Although you probably spend most of your time on YouTube searching for funny cat clips, consider for a moment how many popular musicians have been discovered through the viral video site. One of them is Topeka guitarist Andy McKee, who brings his intricate fingerpicking playing style to the Bing Crosby Theater on Monday night.
McKee, a self-taught musician, was influenced by guitarists as diverse as electric legend Joe Satriani and New Age acoustic composer Michael Hedges. Since rising to fame on the Internet in 2006, McKee has played with everyone from Josh Groban to Prince (yes, that Prince), and his most recent album, “Joyland,” was released in 2010 on New York’s Razor and Tie record label.
Go online and check out the video for his song “Drifting,” which has more than 48 million views and was arguably responsible for McKee’s national recognition. Watch how he uses his guitar to create a fuller, richer sound, strumming and plucking the strings while tapping and slapping the body for percussive effect. He’s clearly a musician in command of his instrument.