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Instant Solo Album

by Kenn Rowell

Acoustic and "more normal" sounding mainstream tunes form the nucleus of a fine debut solo album by one of NYC's more prolific singer-songwriters. Everything's here from soulful ballads to fun, pop anthems, complete with upbeat melodies and catchy hooks!
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. (It's) Good to Be Back
5:22 $0.99
2. I Guess I'll Never Fall in Love
4:53 $0.99
3. All About Me
2:59 $0.99
4. Scared to Move
3:17 $0.99
5. All Good Things (Must Come to an End)
3:11 $0.99
6. Let It Shine
7:30 $0.99
7. December 4, 1968
2:37 $0.99
8. This Old Soul
2:51 $0.99
9. When Will I Learn
4:13 $0.99
10. Livin' a Lie
2:41 $0.99
11. Henry
5:26 $0.99
12. Antonio
3:25 $0.99
13. How Low
3:26 $0.99
14. Without a Word
4:56 $0.99
15. This Old Soul (Confessional)
4:59 $0.99
16. Tired
3:51 $0.99
17. Dreams
3:34 $0.99
18. Noodle
3:12 $0.99
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Album Notes
Kenn Rowell has been writing songs since he was in the womb (or something like that). As a founding member and the front man for the New York City, Lower East Side post-Ramones-era punk band, The Baghdaddios, he's toured the U.S., Canada and Europe. Some of the tracks here started as home demos for his group, several of them were recorded for this release; still others were mined from countless recordings done as a teenager. Part of the joy in doing an album like this was to explore the more acoustic and "mainstream" type of rock n' roll expression - the kind of songwriting that influenced a young Mr. Rowell, growing up in his Hudson Valley hometown of Nyack, NY. The 18 tunes here on this album represent an eclectic mix of styles, moods and attitudes that have fueled Kenn and - at one point or another - his band over the two-plus-decades that they've been at it, here and abroad.

There's something for everybody on this release and we hope more than a few choice moments will raise a smile or two among our friends and listeners.

For everyone who took part in all the fun, over the years, Kenn Rowell extends his most copious of thanks to you!

All songs, vocals, harp (that's pretentious musician-speak for "harmonica") and rhythm guitar by Kenn Rowell

Please note: special thanks are in order to.........

Kevin Ricche - production
Jim Gartner - production and mastering
Ryan Ball - production on "Let It Shine" (extra-special thanks to Simone Smith)
Michael Jung - for the super-extra-special, last minute production on "Without A Word", "How Low" and MOST especially: "When Will I Learn"!
Richard Shepherd - production on "This Old Soul", "This Old Soul (Confessional)", "Antonio" and for the post-production on the home demo for "How Low"
Terry Derkach of VRTCL Entertainment for production on "All About Me", "Scared To Move", "All Good Things", "Livin' A Lie" and "Noodle"
Gerry Braun - cello on "Good To Be Back" and "Tired"
Richie Touseull - bass on "Good To Be Back", "All About Me", "This Old Soul", "Livin' A Lie"
Ryerson T. Babcock - drums on "I Guess I'll Never Fall In Love" and "Muskrat Walk Of Shame" (Wait for it!)
Paul Obedzinski - 2nd guitar and backing harmony vocal on "Without A Word", lead guitar and backing vocal on "I Guess I'll Never Fall In Love" and "Muskrat Walk Of Shame" (Oh it's THERE!) and the original production on "Antonio"
Susan Mitchell - violin on "All About Me", "All Good Things", "This Old Soul", "Livin' A Lie" - 4-string quartet on "Antonio"
David Snyder - banjo on "This Old Soul" (and for being there from the almost-very beginning)
Chris Hammill - production on "Tired"

Jay Ribecca and Nick Travaglini were both sampled on "Henry" (so was J.F. - listen for him!) - so you guys are a part of it, whether you like it or not! (And Nick, wherever you are - sorry we fell out of touch but SO glad we were able to find our way back and talk, in the end - you were a good guy and I'll always remember you with a smile - I'm proud to call you Friend)

And thanks to Richard Shepherd for the incredibly insightful direction to slow "This Old Soul" down and sing it lower. That "Confessional" version exists ONLY because of his suggestion and perseverance. For that, alone, you have my undying gratitude!

To Todd Tobias - for all your insight and encouragement and for your input - this of course makes you the co-producer of this album. I hope you're cool with that!

To George Griggs for introducing me to Todd and for always believing in me and likewise encouraging me: you're the closest thing to a mentor that I've ever had. I'll always be grateful. Always.

To all of you - thank you for all your help in getting this production done!

Also, to my fellow "inmates" (past, future and present) who have been part of The Baghdaddios ongoing saga: thank you for believing in me, wanting to be a part of the journey and for sharing every high and low along the way. Without the years I spent working it all out on stage, in the studio and in every two-bit club along the way there's no way I get to this point with this album. In so many ways, this album is very-much yours, as well, too!

To my "Ma": I'm so glad you're here to see this - thank you for everything you've ever given me (the faith, the stories, the drive!) - the road may have been rocky - but I could have never made the trip without you. Saying "Thank you so much" doesn't quite cut it. Let's just say that you're half of everything I've ever been and will ever be - and I love you just as much as you love me. Which is an awful, awful lot!

To my sisters: thank you for loving me unconditionally (even when I drove you both crazy!) - to say the feeling is mutual would be an understatement!

And Yvonne? Thank you for your love and patience. Especially the patience. Well, actually, I value the love more. (OK, you get what I mean - I hope!) I'm so lucky to have a brilliant artist like you in my corner - but even without your artistry I'd still be the luckiest guy on the planet - you'll always have my love and respect! (¡Yo te amo!)

And finally.........

This album is dedicated to my "Ol' Man", Kenneth G. Rowell (1932 - 2012). Like the old punk rock lyric goes: "I miss you more than all the others". You were (and will always be) my best friend, my hero and my role model. I may never be big enough to fill your shoes, but I'll always be shining them, lacing them up and carrying them with me wherever I go. You were the best.

And so I go.........

© 2017, Kenn Rowell, NYC



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