Leo Kottke is a gem. A grumpy motherfucker to the core, who can play the strings off any guitar.
6 and 12-string guitar is one of the most brilliant guitar albums ever made. And he recorded in an empty warehouse, with no heating, in the winter, in someplace like Minneapolis. He had to take breaks all the time to warm up his hands. Recorded it in 2 days, I think?
I'm also a fan of his album "My Father's Face. I know a lot of people don't like it when he sings (he says his voice is, "... like goose farts on a foggy morning...") but I love it. Especially the free verse stuff like Jack Gets Up.
He's a midwest Bukowski to me.