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David Patrick Kelly | Rip Van Boy Man

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Rip Van Boy Man

by David Patrick Kelly

alternative folk rock jam-a-thon with Holly Everly, Mac Lennon, Woody Dylan, Django Grappelli, Marley Broonzy, Motown Garage homaginations.
Genre: Pop: Beatles-pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Rip Van Boy Man
3:14 $0.99
2. Seven Days
3:02 $0.99
3. 1000 Reasons
2:59 $0.99
4. Cupid and the Champ at Max's (Live)
4:17 $0.99
5. Apologia (Live)
4:43 $0.99
6. Philippe Petit (Live)
3:01 $0.99
7. Lautrec in Mudlight (Live)
3:44 $0.99
8. Fly Your Kite (Live)
3:54 $0.99
9. Sally Gardens
1:53 $0.99
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Album Notes
As a young actor/musician from Detroit, David Patrick Kelly first arrived in NYC in 1973 and soon got involved in the vibrant downtown rock and cabaret scene. Kelly performed his own compositions at such legendary venues as CBGB’S, Max’s Kansas City, Reno Sweeney’s, and The Lower Manhattan Ocean Club. His subsequent film, television and theater career– crafting memorable roles for many great directors including Walter Hill, David Lynch, Wim Wenders, Spike Lee and Clint Eastwood, among others - has been undeniably infused with his musical sensibility. Onstage he has been known to play the mandolin, ukulele or cuatro while performing some of the greatest roles in the World classical canon.

Here are nine tracks: five recorded Live in ’75 at Reno Sweeney’s and CBGB’s, plus three new songs, and one traditional Irish folk song.



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Max Cheney

Having seen David Patrick Kelly in many films and on stage, I appreciate him as a highly skilled actor. I'd never heard him play and sing his own songs. But in RIP VAN BOY MAN he plays and writes songs on a par with talented-- but more famous-- singer/songwriters, as well. Had he not gone into theater and film, I believe DPK would have had a successful career in commercial music.

This CD collects some of Kelly's songs from his club scene days in the Seventies with some new material. We hear his youthful voice, when he sometimes sounded like an American John Lennon (esp. on "Lautrec in Mudlight"), to the smokier sound he has today. But in all the selections, his expressive voice has conviction and brings color and emotion to the lyrics, which often remind me of Lennon and Leonard Cohen.

The lyrics of the title song "Rip Van Boy Man", "Seven Days", and "Cupid and the Champ at Max's" are poetically memorable. (I especially like the dark feeling underlining "Seven Days".)

When someone is a talented actor, musician, singer and songwriter like David Patrick Kelly, it hardly seems fair to the rest of us who didn't get talents in so many areas! But I'm not complaining-- I'm recommending! Buy this CD. It's one you'll be able to listen to many, many times.