Benefit Concert: The Kennedys and Ordinary Elephant
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ABOUT THE ARTISTS:
PETE AND MAURA KENNEDY both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. They have spent over twenty years as both as a band and a married couple. In 2015 they both released well received solo CDs, as well as “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.
Maura Kennedy is a wonderful songwriter with a beautiful clear, expressive voice. Pete Kennedy is an electric and acoustic guitarist, Fender bassist, drummer, electric sitarist, Rickenbacker 12-string jangler, ukulele guy, mandolin and banjo utility cat, lead and background vocalist, songwriter and record producer/engineer. The Kennedys have worked in the studio with many celebrated artists including Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Roger McGuinn, Nils Lofgrin, Eric Ambel, Kelly Willis, and the Dixie Hummingbirds.
International Folk Music Awards 2017 Artist of the Year Ordinary Elephant captivates listeners with their well-honed combination of insightful writing, effortless harmonies and intertwined clawhammer banjo and guitar. The collaboration of husband and wife, their connection, and their influences (such as Gillian Welch, Guy Clark, Anais Mitchell) all meet on stage. You see it, hear it, and then you find yourself truly feeling it. “As genuine as it gets” says legendary Texas producer Lloyd Maines.
Crystal and Pete Damore have been performing together since 2011, when they called Texas home. The two took to full-time nomadic life with their dogs in 2014, and are still finding home and music wherever they go. The duo was both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2017, and their release ‘Before I Go’ was No. 7 on the Folk DJ Chart for that year.