Craig Kinsey Plays Austin Tx

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Splice Records and Saint Arnold Brewery presents Craig Kinsey Live in Austin Austin, TX on March 24th.

*** Kinsey’s focus on spiritual and sociological pursuits made him hesitant to occupy the musician’s lifestyle; yet, his emergence on the Americana/Gypsy Jazz scene is a direct result of those pursuits. Graduating Magne Cum Laude with a dual degree in psychology and philosophy from Houston’s University of St. Thomas, Kinsey’s long held interest in the human mind proved rewarding; during limited participation in the theatre department, he researched crowd dynamics and human socialization in groups. Forming the band the Sideshow Tramps with fellow classmates Geoffrey Muller and Scott McNeil (Shane Lauder joined later on drums), they developed skills gleaned from this study and orchestrated the ecstatic shows that has been heralded as the best live show in Texas that no one knows about...

“It’s important for me to use psychology and music to produce the kind of ecstasy spoken of in ancient Greece, the writings of Nietzsche, worldwide tribal rituals and communal celebrations,” Kinsey states. “The education was crucial as the Sideshow Tramps incited such enthusiasm from the crowds that we often led 200 kids into the street outside of the bar to dance, throw toilet paper, block traffic and draw out the police. There were mock rituals and watermelon sacrifices from men in loin cloths. It was surreal!”

Kinsey goes to “great lengths to build a stage in your mind, and the record plays more like a film for the ears,” while calling it “a brave album with points of greatness to fall in love with.”

Andre Dansby - Houston Chronicle

Kinsey’s music career includes releases by Texas-based record labels Zenhill and now Splice Records. As a member of Sideshow Tramps, Kinsey celebrated as the much talked about band, and their medicine-show style, won the coveted Houston Press “Band of the Year” award. As a performer, he has toured with Hayes Carll, opened for acts such as Ian McLagan of Faces, Roky Erickson and Snoop Dogg, as well as shared the stage with John Evans and Robert Ellis.

To see Craig Kinsey live is not your typical show, it is an Texas experience that is second to none. "Here Come the Party" - the Reverend Craig Kinsey
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