Kade Puckett, also known as Pickin’ Puckett, is a guitarist and singer-songwriter with 30 years of experience playing music. A third-generation picker with a dedicated love of music, his musical mastery allows for the innovative meeting of sound and emotion. His command of the guitar and audience is undeniable. Puckett has evolved from a small-town player to a world-class entertainer. Spontaneous, magical, laughable, and honest, his live solo performance is both engaging and entertaining.
In June of 2022, Kade Puckett performed at Forever Fest, before the world famous, Todd Snider! Then in August 2022, Kade Puckett opened up for Victor Wooten at the Buskirk Chumley Theater! Kade’s mastery of the guitar caught the attention of Victor Wooten and during Victor’s set, he played one of Kade’s signature licks as a nod to Kade. It was a “perfect night!”
Spontaneous, magical, authentic and witty, Kade Puckett’s live performance is a musical experience that is sure to delight! As the 2013 Indiana State Fingerstyle Guitar champ, Kade’s ability to masterfully move around the fretboard is mesmerizing. His song ‘Timmy Jo’ was chosen as the theme song for WTIU’s (PBS) show The Weekly Special. In high school Kade helped build the world’s largest playable guitar — which was later purchased by Dick Clark.
Puckett, a house performer at the Pine Room in Nashville, IN, from 2015 – 2018, holds the 2013 Indiana State Fingerstyle Contest title. This competition draws pickers from all over the world. In 2012, he placed second in the same contest.
His musical repertoire includes jazz, rock, country, blues, and funk. His stockpile of music consists of more than 400 original acoustical/Indie songs. Kade has also recorded and produced more than 600 original songs of various musical genres. His original song “Timmy Jo” was chosen as the theme music for WTIU’s “The Weekly Special”, which was a syndicated PBS show.
In 2013, Puckett played a show with one of his guitar heroes, Thom Bresh, who is the son of Merle Travis. In 2014, Bresh also visited Puckett’s hometown, of Linton IN, for a house concert which featured both pickers.
Puckett began playing guitar at the age of 13— after being influenced by his grandfather who introduced him to the music of Chet Atkins. But he was mesmerized by Eddie Van Halen’s style in the ‘80s and has since continued his musical evolution from metal guitarist to world-class finger picker and songwriter. Through the years, his musical endeavor has developed into a solo act that can be experienced at venues throughout the Midwest.
Pickin’ Puckett’s sound has been heavily influenced by Chet Atkins, Merle Travis, Django Reinhardt, Lenny Breau, Thom Bresh, Tommy Emmanuel, Jerry Reed, Eddie Van Halen, Pat Matheny, Steve Via and many others.
Indiana Fingerstyle Festival 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCDqr8zNMfM
The Weekly Special: https://indianapublicmedia.org/theweeklyspecial/kade-puckett/
Saturday’s Child, Live on WFHB: https://wfhb.org/music/saturdayschild/saturdays-child-with-kade-puckett-january-11th-at-11-am/