Dick Kohles | Unenlightened Mind

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Unenlightened Mind

by Dick Kohles

Americana with a conscience. Stories of Love, War and Heartbreak.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. On the Road to Pascagoula
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2. The River of Time
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3. Glory Bound
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4. Tango on the Moon
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5. Unenlightened Mind#8
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6. Waiting out the Storm
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7. The Son of the Morning Star
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8. Hospital Fires
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9. In America
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10. Red Sky in the Evening
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11. Tears and Glory
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12. The Ballad of Jackson Miller
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Do you feel this way?

Do you wish that people would think more about what they say?

Do you feel like most people don’t get it, they don’t see the big picture or don’t care what the big picture is?

Are you worried about what kind of world we will leave behind for our children? I do.

I make music because I love to tell stories; I have written jingles and arrangements for others and produced a number of CD’s for indie artist. I have been a lead singer with many bands continuing through my adult life. I write songs that have a story to tell, I’m not interested in lyrics that don’t go anywhere.

This music is not for you if you think that the government has the “right” to tap your phone or punish political enemy’s. It is not for you if you feel that this country would be better off without people who are not like you. It’s geared toward a mature audience, people who like lyrics that tell a story.

When I was a kid, my father borrowed a Gibson ES 175 from one of his friends at work. I immediately sat down and made up my first song; I have been writing songs ever since.

I got my first guitar for Christmas one year. I drove everyone crazy with the endless ka-chunking of rock and roll chords. Before that I was a tenor sax player in my school band, but I quickly abandoned the sax for the guitar and never looked back.

In high school, my girl friend talked me into joining the chorus. Apprehensive at first, I found that I loved singing in a group, blending harmonies and building dynamics… I was hooked. She was also the lead singer in a group (Jan and the Caravan) that played most weekends in the Buffalo area. I went to every gig and received a real education into the behind the scenes grittiness of the music biz. The scales fell from my eyes.

My college years were dedicated to drinking beer, playing music and getting thru school. I managed a rock band and helped them with their arrangements. Soon after graduation, I was drafted and sent to Korea. My brother had been wounded in Nam and my orders were changed from Nam to the DMZ in Korea. I immediately sent for my acoustic guitar and jammed whenever I could with my fellow draftees.

After the army, I talked my old college buddy into playing bass guitar and we worked many venues together singing tight harmonies as The Katmandu Band. He and I went on to a number of different groups. We played many colleges and clubs along the east coast from Burlington, Vermont to Traverse City, Michigan. One night while the Katmandu Band was playing the Locker Room, a popular west side hangout in Buffalo N.Y, we let a small combo sit in during a break. I didn't know it at the time, but the lead singer, April Frantz, would become a singer in “Tex and the Red Hots" with Bill Edwards and myself. Bill is now a staff songwriter for a publishing company. We performed original songs by Bill and me along with swing and rock tunes. April and I would marry and have three sons together. She can be heard on the harmonies in this collection. We also played in a country swing band (The Hearts of the West) for many years.

I believe in the power of words and music. I also believe in freedom of speech. If we stop speaking out we will surely loose the ability to do so. If you like my songs, I will be pleased. Please give the samples a whirl.

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Merk

I wish he didn't have to make this album but am glad he did...
There are many powerful thoughts and emotions woven into the words and stories of "Unenlightened Mind"...not to mention great music helping carry the experience. If you want to think, pay attention....if you want to feel, just listen.
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