A collaboration of the brothers Connolly stewed over and compiled during one of the worst winters in Boston history. Kevin Connolly comes back after a five year hiatus with an entirely new sound and approach. Constant is the lyrical attention to detail and storytelling (though despite the title he has strayed from a purely New England perspective), different is the compelling layers of sonic touches provided by brother James and long-time co-producer and friend Ducky Carlisle.
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With his ninth CD release, Kevin returns to a stripped down sound featuring a wide range of American roots influences and his talented band. Connolly has a way of combining blues, folk, country and Americana influences to create a sound that is distinctly his own. The subject matter on ‘North/East” comes from his back yard and includes songs about old mill towns (“Fall River”), fishing disasters (“Fishing Life”), battle roads (“Battle Roads”), and a car that will take you there (“Chevy Impala”). Ballads go deep in the story of a returning vet in “Mass Ave”, and mysteries prevail in “Let’s Say You Do” and the swampy “Living On The Street”. Sole guest Dennis Brennan contributes blistering harp and backing vocals on the voyeuristic “Window”, while Chris Rival holds it all together with his natural and warm production style. The ballad “Evel Knievel” was co-written by friend and well-known sports author and biographer Leigh Montville, who wrote a book on the late daredevil.
Kevin returns to a big warm sound featuring a wide range of musical influences and some of Boston's best musicians. Influences incldude blues, folk, country and Americana - all combined to make a unique brew. The lyrics tell a story and the band rips it up on cuts like "Writing A Book" and "Walking Out In The Woods." Ballads go deep and talk about emptiness in the form of "Holes" and ask questions as in "House On A Hill." Songs from the perspective of a soldier at war ("Can't Feel The Rain") and songs about watching life fly by in the suburbs ("Here We Are") make this record broad in scope and emotion.
Mystery Water is Connolly’s seventh release and his first all acoustic effort. Recorded mostly live and co-produced by Ducky Carlisle, the sound is spare and simple—inspired by Rick Rubin’s American Recording sessions. Mystery Water is a flavored mix of Americana folk, blues, and roots country influences rounded out by Kevin's sense of melody and foot tapping rhythms. As in the past the songs are short stories and reflections on life using narrative characters and stark details that create black and white images. Connolly's gravel tinged voice is front and center here, complemented by the warm sound of his acoustic guitar, and Steve Sadler’s lap steel, mandolin and dobro.
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Produced by long-time guitar player Chris Rival, “Long Conversation” (2002) is probably the most roots influenced thing that Kevin Connolly has done. Pedal steel, mandolin and lots of acoustic guitars add new sounds and textures. Kevin even got James and Frank together for a mini-reunion recording session. The songs range from the introspective “Cold Little House” to whimsical satire in a song like “I Love Me”—a first ever-traditional Irish song “Raglan Road” was also something new and different. This is a very warm sounding record with a dry, natural room sound to it. Ducky and Tom Sheppard help out on a bunch of songs and Nicholas Nobili, a childhood friend and great photographer/artist in his own right, took the photos that range from pictures of Cape Cod to the Black Sea in Turkey.
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A homecoming record about growing up, the state of small town America, esoteric fishing songs, kitchen slam dancing, cab driving, and bulldog infatuation. Nominated for "Best Acoustic Album" by Boston Music Awards, selected by Performing Songwriter Magazine as one of "12 Best Independent Releases", received air play on over 150 U.S. radio stations, and released in Europe on Round Tower Music of London. Features Kevin Connolly band, Martin Sexton on backgrounds, produced by Ducky Carlisle, Dana Colley (Morphine), Frank Corby, and Lucy.
Kevin Connolly's first CD and flagship release for Eastern Front Records (former label). Features raw power of acoustic trio—Kevin on vocals/acoustic guitar, brother James on upright bass, Frank Corby on drums. Recorded by EFR President Jerry Potts in his living room on 8 tracks and a parquet floor.
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