Biography All Music Guide
All Music Guide:
Since the early '90s, guitarist Pete Huttlinger has carved out a respectable career as a session musician, sideman, instructor, and solo artist. Shortly after high school, the Washington, D.C. native received a small inheritance from a relative which he used to pursue his passion for guitar, studying music and theory at Boston's Berklee College of Music. After relocating to Nashville, he became active as a session musician and was asked to join John Denver's band after Denver's touring manager, Kris O'Connor, heard him play on another project. He remained with Denver until the singer's death in 1997. Soon after, he began to shift his focus from full-time session work to making a series of instructional guitar videos and recording his own solo guitar albums. Beginning with 2002's Naked Pop, an instrumental collection of his take on pop hits, Huttlinger has gone on to record a variety of different guitar-based albums in different genres from pop to jazz to folk and Celtic. In 2010, he suffered a near-fatal stroke and miraculously fought his way back over the coming years to write and record his 2013 album, McGuire's Landing.