January 25, 2013
With openers The Easy Ramblers
“Byrdsy jangle, boy-girl harmonies…irresistible” -Rolling Stone
“Unabashed, hook-laden pop” -Village Voice
“More hooks than Marilyn Monroe’s closet” -Chicago Sun-Times
THE KENNEDYS - In a career that now spans two decades, New York duo Maura and Pete Kennedy have traversed a broad musical landscape, surveying power pop, acoustic songwriting, organic rock rooted in their early days in Austin, and a Byrds-inspired jangle that drew the attention of McGuinn, Steve Earle, and most notably Nanci Griffith. The duo co-produced Nanci’s latest CD, and are currently touring the US and the British Isles with the Texas songstress. Alan Harrison of Made in Newcastle said "Opening act, the Kennedys, had a nice line in Country-folk with a quaintly English edge to it and songs like When I go and The Midnight Ghost, won them plenty of new fans, as was witnessed by the long queue buying up their CD’s at the intermission." On their new release, "Closer Than You Know", out on August 21, 2012 via Burnside Distribution in the United States, and October 15, 2012 via Proper Distribution in the UK, The Kennedys strike out into new territory, this time inspired by a sojourn in Paris, where they immersed themselves in the turn of another century, the time when Debussy and Ravel were inventing the sonic palette of modern music. No strangers to reinvention, Pete and Maura came up with a cappuccino-fueled concept at a small café in Montmartre: music inspired by the Impressionist composers, married to the rock and pop sounds for which the duo have long been known. In the spirit of Paris-trained composer Burt Bacharach and his lyricist partner Hal David, Pete took on the task of creating musical landscapes that would cushion Maura’s lyrics and bell-like harmonies. The songs have a quality, inherent in Maura’s voice, that is both soothing and urgent. As writers and producers, the Kennedys continue to mature, from their early style-conscious pop to today’s burnished sheen. Always tuned to their own muse, Pete and Maura have once again come up with a unique sound that is as uplifting as it is unclassifiable. The Kennedys CD release tour for "Closer Than You Know" will take them to New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis, Ann Arbor, and many places in between, with a UK CD launch scheduled in October.
THE EASY RAMBLERS - The Easy Ramblers officially formed in 2010 when Maureen, Dann and Eddie got together to record an original song for My Heart’s Right There – Songs for Tipperary Hill. From there, the trio met as schedules permitted to craft Easy Does It, their debut recording released in 2011. Live, The Easy Ramblers mix their originals with hand-picked covers from the likes of Gillian Welch, Allison Krauss, Peter Rowan and other innovators in song. With one listen you will come to realize there is a special chemistry with the blending of these three creative individuals. You hear craftsmanship, clever compositions, simplicity. Music that is old and new fun at the same time, layered with Maureen’s soaring vocal capabilities. Not pure folk or traditional bluegrass – easy grass? Regardless, as the name suggests, it’s worth the effort to stroll on over the next time The Easy Ramblers wander up to the bandstand.
Friday, January 25 at 8pm