Craig Kinsey In Store Performance

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Kinsey’s music career includes releases by Texas-based record labels Zenhill and newly formed 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 (who admits to learning from him), opened for acts such as Ian McLagan of Faces and Roky Erickson and Snoop Dogg, as well as shared the stage with John Evans and Robert Ellis

Releasing “The Burdener” (2008), Kinsey established himself as a solo act by bringing in artistic elements and lyrical themes of historic, political and cultural relevance. “American Roots and Machines,” encompasses each and is a musical tour de force of Southern Rock, Gospel, Folk and Americana. Kinsey, whose trans-genre aspirations are on full display (take one listen to “I’m Not Part of a Scene” and you’ll get it), pulls inspiration from many influences including Mozart, Charlie Chaplin, AC/DC, Tom Waits, Bill Monroe, Lightning Sam Hopkins and more on a record that critics are exhorting is nothing short of “great.”

“It’s rock and roll, naked blues, apocalyptic choirs, a township chanting just at the edge of our awareness. Starting with today’s many rock styles and going way back, we travel through the roots of America’s music,” Kinsey stated. “There is certain insanity happening here and I’m trying to heal a split between mind and body, between music and technology with this record.”

Heralded by the Houston Chronicle as having “the quality of a spiritual travelogue,” the Houston Press cites that 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.” Free Press reflects that the album is “replete with call and response anthems, classic blues mixed with punk and ample gospel choir riffs” and begs the reader to listen as it “mirrors a live show in all its frenzied glory.”

Produced by Grammy Winner Steve Christensen, “American Roots and Machines” was released on July 26, 2014 and ushered in with great fanfare from Kinsey’s loyal followers on a hot summer night at Fitzgerald’s in Houston. In keeping with his traveling ways, a tour is being booked around camping in national parks where Kinsey, and band members or other acts in this unique road show, will spend their time getting back to the roots of it all.
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