My Feet Are Smiling

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My Feet Are Smiling
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Live album by
ReleasedMarch 1973
RecordedDecember 19–20, 1972
VenueTyrone Guthrie Theater, Minneapolis, Minnesota
GenreFolk, New Acoustic, American Primitive Guitar
ProducerDenny Bruce
Leo Kottke chronology
My Feet Are Smiling
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My Feet Are Smiling is American guitarist Leo Kottke's sixth album, and his second album recorded live. It reached No. 108 on the Billboard Pop Albums charts.


The songs were recorded December 19 and 20, 1972 at the Tyrone Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the majority of the album's content being from the second night. "Blue Dot" was written three days before the concert.

The album was re-issued on CD in 1994 by BGO and in 1996 by One Way Records.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Record Guide[2]5/5 stars

Writing for Allmusic, music critic Mark Allen wrote of the album "The prodigious technique, deadpan sense of humor, and infamous singing are all evident less than a minute into the opening tune. Performing solo and playing more slide guitar than usual, Kottke wows a supportive hometown audience in Minneapolis with some of the finest playing of his career."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All pieces by Leo Kottke except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Hear the Wind Howl" – 3:10
  2. "Busted Bicycle" – 2:40
  3. "Easter" – 3:19
  4. "Louise" (Paul Siebel) – 4:26
  5. "Blue Dot" – 2:58
  6. "Stealing" – 3:03
  7. "Living in the Country" (Pete Seeger) – 1:38

Side two[edit]

  1. "June Bug" – 2:06
  2. "Standing in My Shoes" (Leo Kottke, Denny Bruce) – 2:50
  3. "The Fisherman" – 2:43
  4. "Bean Time" – 2:15
  5. "Eggtooth" (Leo Kottke, Michael Johnson) – 5:15
  6. Medley: "Crow River Waltz" / "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" (Johann Sebastian Bach) / "Jack Fig" – 7:20


  • Leo Kottke - 6- & 12-string guitar, vocals

Production notes[edit]

  • Recorded on location and mastered by Sound 80, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Engineer - Paul "Spockets" Martinson
  • Art Direction and Design - John Van Hamersveld
  • Photography - Norman Seeff
  • Producer - Denny Bruce for Takoma Productions


  1. ^ a b Allen, Mark. "My Feet Are Smiling > Review". Allmusic. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  2. ^ Marsh, Dave; Swenson, John (Editors). The Rolling Stone Record Guide, 1st edition, Random House/Rolling Stone Press, 1979, p. 210, 599.

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