Kent Gustavson is highly regarded for Blind But Now I See—the definitive biography of one of American music’s most treasured artists, Doc Watson. The acclaimed book was culled from over 100 interviews conducted over 6 years with modern music’s most celebrated and respected stars. Vintage Guitar Magazine praised the book as: “A touching story about overcoming life’s obstacles.” It is a winner of a Next Generation Indie Book Award, and has sold upwards of 30,000 copies in print and digital editions.
Gustavson has garnered a national profile as an in-demand public speaker, authoritatively speaking on a myriad of music related topics, as well as independent publishing, executive coaching, motivational speaking, and social media education. For ten years he taught at Stony Brook University in New York, conducting classes on leadership, writing, literature, music and German. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Songs Considered, and he plays upright bass, piano, guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ‘ud. As a PhD classical composer, his liturgical music and hymns are played in hundreds of churches around the country, and several ensembles have premiered his work, from solo artists to orchestras.