Brian J. Kenny

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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This "Supermarket Dependency Blues" is also from the 2004 Northstate Songwriter's Association Showcase. It too was recorded on February 28, 2004 at the Old City Hall in Redding, California. I wrote this song when I first started working for the Flynn Family at Pacific Farms and Orchards in Gerber, California. We were launching Pacific Sun Olive Oil and it was around the time of my first harvest. Sometimes, stating the obvious is a form of protest. This song is pretty obvious and I have probably played it 200 times or more. "The supermarket don't grow no weed."

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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This version of "Roberta From Proberta" is taken from the 2004 Northstate Songwriter's Association Showcase. It was recorded on February 28, 2004 at the Old City Hall in Redding, California. I was one of the last ones to go on and I was a little bit emotional by the time I got into the on deck circle. I was introduced by Nadia Hava Robbins from the Association and I was taken aback a little bit by Nadia reading something I'd written a few years earlier as my introduction. "That's why the lawyers tell you never to write anything down," was the first thing that came to mind. 

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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From the "6 Sheets to the Sun" album comes this based-on-truth story: I got a terrible haircut that looked like a prison haircut and it broke my wife's heart. I ran with the concept of the rehabilitated man reminded of his weaknesses and the brand on both his name and his soul by a bad haircut at the hand of a barber named Dick. It is the logical extension of all those Johnny and Merle prison songs. 

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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My brother Kevin and I were on our annual hunting trip with our Dad and our brothers Brendan and Denis when we got an opportunity to jam with South Fork Mountain music legends Top Cat (Bass) and Smoke Dog (Lead Guitar). This was the second track that we cut that day, right before the battery went out on the recording deck. The other track was "Mickey St. John." Confusingly enough, Smoke Dog has a dog named Smoke Dog, who is a legend in his own right, about whom I wrote the song "Smoke Dog."

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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From the "Living With The Shades Pulled Down" album comes this song about a house of ill repute from El Camino, California, in Tehama County. I won't overburden the tune with verbiage, but I will say it is one of my favorite songs that I have written and that it has not yet been played live.

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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This is the first track that Kevin and I cut with Top Cat (Bass) and Smoke Dog (Lead Guitar) up on the Eight Mile Ridge. Lefty (from Hoss and Lefty) had written a song called "800 8 Mile" that I got Smoke Dog and Top Cat to play that evening, the memory of it is hazy as there was no tape but it was beautiful.

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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This little gem came out of the TUAME (the Unique American Music Experience) jam from 3/26/2011. True to form with that band, an off-handed comment between songs served as a catalyst for a new song. This recording fades in after we had run through a few verses and begins at the moment where we all found it. Featured on this recording are Kevin J. Kenny (Drums), Jeff V. Clinton (Guitar), Brian J. Danforth (Bass), and Brian J. Kenny (Guitar and Vocals).

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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Another spontaneous wonder that came up in between other songs at a jam. Brian Danforth (Bass) started this killer run and Kevin Jumped in on it. The tape wasn't running the first time. I got it running the second time and was tuning up when we started. It is just me on guitar, Danforth on Bass, and Kevin J. Kenny on Drums. The lyrics were all extemporaneous as well. It illustrates very clearly why those two men are my favorite rhythm section with which to create.

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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I wrote this one back in 1999, when I lived on 18th Street in San Francisco, directly across the street from Bi-Rite Market. I recorded it at Boomtown Studios, in Sausalito back then. I was resurrected on 2010 with Kevin J. Kenny (Drums) and Chuck Michniak (Bass) at a jam. I had never played it with a band before: I think it was Kevin's idea. There is a part toward the end where Kevin goes to 16th noted on the hi-hat cymbal and I come in with something choppy, and it reminds me of the Police. 

Brian J. Kenny
Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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This tune was written about the South Fork Mountain musical legend Smoke Dog's dog, who is also named Smoke Dog. Just to be clear, this is about the dog named Smoke Dog who belongs to Smoke Dog the musician. It is performed by Hoss and Lefty from the "Hoss and Lefty" show on KMUD. It was recorded at the Rocking L Ranch on Eight Mile Ridge and features Hoss (Guitar and Vocals) and Lefty (Percussive Bar and Vocals).

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Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny

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Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny
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Music and Lyrics by Brian J. Kenny