It was born quickly from an intense flood of emotions that hit me one day in the early spring (last year) just after our first Tennessee winter… poetically, I was walking through a cemetery… how goth of me.
The new single is called ‘One’, and is the first song I wrote here in Nashville. It is the first piece of solo music I’ve released since my 5th album in 2013.
Since starting Basement3Productions back in 2008, and working pretty much 7 days a week for years producing music for others, I was getting plenty of opportunity to create music (be creative), and I am blessed to be able to make a living in this way. It did dawn on me however that I’d learned the process of recording over many decades with one main goal, and that was simply so I could create my own music—it was my private escape from the world to hull up in my studio making anti-mainstream music—lol.
Being here in Nashville around so many artists perhaps reminded me that there is something fulfilling about creating a song from scratch in your own voice—music has always been more about art and self-expression to me than a commercial endeavor to create product, and I suppose there is a cathartic release in realizing an emotion through a creation, be it a song, a photograph, a painting. I missed that….so here we go!
We even went big and did a video! Thank you to Sabine for the filming and Adapted Creations in Australia for the editing!
I’ll be releasing singles for the time being, as all my song ideas right now are very different… I already have another single complete, and it’s totally different! We are concentrating more on videos and our YouTube channel, so please take a few seconds to go SUBSCRIBE to our channel… we’ll be putting out some cool stuff! Also…if you dig this, please SHARE the video with those you think would dig it… the song is also available on all the streaming places, it’s for sale, etc…. sharing, buying, liking, subscribing…it all helps us. I hope you enjoy the music!
WHAT KENNY HAS TO SAY ABOUT KURT: Kurt Gundersen is one of those artists who really makes me love my job—he writes thoughtful cool songs and has a wide open mind for where they can go. Kurt contacted me just by chance on LinkedIn—it was mid September of 2017, and Sabine and I had just decided we were headed to Nashville, so Kurt was one of the last people I booked while still living in California.
We recorded tracks for a few songs, and then I worked on them up until the time we left. Kurt’s initial demos gave me a very acoustic, folky vibe, so that’s what I initially came back with…he liked them, but thought the might be a little too tame…then we talked about his influences more—Tom Petty, Camper Van Beethoven, etc., and I knew then I didn’t have to be conservative in terms of production…that’s when the fun really started and we both were able to really think of many more possibilities for his songs.
We got the first 2 songs done and then we continued to work after I got to Nashville, passing files back and forth via Dropbox, which is actually mostly how I work. We’d get the basics and feel of the songs dialed in, then on my bi-monthly trips back to California, we’d get into a studio and record his parts. The songs would then be completed and mixed here in my Nashville studio. The process was super fun, and I’m super proud of Kurt and his really great 1st album. I’m really proud of the very cool end product we came up with, and now it’s time for the world to enjoy his great songs!
WHAT KURT HAS TO SAY ABOUT KENNY: Kenny is so awesome to work with! He’s gentle, kind, helpful and supportive. He’s a great musician, singer, and producer and has a ton of creativity and interesting ideas. He can take general ideas I have and run with them. He gets what I mean even if I can’t clearly articulate it – we speak the same language. I think of him as my John, Paul, George, Ringo AND George Martin all rolled into one person! He’s really that talented. No seriously. I can’t say enough about how grateful I am to have found him to help me make music!
Join me at this years 39th Annual West Coast Songwriters Conference – September the 14th and 15th in San Francisco!
It’s a conference FOR singer songwriters – you’ll meet industry professionals, your songwriting peers, you’ll be inspired, enjoy panels and workshops, you can share your music, and you’ll make lots of new friends.
I’ll be doing 2 panels on Sunday – at 10am it’s PRODUCING THE BEST RECORD and at 11am it’s STUDIO PREPARATION.
If you’ve never been to one before you should definitely check it out. https://www.westcoastsongwriters.org
If you have been and you are going come say hi! I’ll be there on the friday night ‘Kick Off’ Party as well at the Hard Rock Cafe.
These are always a lot of fun, and I have a LOT of information for you if you want it!! See you there!
Yes the music is mine an instrumental called Funky February 🙂
Kentucky! This past weekend, Sabine and I were visited here in Nashville by our great friends Lori and Pete. We showed them a bit of Nashville for a day and a half, and then we went on a road trip to the Bluegrass State, Kentucky. We were seduced by it’s extreme beauty—vast fields of lush grass and rolling hills covered in broad leaf forests.
Distilleries! This was just icing on the cake, as our journey was really about bourbon and music. We toured the Four Roses Distillery, and the really historic Buffalo Trace Distillery… so much information and top notch Bourbon!
The Burl! Willie’s solo performance was wonderful, and the venue, The Burl, was an amazing old wood building sitting across from a distillery in Lexington, KY. Built in 1926 as a loading dock and hub for Texaco, it is a long room with porches flanking each side. The venue is right by the train tracks and has a ton of vibe. This performance was part of a weekend festival at The Burl called The Rail Roots Festival. We only went on the Sunday but now wish we’d gone the whole weekend!
The Rail Roots Festival – Willy Watson – Lera Lynn….
Lera Lynn! Also on the bill for this festival was one of our local Nashville favorites Lera Lynn. She plays some dark, brooding post-Americana, just like Sabine and I like. She put on a stellar set as well—her guitarist, whose name I can’t find anywhere, is a great support to her songs.
Every piece of this road trip was magical, and I’ve fallen in love with state of Kentucky. Sabine and I will visit again soon for sure! Thank you to Lori and Pete Chaplin!