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Thursday, Feb 06 2014 12:26 PM

'First Look': Guitarist brings skills, motivation to Bakersfield

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    "First Look with Scott Cox" host Scott Cox discusses the next artist who will perform in the Guitar Masters series with Rick Kreiser, center, and Randy Martin.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

Pete Huttlinger suffered a stroke in 2010, which left him paralyzed on his right side and unable to speak.

Working against all odds, the American guitarist pushed back the paralysis and began playing the guitar again. In the middle of his recovery, Huttlinger went through heart failure. He now wears a heart pump around his shoulder.

"I've been through a lot in my life but if I can go through it, so can you," Huttlinger said Thursday on "First Look with Scott Cox." He called into the show from San Diego.

Huttlinger will be the 12th artist in the Guitar Masters series hosted at American Sound Recording Studio on Sunday. He will also be in town Thursday to give an early motivational talk to a group of kids involved in Covenant Coffee's programs.

Rick Kreiser, with Carney's Business Technology Center, has been bringing artists to the ASR studios for locals to enjoy intimate concerts with very talented musicians.

"I brought him (Huttlinger) because of his guitar artistry but also because of his story and great comeback," Kreiser said.

At age 15, Huttlinger realized he could make a living from music and said he was committed to playing guitar at a young age. That's led him to play at least 60 shows a year.

To see and hear Huttlinger perform, head over to ASR Records, 2231 R St., at 5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $30. For more information, call 204-7685.

 

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