishments as the guest artist for the upcoming Southern Stars Symphonic Brass (SSSB) “Strings Attached!” concert at the Central Baptist Church in Crossville on April 20. The SSSB is a professional 30-piece brass ensemble that has wowed crowds by the hundreds since its founding in 2008.
“I’m looking forward to performing with the SSSB. It’s not often that you get to hear the acoustic guitar featured with a brass band,” Huttlinger says, jokingly, “ Or should I say it’s not often that you get to hear a brass band featured at an acoustic guitar concert?”
Either way, the SSSB concert showcasing Pete Huttlinger’s magical musical abilities will undoubtedly be the musical delight of the season. Huttlinger’s rebirth can be heard in all of his songs and as his heart keeps pumping to its unique rhythm, keeping time for him and his guitar, he will be enjoying the art in all of its facets as the sound starts in his heart and moves to his hands and makes his guitar sing.
For more information or tickets to the SSSB concert with headliner Pete Huttlinger contact Dwight Wages at 931-484-6939 or visit the website at www.southernstarssymphonicbrass.com.