Thursday, June 13, 2013

Saugerties Guitarist Connor Kennedy Plays Record Release Event

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Connor Kennedy
  • Connor Kennedy

No, he’s not the guy who dated Taylor Swift. This Connor Kennedy (note the spelling; two n’s in his first name, not one) is, arguably, the Hudson Valley music scene’s fastest-rising young prodigy. In only a few short years, the 19-year-old Saugerties guitarist and vocalist has gone from playing local open mikes to performing with Amy Helm and other venerated local names. He’s also about to unveil his debut album, Nothing Lasts: Nothing’s Over (Independent), which is being heralded with a special record release show at Levon Helm Studios on June 29.

Citing David Gilmour, Albert King, Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and Freddie King as his inspirations, Kennedy formed his first band, Depot Street, at age 17. In addition to performing as a sideman to others, Kennedy leads the Connor Kennedy Band (which features drummer Lee Falco, bassist Brandon Morrison, and keyboardist Zach Tenorio-Miller) and fronts Rethink Pink, a Pink Floyd tribute act that co-stars guitarist Scott Sharrard of the Gregg Allman Band. Nothing Lasts: Nothing’s Over features six originals and a version of Bob Dylan’s “Goin’ to Acapulco.”

Take a listen to this track from the album:


The Connor Kennedy Band will play at Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock on June 29 Also performing are students of the Paul Green Rock Academy. Tickets are $20 (standing room only) and $50 (seating; includes CD and signed poster). For set times and more information, visit www.levonhelm.com.

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