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Real Life

by Brian Kahanek

Released 2004 - BK'S Debut Record. Straight up guitar rock with a singer / songwriters soul.
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Sign
3:46 album only
2. Real Life
3:38 album only
3. Little Things
5:16 album only
4. Love Deluxe
4:20 album only
5. Tomorrow
4:24 album only
6. Till The End
3:38 album only
7. Sold Your Soul
4:31 album only
8. Last Mile
4:20 album only
9. Take My Time
3:36 album only
10. Gemini
4:12 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
Born in Columbus Ohio, Brian Kahanek grew up nearby on an 80-acre farm full of corn and alfalfa fields where his family bred beautiful Arabian horses and sold the yearly harvest. Helping his dad work the farm, feeding the horses and listening to music of all genres was part of daily life. When Brian was 10, the Kahanek clan moved to his father’s birthplace of San Antonio, a hotbed of Texas style rhythm and blues. It was here that a family friend purchased Brian his first guitar, a $100 acoustic from Ruston's Western Wear store on the outskirts of the city. Even with strings so high that you could shoot arrows with them, he dove into the musical offerings of Jim Croce, Simon and Garfunkle, Crosby Stills and Nash, and a myriad of other 60’s and 70’s singer-songwriters. He was hooked, learning to strum and fingerpick right off the bat, and never looked back.

By the age of 15, Brian was knee deep in The Police, AC/DC, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, ZZ Top and Jimi Hendrix to name a few. Honing his chops by playing every chance he got, Brian graduated High School and left home to study music at The University of North Texas in Denton. What he didn’t realize was that he would be playing more sessions and gigs than attending classes. With a palpable sense of his own artistic vision and a choice to make, he left the school of music to find his own identity as an artist. Cutting his teeth as a guitarist and singer, Brian worked the Texas club circuit for 6 years winning over regional critics and fans. Finally in 1998 he gave in to his childhood dream and moved to California, the land where everything is possible. It was in LA that he really set out to change things, but in reality things would change him. The City of Angels is where he found his own voice going against the superficial grain, and in 2001 Brian embraced his muse and dove in headfirst. In 2004 he released the underground hit album “Real Life”. “Gemini”, an instrumental track from “Real Life”, appears in a coveted position within the hottest video game of 2006 “Guitar Hero II.” Right on the heels of Guitar Hero, Brian released his sophomore record "Suicide King". With musical support from his longtime friends/bandmates, this was the next giant leap for an artist that had firmly come into his own, holding nothing back on this searing statement about igniting that elusive spark of inspiration in even the darkest times. As Winston Churchill said “If you are going through Hell … Keep going!" Definitely music not to be missed. Since the release of "Suicide King", fans have been eagerly anticipatingBK's next move. Due out in early 2010, a third record entitled "One True Thing" is in the works. The perfect driving companion, this dynamic collection of original tracks conveys a potent sense of optimism, a reflection of this musician's maturity and confidence. Listeners will be treated to a balanced mix of instrumental and vocal tracks that will keep them cruising down the highway with unlimited possibilities on the horizon.

In addition to pursuits in a solo vein, Brian has recorded guitars and mixed for some of music's top artists including Tim Mcgraw, Multi-platinum Latin Group RBD (Rebels), Virgin recording artist - Betzi, Walt Disney Pictures, Warner Bros pictures... In fact Brian’s guitar work is featured on the 2006 number one single and record in the Latin American market “Save Me” from RBD's (Rebels) debut. These sessions are just to name a few as he is the behind the scenes vital talent that puts that finishing touch on much of today’s music.

Brian is also a sought-after recording engineer, having mixed and mastered some of the aforementioned artists while working on feature film as an ADR recordist and mixer. Brian’s film and video game credits include ... Pixar's Finding Nemo and The Incredibles, Peter Jackson's King Kong, Hayao Miyazaki’s Howl's Moving Castle and Proco Roso .. and these are just a few. Brian’s future as an artist and producer is as bright as can be imagined. With his boundless drive, energy and talent mixed with the most amazing fans… the sky is the limit.



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What a great CD!
Some of the CDs out there sound homemade or have some glaring flaw. Not this one! Just good songs, great guitar playing, and good vocals. When's the next release?


Way to go, Brian!
I had the privilege of being the drummer in Brian's high school band. I knew he had a special talent even then. He was light-years ahead of the rest of us. Now I find out he can sing! Damn Brian! What did we need Phil for anyway?

Good job, man. All the best to ya. Into the Fire!


This water runs deep.
A buddy loaned me Brian's Disc and I had to get it. He can tear a house down with one note and the next minute he is making you reflect on your life. This guy is so much more that a guitar player... he is a real artist with real vision and something to say. Do yourself a favor and give this disc a close listen and you will find yourself floating away on the layers he so effortlessly weaves. If his 2nd disc is as good or better than this -- LOOK OUT FOLKS!!!! cause we got the next big deal.


you need to buy this cd
I heard Gemini in Guitar Hero 2, and I decided I needed to buy this CD.
I was right. BK kicks ass, and there are tons of great little riffs that make you wanna whip out your air guitar and jam along. 5/5 for sure :-)


Finally the next big thing!!!
This CD will inspire you to listen time and time again. BK is what the world has been waiting for. It is only a matter of time until he single handedly brings back the real guitar hero in the spirit of Clapton /Hendrix or SRV.
I can't wait for the next CD!

Mike Bares

Real Life
When are you coming to Illinois Brian? Great music,and what a guitar player. Enjoyed every song on the cd. It's good to know there are still guitarists that can actually play lead guitar instead of power chords. Keep up the good work. It's too bad Gemini doesn't get air play in Chicago ... They don't know what they're missin'.


Fast Delivery great cd
They delivered the cd really fast with no damage and the cd is great. thanks cd baby i'd definitately order from here again.


Real Music with Real Talent.
I got my son the Guitar Hero 2 video game and I liked Gemini the best out of all the songs I heard him playing. I just had to buy the CD. I LOVE THIS MUSIC!!! I am so glad I found it!!! Brian Goes against everything the music biz has become - He makes Real Music with Real Talent.


My Nephew got Guitar Hero 2 for Christmas. I spent about two hours playing it with him. When he picked Gemini to jam with, I was instantly hooked. The next day I went online and found it was available from CD baby. The more I play this album, the more I like it. I love blues and classic rock. This album has a Texas flavor to it, like Doyle Bramhall II and Storyville, but with more rock. I've loaned it to my friends and they all say its the best album they've heard in awhile. Thanks Brian and CD baby! Can't wait for the next one.

Jason Ishee

Brian Kahanek/Real Life
How come I had to here about this great musician from a video game? Brian needs to be heard on several genres of radio stations. Amazing guitar playing and song writing straight from the heart.I have just received suicide king and it's even better. I can't wait to here more instrumental music from Brian and company or pair up Brian with Nuno Mindelis for some butt kickin' texas blues. Both CD's are highly reccomended!!
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