Kenny George Band to play Valdosta

| April 18, 2017

VALDOSTA – The Kenny George Band from Aiken, South Carolina will be performing at Ashley Street Station on May 19.

The Kenny George Band just scored an amazing article in American Songwriter who say that “the Kenny George Band have crafted a record that is as diverse and artistically-exciting as it is radio-friendly.”

Their new album “Borrowed Trouble” will be released on April 28th and the Stepping Stones Video has just premiered on the popular website The Alternate Root.  This Aiken SC band make good old southern rock whose influences run the gamut from Willie Nelson to Whiskeytown & Wilco to The Eagles and Little Feat.

They’ve travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout and last year they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.

Release from the Kenny George Band

The Kenny George Band define the very meaning of true road-tested warriors. They’ve earned their stripes the hard way, performing an average of 150 to 180 shows a year while bringing their music to newfound fans and followers one gig at a time.

With all that touring tucked safely beneath their belts, it’s little wonder that the band’s new album, Borrowed Trouble, offers a knowing look at life, longing and frayed relationships through the lens of real life encounters, particularly those experienced night after night from stages large and small. Produced, recorded and mixed by Shawn Guess, and due for release on 4/28/17 via the band’s own label, it contains songs infused with tattered circumstance and a trajectory borne by highways stretching mile after endless mile, far and wide, offering plenty of time in between to indulge in reflection and contemplation. The music is underscored by a drive and determination that makes it engaging and enlightening in equal measure — alternately melodic, measured, and even occasionally gritty. It’s a sound that resonates in ways both tender and tenacious, but always flush with honesty and conviction.

“The album itself is a step forward for us because it’s our first full length studio recording,” George says. “We were more comfortable during the recording process because we had opportunity to play the songs on the road and let them develop.”

That’s obvious at the outset, from the driving delivery of the aptly named opening track “Lovin’s Kinda Lonely” and the steady yet celebratory “Stepping Stone” (the album’s first single), to the amiable echoes of a vintage Laurel Canyon sound that drift sublimely through “Carolina Too” and the carefree caress of the evocative “Storm Clouds.” “Cigarettes & Strange” brings to mind the herd of “Wild Horses” summoned by the Rolling Stones while swaggering like exiles down that mythological Main Street, bringing in Poco and the Flying Burrito Brothers to keep them company all the way.

“This the first time I sat down and wrote a group of songs with the idea they would be on one album together,” George remarks. “Our previous record Gunshy was a collection of tunes written over about five or six years. I think anything you do should strive to be an improvement, and this album is definitely a step in that direction both for us as a band and for me as a songwriter. It’s a decided step towards developing our sound, our fan base, and the venues and the reach of the KGB.”

Clearly, they’ve succeeded. Hailing from Aiken, South Carolina, the Kenny George Band — Kenny George (lead guitar, vocals, songwriter), Bucky Brown (drums, harmony vocals), Center Ely (steel guitar), Brooks Andrews (bass) and Scott Rankin (rhythm guitar, harmony vocals) — has created an indelible connection with fans throughout the Southeast and Midwest, thanks to the 250 concerts they’ve performed over the last two years alone. The band has repeatedly travelled the highways and byways between North and South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Alabama, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Missouri, reconnecting with their fervent devotees and picking up new admirers along the way. Their explosive live performances have made them a band on the brink of a breakout, and it’s little wonder that in 2016, they were voted South Carolina Artists to Watch by the South Carolina Music Guide.

George himself sums up those recent experiences on “Picket Fences,” a song he cites as his favorite track on the album. “It’s close to my heart and about as sincere as I can get,” he says. “I wrote the majority of it very quickly, singing the lyrics and melody in my phone on the drive home after a gig. It came in a very raw emotional fashion, accompanied by the realization that some times we all have to make sacrifices to do what we love. And at times it means missing out on other things and missing the people that are most important to you.”

That, in essence, gets to the heart of Borrowed Trouble. These shared sentiments reflect the toll that’s often taken when striving for success, and for anyone who has ever looked beyond that next plateau, they will no doubt resonate incisively indeed.

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