Kevin Abernathy | Family Hour

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Family Hour

by Kevin Abernathy

The Monkeys grew up and had an affair with Motörhead which spawned a love child, and John Prine is his godfather. Here's eight fresh new rock-n-roll tunes that you can sing along with and boogie to.
Genre: Rock: American Trad Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. You Kids
3:13 $0.99
2. Appearances
3:23 $0.99
3. Stage Dad
2:13 $0.99
4. Don't Say My Baby
2:23 $0.99
5. Beach Music
5:09 $0.99
6. Rock Star Dyin' Blues
3:20 $0.99
7. Bullet Holes for Speed
4:18 $0.99
8. Let's Pretend
3:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I think Kevin Abernathy is the best undiscovered singer-songwriter in America.

I don’t say that lightly. After writing about music in newspapers and magazines for the past 36 years, I’ve heard a lot of songwriters and I’ve heard a lot of people touted as “the next big thing.” Kevin isn’t the next big thing. He’s been doing this for a long time and he wins converts any time a crowd hears him play.

Kevin grew up in the small East Tennessee town of Madisonville and dreamed of going off the big city. For a few years, he did. He was a guitar slinger in San Francisco and Nashville (in the band the Shapeshifters), before moving back to East Tennessee.

He settled in Knoxville where he formed the Kevin Abernathy Band, which now includes ace Knoxville players Barry “Po” Hannah (guitar), Mike Murphy (bass) and Gray Comer (drums).

Whether he’s performing them on just an acoustic guitar or rocking out with the full band, his music is easy to get. Kevin’s songs are simple. You wake up in the morning singing them and thinking about them. You run those lyrics over in your head. He’s from the Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, John Prine school of songwriting: The melodies are strong and uncomplicated and the words stick with you.

The first song of Kevin’s that just floored me was “Noticed The Moon.” It’s sung from the perspective of a guy who “even on the good days was into something bad” and is gazing up at the night sky while bleeding to death after wrecking his truck. He thinks about his mom, his son, a lifetime of mistakes and how it’s taken this very moment to slow him down long enough to really look at the world. Everybody knows a guy like that, but most people aren’t writing songs about him.

Kevin is paying attention when other people aren’t. His songs have all the details you didn’t think about until you heard him sing them. Maybe it’s a song about a gay kid growing up in the South. Maybe it’s about the weird beauty of holiday family reunions, or a remembered tragedy of a kid on his mini-bike, or his life with three daughters or maybe it’s just about the sweetness of hearing your favorite rock song.

Give it a listen. I think you’ll agree with me.

—Wayne Bledsoe



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