Mention the name Karl Ratzer and you will hear tales told, many between myth, truth and half-truths, rumors stretching out of the past, making the image of the great Austrian guitarist all that more full of mystic and panache. He is one of the few Austrian musicians to have emerged successful on the North American continent, with the likes of Joe Zawinul, Hans Koller and Fritz Pauer. His trademark guitar style is one of pure clarity and authenticity, combined with a powerful and impressive performing style he has the ability to pull audiences into his musical wake. The famed musical journalist, Bill Milkowski has mentioned Ratzer in the same breath as John Scofield, Danny Gatton, Roy Buchanan, Lowell George, Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Sonny Landreth and Amos Garrett. He describes Ratzer’s style as “possessing a rich, creamy tone, a daring improvisational streak, a vibrato technique to die for and a penchant for real-deal blues, funk and soul, Ratzer rates as an authentic guitar hero on par with the best plectorists, six-stringers and chicken-pickers on this side of the pond."