Kevin McKendreeKevin (* 1969 in Nürnberg/Germany) is a self-taught pianist and guitarist, initially utilising the playing of Little Richard, Ray Charles and B.B. King as inspiration. At the age of 17, he became a professional musician and worked around the Washington, D.C. area playing alongside Big Joe Maher, Tom Principato, Bob Margolin and Mark Wenner. However, he also worked as a piano salesman. He relocated to Nashville, TN in 1995, and secured a job backing Lee Roy Parnell as part of his band known as the Hot Links.
In 1997, Kevin toured with Delbert McClinton as his band leader. In addition, he worked in the recording studio backing a diverse array of musicians including Anson Funderburgh and Seven Mary Three, as well as issuing his debut solo album Miss Laura's Kitchen in 2000. His association with McClinton ceased in 2011 which allowed McKendree more flexibility, and he worked with Brian Setzer, John Oates, T. Graham Brown, Tinsley Ellis, The Knockouts, Hal Ketchum, and George Thorogood amongst many others.
In 2005, McKendree issued his second album, Hammers & Strings. In the same year McKendree played on Brian Setzer's album, Rockabilly Riot Vol. 1: A Tribute To Sun Records. In 2008, McKendree contributed to Randy Houser's debut album, Anything Goes, playing Wurlitzer electric piano and Hammond organ.
More recently, McKendree has focused on songwriting and production work in his own recording studio, The Rock House, which is based in Franklin, Tennessee. He continues to perform regularly, most recently playing in the Mike Henderson Band at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
Deal With It
EllerSoul Records ER121201
recorded in Franklin, TN/USA
Rob McNelley, guitar
Anson Funderburgh, guitar
Kevin McKendree, Hammond B-3 organ, piano
Yates McKendree, piano
Steve Mackey, bass
Big Joe Maher, drums, vocals
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