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New River Guitarism

by Kerry Kean

Original and traditional fingerstyle guitar solos with an emphasis on melodic and harmonic development, inspired by the awesome natural beauty and unique culture of West Virginia's New River Gorge
Genre: Folk: Fingerstyle
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1. White Water
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2. Drifting
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3. Ride, Gypsy Cowboy
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4. After the Harvest
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5. Red Haired Boy
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6. Song For Melody
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7. Grandma's Typewriter
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8. Midnight In the Gorge
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9. 5.10 Jig
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10. Flow My Tears
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11. Sarah and Lindsay and the Snail Stampede
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12. Aliens Came and Took the Cow (shes With Elvis Now)
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13. Fare Thee Well, Five Dollar Frank
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Fingerstyle guitar solos (with a couple of flatpicking tunes tossed in), most of them original. These pieces vary considerably in tone, tempo and mood, ranging from soft and pretty ("Drifting", "After the Harvest") to rapid-fire cascades of notes ("Ride, Gypsy Cowboy", "Grandma's Typewriter"). Much of the music on this cd was inspired by the New River in West Virginia (it’s actually one of the worlds oldest). The New River and the deep gorge it flows through is an area that draws me back again and again. I’ve been rock climbing there for twenty years and the quality of the climbs at the New stacks up against anyplace else. Add in the world-class whitewater and breath-taking scenery and you can see why it’s one of my favorite places to be. This album is dedicated to the New River Gorge in appreciation of great climbs, natural beauty, and beer shared around the fire with good friends. For more information, please visit www.kerrykean.com

New River Suite
1. White Water (3:10)
2. Drifting (4:45)
The names of these two songs pretty much describe what I was trying to capture. The New River has many moods, these are but two…

3. Ride, Gypsy Cowboy (2:38)
No deep meaning for this title, a gypsy on horseback going hell for leather is just the image that came to mind when naming time came around

4. After the Harvest (4:12)
This is the song that I played when I won the 2008 Kent State Folk Festival Talent Contest. It’s an attempt to convey a feeling of autumn, my favorite season. Such a beautiful time of year, yet with a bittersweet center (if you listen for them, you may hear a few snowflakes…)

5. Red Haired Boy (3:03)
Aye, this is a fine old Irish fiddle tune, also known as “Little Beggarman”. I play many of these traditional songs solo, but I definitely heard the whole band on this one

6. Song for Melody (4:13)
This is a love song to my wife, and that’s all I’m going to tell you

7. Grandma's Typewriter (2:18)
Those who remember the pre-word processor era will recognize where the name of this piece comes from. Too bad I don’t get paid by notes-per-minute…

8. Midnight in the Gorge (3:46)
This atmospheric minor key piece tries to capture the feeling of the New River Gorge in the middle of the night. When the moon is not out, it’s one of the darkest yet most peaceful places you can imagine (unless you’re staying in one of the river rafter campgrounds in which case it’s obligatory to work off the excess adrenalin by carrying on until dawn…)

9. 5.10 Jig (1:41)
5.10 is a rating for a rock climb, specifically the grade where traditionally protected routes start getting really hard for most of us. I felt like dancing a jig after I led my first one (The Entertainer, Junkyard Wall)

10. Flow My Tears (3:02)
My daughter Lindsay sang this lovely Renaissance song for her senior college recital and I was bustin’ my buttons when she asked me to accompany her on nylon string guitar. I recorded that accompaniment and played the melody over it on steel-string here because, although the lyrics are beautiful and poetic, they’re also dark and depressing enough to make Pollyanna consider doing away with herself (“Flow, my tears, fall from your springs! Exiled for ever, let me mourn; Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings…” - you get the picture)

11. Sarah and Lindsay and the Snail Stampede (3:43)
When my twin daughters were young, I used to make up stories for them at bedtime. The one about a Snail Stampede was a favorite, and although the story itself is long forgotten, the slow stately character of this piece prompted some very nice memories of those days

12. Aliens Came and Took the Cow (She’s With Elvis Now) (1:41)
This one came from an experiment in playing with the nail side of my index finger for a different sound. It combines a faux modal fiddle tune with a spacey endgame, and also with the delicious irony of being the shortest song on the album with the longest title

13. Fare Thee Well, Five Dollar Frank (3:12)
“Flying Frank Thomas” used to fly tourists on short flights over the New River Gorge in an old Cessna 172 for five dollars each. Thomas was a real character and played sometimes scary jokes on his passengers but always brought them back safely. “Five Dollar Frank” kept on flying nearly up until he passed away on March 23, 2001 at the age of 80. I hope I can keep playing that long…


This album is dedicated to the memory of my father, Kenneth Kean (1926-2009), who loved music and who was also a flier. Dad, meet Frank…

© 2009 Kerry Kean All Rights Reserved




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Cindy H

A Rarity - All Songs Delightful
What a rarity! A whole album that I love!
It's such disappointment when you hear one cut from an album and fall in love with it and then find the rest of the album is mediocre at best. Not so in this case!
The intelligent and clever compositions, incredibly sensitive performances, and creative divergence of styles and moods makes this an album that will remain in my list of favorites for a long time - - - because everytime you listen you find something new to admire and enjoy.
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