Back around 2005-2006 I bought a Breedlove guitar that became my partner in crime for over ten years. I beat it up regularly – sometimes as much as 8 hours a day – and went through countless sets of strings, picks, and fingernails with it. It was re-fretted (frets pulled out and replaced) twice and the divots in the neck have been filled and sanded flat again. It was the primary sound source for almost 1000 performances, not to mention the main axe used during thousands of guitar lessons.
Despite my tenure with this guitar, I had always wanted a “great” guitar. Not that the Breedlove isn’t great, it just wasn’t what I’d hankered for. About two weeks ago I stumbled into Marty in the Olde Towne Pickin’ Parlor in Arvada, CO. He was in there on consignment and was looking down on me while I was playing a bunch of guitars around him. Something (maybe the glean of his shiny face) finally caught my attention and I pulled him off the rack and started playing. I really couldn’t believe it – he had every quality I was looking for – a reputable brand, cutaway, rosewood sides and back, solid spruce top, ebony fingerboard, jumbo (000) body size, fantastic condition (for being 17 years old) and the price was amazingly affordable. Marty is officially a Special Edition Martin SPJC-16RE, born in 2000.
What’s a guitar player to do? Well, buy another guitar of course. So… long story longer – Marty came home with me that day. I plugged him into the PA and spent Friday night getting acquainted – then took him to his first gig on Saturday night. Those that were there (and heard me before) all claimed that I never sounded better! Whoa.
So Marty is now the main player in my band (The Ghost Boys) and he can’t wait to meet you. I’ve included a picture so you will recognize him when you see him. He’s ready for action. He sounds great. As for the Breedlove? Thanks for the memories… as of now she comes along as a backup, but truthfully I’d like to see someone else give her the attention she deserves. Let me know if you’re interested.
The 2017 summer schedule is starting to book and is shaping up to be a fine fun time for everyone. I’ll be playing the Littleton Block Party again (6/10) and have a couple brand new venues to turn you on to. “The Alley” in downtown Littleton (Main St) is opening their patio to live music on Sunday afternoons and they have booked the “patio man” appropriately (5/28, 7/2). Another new venue is the T-Bird Roadhouse in Wheat Ridge (44th and Kipling) – they are also featuring Sunday afternoon music and I have a few dates booked with them! I will still be playing at 38 State and have a couple Outlaw Yoga live music classes peppered through the summer.
Lots of opportunities to get out and have some fun, catch some sun, and hear the best music in town. ;-) See you soon!!
There’s no doubt that summer is one of my favorite times of the year! There’s nothing quite like the sunshine, a patio, a cool beverage, and some melodies floating through the air. I am not as busy performing as I have been in the past, so I hope that you can make it out to one of the shows and join me for some summer celebrating. Coming up is 38 State on June 25th, then a bevy of private gigs, and back at 38 State in August – as well as the Steamboat Movement Fest in Steamboat Springs.
I hope we cross paths in the next few months – keep me in mind if you have any musical needs for your summer bashes and barbeques! Have a great one and enjoy the beautiful weather!
SATURDAY – JUNE 11, 2016!!
KENK & the Criminals once again have the esteemed pleasure of performing at the City of Littleton’s major summer event – the Main Street Block Party on June 11, 2016. I will be joined by the Criminals, Marco DiFerreira (bass) and Alex Ferreira (drums). This will be our third year for the three of us and we’ll be on the Main St stage this year!
They start shutting down the streets as the festival starts up at 6pm. There are multiple stages and acts, street merchants, food vendors, beer and wine stands and rocking music from me and the boys. It all goes on until about 11pm ending with a premiere fireworks show. It’s free to attend, and food and drink can be purchased with tickets.
Come be one of the 15,000 or so, celebrating the summer of 2016, enjoy an evening with friends, food, and music.
SATURDAY – MAY 14, 2016!!
One of my favorite places to perform – 38 State Brewery – will be celebrating their “Two Year” anniversary on Saturday, May 14, 2016. There will be festivities throughout the day – but the real fun starts around 7pm and goes until ???. This is also my second year celebrating with them and I plan to rock and roll with reckless abandon. ;-)
38 State is also having a drawing for a kegerator (valued at $500!) and will be selecting the winner at 7p on the same day. There will also be a food truck and plenty of wonderful craft brews to select from. Can’t wait to see you!!
Coming out Feb 15th is the new KENK cd “Everything So Beautiful”. It contains ten original songs and features musicians Kenny Passarelli, Clay Kirkland, Phil Jenson, and Marco DiFerreira, as well as KENK’s two sons Justin and Kyle. The album was produced and engineered by Grammy winner, Clark Hagan. It was mixed by Tim Stroh at Madhouse Recorders in Leadville, CO and mastered at Masterfonic in Nashville. More to come… stay tuned.