Kelmscott Music, BMI 840 County Route 2 Accord, NY 12404 Phone (845) 687-0590 Kurt Henry Website: kurthenry.com E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org The Kurt Henry Band The Repertoire: Kurt's songs have a welcome familiarity, even to widely divergent musical palates. These are popular songs meant for listening, dancing and remembering. The beat has been heard before and the melodies sound like they could have come from a faintly remembered nostalgic dream. The easy grooves combine with that uncanny sense of "having heard it before," seducing hands to drum and bodies to sway until the dancers within seek the customary comfort of movement across a freshly viewed landscape: new pop, alternative, reggae and latin, electric bluegrass, British folk-rock, R&B, contemporary--all accessible. The Goal: Popular, new, original songs with seductive rhythms that appeal to the mind, the heart and the body. The craft of an exacting contemporary popular band is married to the ideals of the popular poet--easy to understand, but opening more deeply with successive listenings. The songs are not political; the songs are not apolitical. Love triumphs in it's multifaceted splendor and tales are told while bodies sway in agreement around a virtual fire. The Scene: (Red pilot lights, blue bass, naturally finished drums, orange guitar. Two amplifiers, two microphones and stands with mike wires leading to small, well-placed sound system. Three men and one woman enter a space set off by wires and a few nondescript box-shaped objects.) Arch-top electric guitar - initially slinky and bluesy - encounters a darker almost velvet bass pumping into archetypal drums, all with a complexity that hides within the easy and familiar. Voice-joined-by-voice chooses words, caresses each vowel, compresses each sound into pictures that move in invisible waves toward listeners magnetized both by the rhythm section and by the increasing intensity of guitar, which now alternates between chunky polytones and decorative fills wrapping tendrils around staccato drum beats, splashing symbols and fat bass. A Bit of History: Kurt Henry debuted as a story-telling singer/songwriter at the Village Gaslight in 1968 and soon after traded his acoustic guitar for something with wings and throttle control (Today he favors a Brian Setzer signature Gretsch 6120.) and moved to New Paltz, New York where he formed legendary Hudson Valley band, The Womblers. He has opened up for over a hundred international acts on concert stages proving that the material has an eclectic quality that is hard to nail down. Kurt is a highly professional guitarist who has donated much of his expertise to worthy causes along the way. One such cause was the preservation of beautiful Lake Minnewaska in the Hudson Valley. It is still a jewel for all to enjoy. He is a recipient of a NYS Educator of Excellence Award (1996) and along with his wife, Cheryl Lambert, a supporter of arts education and community arts organizations. His most recent album, Love's Enough, was produced by widely acclaimed and beloved music legend, Steve Burgh, a member of the band for several years up until his passing in 2005. The current line-up consists of Kurt (guitar, voice), Alan Groth (bass), Cheryl Lambert (voice) and Eric Parker (drums, percussion).
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