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Kenny White

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Friday, February 15 at 8:00 PM (DOORS 7:30 PM)
Smith Opera House
The Smith's Jan Regan Club Series

Kenny White comes to the world of the touring singer-songwriter following a long and successful musical journey. “Long List of Priors,” his aptly named new album released in 2016, is the latest collection of original songs: snapshots of the human condition, from heartwarming to humorous. Radio favorites are “Cyberspace” and “A Road Less Traveled,” featuring David Crosby on harmony vocals.

Read The Smith’s exclusive interview with Kenny here

Born in New York City and raised across the river in Fort Lee, N.J., Kenny began his career in the 1970s, touring exclusively as the keyboard player for Jonathan Edwards and then with Livingston Taylor, with whom he opened Linda Ronstadt’s legendary, Living in the USA tour. He soon became a fixture in the New York City studio scene throughout the 1980s and 1990s, producing and arranging literally hundreds of commercials for TV and radio, beginning with “The Unsinkable Taste of Cheerios,” nearly seven years of Chevrolet’s “Heartbeat of America” campaign, and countless ads for Coca Cola. Commercial work enabled Kenny to direct artists as renowned and varied as Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Ricky Skaggs, and Aaron Neville. Kenny worked on many film soundtracks as a contributing writer/musician including Message in a Bottle, Where the Heart Is and four films by Indie-director laureate, John Sayles. Kenny also appears on dozens of recordings of other musicians, including Marc Cohn’s platinum debut. Whenever he could break free from the recording studios, Kenny would often support other musicians in live concerts.

After being hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, Kenny chose, in 2001, to devote himself to making his own album, one that not only showcased his talent as a musician, but also as a lyricist. Friends such as Cheryl Wheeler invited Kenny to tour as an opening act on behalf of his first album, “Uninvited Guest.”

Judy Collins signed him to her own Wildflower Records label, releasing “Symphony 16 Bars” in 2005. She often invited Kenny to open her concerts. The standing ovations he received in those large concert halls encouraged White to record “Never Like This,” followed by “Comfort in the Static,” which was released in 2010 to wide-ranging praise, landing on many “Favorite Album of the Year” lists.

Kenny’s record-producing credits include Shawn Colvin’s Grammy-nominated song, “I Don’t Know Why,” as well as the last four solo CDs for Peter Wolf, formerly with the J. Geils Band. Their second album, “Sleepless,” was named one of Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.” The productions with Wolf afforded Kenny the opportunity to work with an array of guest artists including Merle Haggard, Keith Richards and Linda Ronstadt.

Kenny’s music has been discovered in the United Kingdom and Europe. He was awarded the International Songwriting Award at the Premio Ciampi music festival in Livomo, Italy. His 2017 European tour had him performing 14 concerts in 8 countries in 22 days. He plans to return this spring.

Kenny still occasionally tours with Judy Collins throughout North America, including opening for many of her current concerts with Stephen Stills, and performs the duet “Veterans’ Day” on her “Bohemian” album. In June 2018, Kenny opened for Stephen Stills and Judy Collins when they performed at The Smith in a sell-out show. He still often shares a stage with his good friend Cheryl Wheeler, appearing on her live recording, “Greetings,” which he also produced. And though he has all but given up his days as a sideman, in 2014, he accepted an offer by none other than Tom Jones to play in his ‘soul quartet’ for a sold-out three-week U.S. tour.

Kenny is currently touring on behalf of his album, “Long List of Priors.”

This show is part of The Smith’s Jan Regan Club Series, which gives adventurous music fans a chance to discover or rediscover indie artists in an intimate and unique setting. For this show, the audience will be seated on the stage along with Kenny. A limited number of tickets is available. It is sponsored by WEOS 89.5 FM.

 

 

Tickets:General Admission $23 (plus service fees)