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" Kade Puckett feature"

By Mark Stalcup
STAFF WRITER

Picking the strings with his fingers and thumbs, guitarist and Linton native Kade Puckett has been a mainstay of the Music Fest all five years of its existence.
Puckett's musical roots run deep. The 37-year-old musician helped build and play the world's largest guitar locally, with the mammoth musical instrument eventually sold to Dick Clark.
"I try to get in all the music I can," he said, listening to varied styles of music and drawing upon everything from major influences like Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed to his latest focus, the gypsy jazz of artists like Django Reinhardt.
"If I like it, I have to learn it," he said. "Music like that teaches you to listen. You have to learn that too, along with using your fingers."
Slated for two shows this festival, Puckett will perform at 7 p.m. on Saturday and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday.
The latter show's likely to be "a little more intimate," he said, but added he rarely prepares a set list, preferring to adjust his song selections to how he feels on a given day.
"I just keep adding on music," he said, adding he's continually composing songs not only for his own use, but also for potential sale to movies, TV and other artists.
He typically performs solo, but does occasionally sit in with other artists.
"I also do weddings, festivals, and finger-picking style contests."
Performing for 24 years, Puckett's composed hundreds of songs. Some are for sale at his Web site, www.myspace.com/kadepuckett, including a cover version of "The Entertainer," a Scott Joplin ragtime tune made famous by "The Sting."
Puckett was inspired by his hero Atkins' covering the song, and worked extensively to learn how to perform all the parts, as his hero had.
"That's one of my favorite songs, even though I love rock and roll."
Puckett's proud of the annual Music Fest, a showcase that combines local talent with regional acts over the Labor Day weekend.
"I grew up in that park, swam in that park, and I still ride my bicycle in that park," he said. "It's surprising, really, how much talent we have locally. I know that there are a lot of out-of-town acts, but there are a lot of talented new acts, and some older ones, too, from here." - Greene County World


Discography

Kade Puckett has written over 200 original compositions ranging from country, jazz, blues, ragtime to classical, rock and various other genres.
He has a new album entitled "Two Hands" which
consists of 11 original compositions. He also has several songs and videos on myspace.com/kadepuckett and you tube.com

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Kade Puckett, 37, currently writes records and edits his own music from his home-based studio in Linton, Indiana.
He has 22 years of experience playing the guitar and specializes in finger-style among other genres such as jazz, rock, blues and funk.
His stockpile of music includes more than 75 original acoustical/Indie songs. Puckett has also recorded and produced more then 200 original songs of various musical genres in which he plays all of the instruments.
He began playing guitar at the age 13 after being influenced by his grandfather who introduced him to the music of Chet Atkins.
At age 23 he appeared at the Grand Ole Opry as the lead guitar player with a local country-western band.
He has performed as a solo act for the past 18 years.
In more recent endeavors, he attended a Tommy Emmanuel workshop in which he played Atkins’ “Happy Again” with Emmanuel.
Puckett has appeared at several local music festivals as a solo act.
Recently, he completed his second album "Two Hands" which features 11 original finger-style compilations.
As a guitarist, his musical mastery and ability to communicate emotion through sound set him apart from the rest.
Puckett's live performance literally sways the crowd with hypnotizing sound. Music is the language he knows best and few can express such heartfelt emotion through sound.