Sierra jewel: Peter Joseph Burtt & Kingtide at Crystal Bay

Clare Foster / Tahoe Onstage
Peter Joseph Burtt plays world blues with a kora.

Peter Joseph Burtt went to West Africa to create his sound. Lake Tahoe residents don’t even have to leave home to hear it.

The musical jewel of the Sierra Nevada lives at North Shore, and Peter Joseph Burtt and the Kingtide will perform on Friday night in the Crystal Bay Casino’s Red Room.

“You all have a real treasure up there, a real gem,” said Eric Lindell, the songwriter guitarist who performed at Tahoe earlier this week with the New Orleans super group Dragon Smoke. “I don’t know if everybody up there realizes it, but that guy is one of the best.

“He’s like Bob Dylan. He should be bigger than anybody you can think of, Ben Harper, anybody. His band is incredible, his voice is incredible, his lyrics are incredible and they have a great sound.”

Burtt plays the 21-string lute-bridge-harp kora, the mbira, which often is called a thumb piano, and the guitar. His sound is often described as world blues. Burtt lived and learned music and poetry in Zimbabwe, Ghana and Gambia.

Earlier this year Peter Joseph Burtt and the Kingtide released the album “Mermaid’s Curse.” The talented band includes guitarist Zebuel Early, bassist Sam Ravenna, drummer Mike Adamo, keyboardist Todd Holway and percussionist Ibou Ngom.

  • Peter Joseph Burtt and the Kingtide
    When: 11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1
    Where: Crystal Bay Casino Red Room
    Cover: free

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