The Kenneth Brian Band

Pappy + Harriet's Presents

The Kenneth Brian Band

Sat, May 19, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is all ages

The Kenneth Brian Band - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Kenneth Brian Band
Since their first album release in 2009, the Kenneth Brian Band’s modern Southern Rock and Americana infused style, timeless song-craft, layered with Kenneth’s gritty vocals and guitar prowess have helped earn them a loyal fan following and the respect of fellow musicians. The quartet’s musical styling and dynamic live performances also attracted the attention of some of their mentors like Lucinda Williams, Billy Gibbons and current bandmate Steve Ferrone of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Since 2013, they spent two years touring with multi-Grammy winner Lucinda Williams, who describes them as “somewhere between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Drive-By Truckers”, before joining ZZ Top in 2016 for several dates. Whether in intimate Honky Tonks or stately, sold-out theaters (with Lucinda), they continue to captivate audiences with resonating harmonies and a tight rhythm section.

Their fourth studio album ‘With Lions,’ out May 19th, includes 11 songs all written by Kenneth and pays tribute to their musical mentors as well as their musically rich and culturally significant Southern heritage. The single “You’re Not Mine” is an edgy anthem with heavy-hitting guitar solos and their signature harmonies. “Beautiful Storm” is an emotionally evocative track that showcases Kenneth’s spell-binding competency with a slide.

Rock ‘n’ roll royalty Steve Ferrone (Drums, Tambourine, Shakers) and Scott Thurston (Keyboards, Piano) of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers don’t just lend their talents for the album but, Ferrone sits behind the drum kit when he’s not touring with Tom Petty. Travis and Steve met a couple of years ago at a gathering thrown by a mutual pal. Not long after, they needed a drummer for a Hollywood gig and Steve sat in with the band. He worked with the guys to hone their sound and helped them find the right players. And as they say, the rest is history. Handpicked by Steve, drummer Chris Cano plays with KBB when Ferrone is on the road with the Heartbreakers. Popular session bass guitarist and Disresputable Few member, Paul Ill, joined the band at Steve’s urging and perfectly rounded out the Kenneth Brian Band sound. “Those two were the perfect combination for what we do,” said Kenneth Brian. “Their influence has helped elevate our playing and just being around Steve is a master class on how to be a successful artist and a decent human being,” he continued. In true KBB form, the sound of the new album honors their distinctive blend of Southern Rock that is both progressive and rooted in tradition.

While they both currently reside in Los Angeles, they hail from the South. Kenneth was born in Virginia but spent most of his formative years in Alabama before his family settled in a small town just north of Gainesville, Florida. Travis was born and raised in Charleston, West Virginia and spent summers with his dad in Nashville. From a very young age, they realized their passion for creating music and have pursued it with vigor. Travis started on the piano and Kenneth penned his first country song on an old guitar at the ripe age of 4.

After moving to Nashville in 2001, founding members Kenneth Brian (Lead Vocal, Lead Guitar) and Travis Stephens (Harmony Vocals, Rhythm Guitar, Piano) met while playing the local scene and struck up a fast friendship, which led to a creative collaboration in 2009. Travis describes the camaraderie that comes from being part of this band. “We both understand the underlying spiritual groove that we are forever trying to stay dialed into for ourselves and our fans. And that comes before egos or opinions,” he said.

‘With Lions,’ out May 19, 2017 on Robo Records, was recorded at Dave’s Room Studio in Hollywood, California. David Bianco (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams, Tom Petty) produced, mixed and engineered the album. It was mastered at legendary Capitol Studios in Hollywood, California by mastering engineer Kevin Bartley.

What they are saying:

"Tom [Overby] and I went to see them, and they blew us away."

- Multi-Grammy winning singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams

"The Kenneth Brian Band is one of the most badass bands out there. Their mixture of blues and rock reminds me of a cross between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Stevie Ray Vaughn. The band’s powerful music combines lots of dirty guitar, bass and drums with relatable lyrics that reflect what life is really about."

- Grammy-nominated musician Robert Randolph

"Just listened to 'With Lions'... and love it!!

I like music that puts me in a contemplative state of mind,

and the song 'Pueblo Angel' is the perfect salve

at the end of a very long day!"

- Actor Walton Goggins ("The Hateful Eight", "Django Unchained")

“Kenneth Brian pushes country rock music to new boundaries.”

- Southern Oregon’s Mail Tribune

“Kenneth is an unbelievable guitar player, he’s a real gunslinger with great chops,

and he writes songs in that Guy Clark and Towns Van Zandt vein of songwriting.”

- Huntington Herald

“The past, present and future of Outlaw Country Music,”

- The Gainesville Sun

“As much good country soul as a pine-wood pew in a Baptist church come revival time.”

- The Times of Acadiana

"Anyone who thinks that Drive-By Truckers has the dirty Southern rock music market cornered should check out The Kenneth Brian Band, which does an equally good job telling stories of triumph and woe on its debut, 'Welcome to Alabama'... it is evident that these musicians are not trying to cash in on the resurgence of Southern rock. These guys are for real; you can hear it in the music, which delivers the same feeling of pride of The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd."

- Charleston (SC) Post And Courier
Venue Information:
Pappy & Harriet's
53688 Pioneertown Road
Pioneertown, CA, 92268