Darrin Kobetich
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Darrin Kobetich

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Off The Beaten Path - 2006
The End Of One Enchanted Evening - 2008



You want a tale from the road, eh? Let's just say that when I booked my first solo tour out in the western states, it was truly the stuff of legends. I went through three rent cars (busting out the radiator in one of them on a lone, rocky, dirt road that stretched from the desert to the mountains, outside Prescott, AZ.), lost my keys in Grand Junction, CO., saw a bear in Telluride, CO., and drove off with a gas hose still attached, for at least 2 hours(somewhere between Vernon and Wichita Falls, TX), before stopping for a nap, then realizing what happened (the full details of this adventure are on my blog at myspace.com/darrinkobetich).

Originally from Long Island, New York, I started out with four chords at age 12, shown to me by my Dad. We always had a variety of music sounding through the speakers at our house, growing up.
Not long after learning to play by ear, trading riffs with friends, I was playing in hard rock bands in and around Fort Worth, Texas, as a teen, before I got heavily into thrash metal. By 2002, I had become really drawn to the sound and feel of the acoustic guitar. Already exposed to the likes of Jimmy Page's acoustic playing, then Leo Kottke's, in my formative years, I had began to discover other players - Michael Hedges, John Fahey, Peter Lang, Bert Jansch, Davy Graham, Robbie Basho, to name just a few.

"Off The Beaten Path", the title of my first solo guitar cd, (released in 2006) is where I'd consider the direction my music has taken me, after playing metal for 20 years or more. Everything I've ever listened to; from Arabic, bluegrass, celtic, classical, death metal, delta blues, hardcore punk, hard rock, Indian, jazz, mountain music, Native American, old time, speed metal, thrash metal, to the Zorba the Greek sound track, has had an impact on the way I compose my tunes. You might even say "Off The Beaten Path" applies to my life's travels, after reading my blog.