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Sticks & Stones

by Kevin Lee & the Kings

Big Hooks & Chunky Guitars
Genre: Rock: Classic Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. On Top of the World
3:29 $0.69
2. Slip of the Tongue (feat. Peter Spero)
3:25 $0.69
3. One Day at a Time
3:08 $0.69
4. Nothing to Lose
2:54 $0.69
5. Tell the Truth (feat. Peter Spero)
3:03 $0.69
6. Sticks & Stones (feat. Robb Wilson)
3:19 $0.69
7. Alone (feat. Peter Spero)
3:01 $0.69
8. All We Have Is Now
3:00 $0.69
9. How It Feels (feat. Russ Shirley & Peter Spero)
3:29 $0.69
10. Hold on to Yourself Tonight (feat. Scott Jacobsen & Peter Spero)
4:42 $0.69
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Album Notes
When former MCA Records recording artist Kevin Lee teamed up with Midwest rock legends Michael Kurtz and Patti Prendergast, a supergroup of epic proportions was born.
Along with mainstay Kings drummer, East Coast native Eric Strommer, the amazing combined history and musical journeys of these seasoned musicians makes for a sweat-soaked Who's-Who of rock history from America's Heartland. The time is now for Kevin Lee & The Kings.
When MCA Records signed Kevin Lee in 1992, they knew what they were doing. They realized the rock star power of Kevin and his incredible gift for writing amazing hit-potential songs, as well as his commanding presence onstage. Kevin soon found himself on the road sharing the bill with Cheap Trick, REO Speedwagon, Matthew Sweet, and Pearl Jam. And Kevin Lee is just as big a legend and as viable an artist as the bands he opened for, but without the price tag.

With six critically-acclaimed albums under his belt and another on the way, Kevin Lee, since the 80s, has been tearing up clubs from the Midwest and beyond with his original and highly-infectious brand of hard-hitting power-pop anthems and straight ahead in-your-face, high-voltage rock. Today, the tightly-knit, no-frills Kevin Lee & The Kings storm through their nightly shows as if each and every one were their last chance to prove themselves worthy. These road-tested veterans deliver a blistering, fast-paced barrage of masterfully-penned Kevin Lee songs, as well as an occasional Tom Petty, David Bowie, and Cheap Trick rocker for good measure.

Kevin Lee & The Kings leave their audiences begging for more. Their impressive live shows and Kevin's energetic and timeless songs are the measure of quality, and the blueprint for how a great classic rock concert can still be. This legendary group continues keeping that tradition alive today, delivering a fun, exciting, and high-octane show, the combined decades of experience and talent exploding from the stage and into the delighted eyes and ears of the audiences fortunate enough to experience their memorable performances.
Kevin Lee & The Kings were "Built to Burn," and night after night, that is exactly what they do.



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Terry Flamm/ Broken Hearted Toy

Sticks & Stones delivers
Kevin Lee is a guitar-slinger with an unerring sense of melody, which has resulted in a series of impressive albums over the years. Like fellow Chicagoans Cheap Trick, his songs are an enticing blend of power pop and hard rock, and he’s a strong vocalist as well. The recently released Kevin Lee And The Kings album Sticks And Stones finds Chicago rock veterans guitarist-backing vocalist Michael Kurtz and bassist-backing vocalist Patti Prendergast joining Lee and drummer Erik Strommer for the first time on a recording, but this lineup has been gigging together for a while now.

Lee and Kurtz provide plenty of firepower as the band zips through 10 songs, with “Tell The Truth”—a tale of a troubled relationship—being the only slow one. The well-crafted arrangements are consistently catchy and Lee gets solid vocal support from Kurtz And Prendergast. “Slip Of The Tongue” takes aim at loose talk and gossip, while “Sticks And Stones” is about trying to get along with someone who constantly criticizes and complains.

Lee strikes a more inspirational tone with the rollicking “On Top Of The World,” and on “One Day At A Time,” a guy tells his commitment-seeking girlfriend it’s better to just take life as it comes. That sentiment also shows up on “All We Have Is Now,” which has more of a garage rock feel. The defiant “Nothing To Lose,” with its high-speed instrumental intro and lush harmonies, serves as the best cut on an album filled with good rock tunes.

Maxine Fisher

Can't get enough
Sticks & Stones is on my daily playlist, your true fan.

Drew Odum

Kevin Lee & the Kings "Best Release"
Kevin Lee and the Kings is a Chicago-based rock quartet that draws its inspiration from classic rock bands but possesses its own original and well-honed sound and presence. Lead singer Kevin Lee’s voice and spare lyrics are reminiscent of the late, much loved Tom Petty. Lee’s words and plaintive voice make his listeners believe that he is a friend who can be trusted to speak honestly not only about his own inner feelings but those of his audience. He understands that life and love are never easy and at times must be grappled with, but ultimately
he is determined to find meaning and respite in both.

Michael Kurtz on guitar and Patti Prendergast on bass are a tight and cohesive addition to the group, and provide strong support on vocals as well. Drummer Erik Strommer keeps the band focused with a precise and steady beat while creating his own unique improvisations.

Mike McKewon, Illinois Entertainer

Great Midwest Powerpop
Kevin Lee is one of the originators and survivors from the era of massive major label signings that took place in Chicago in the early '90s when Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, Veruca Salt, Fig Dish and Urge Overkill were scooped up and signed to big record deals. Even though the band had a cup of coffee with MCA records back in the age of Seinfield and Mad About You, he established himself as a songwriter who knew how to deliver big hooks with dueling guitars.

The title track meshes sweet '70s AM radio harmonies with a ripping Angus Young-ish riff from guitarist Michael Kurtz, while "Nothing To Lose" mines the best DNA from Off Broadway. Perhaps Lee's best moment on the record, the anthemic "On Top Of World Tonight" deftly blueprints some of the great power pop that's come from the midwest - Cheap Trick, The Insiders and Material Issue.

Two decades later Lee and the band including Kurtz, bassist Patty Prendergast, and drummer Erik Strommer tackle what they do best on their newest record - power pop in it's purest form, with bit of edge. There's nothing groundbreaking for longtime fans, Lee and the Kings stick to what they know best. As an added bonus, live versions of Sticks and Stones are even edgier than on the record - making the band a great listen both on record and in a live setting.

Gabor Kleinbloesem Strutterzine, Netherlands

High class all-American rock and roll
The Chicago based Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings rose to fame and fortune very quickly in the early 1990s with the release of their debut album Restless. In a time when internet wasn't available, I got a tape of this album back then from a friend and I must say I absolutely loved the catchy melodic rock of this major label (MCA Records) released record, which also featured Survivor main man Frankie Sullivan. It took some time, but eventually I got in touch with Kevin many years later and reviewed some of his solo records and now he has a great new record out with The Kings, so the Lonesome part is dropped. Without a doubt, we get to hear classic traditional American Melodic Rock/AOR/Powerpop on Sticks and Stones, with a nice mixture of uptempo rockers like the superb One day at a time, Hold on to yourself tonight and Alone, but also midtempo/semi-ballad driven material like the beautiful Tell the truth. It all reminds me of a cross between 80s Bryan Adams, Loverboy, Rick Springfield, Danny Wilde, Cheap Trick and such. The full band consists of Kevin Lee - Lead Vocals, Guitar, Michael Kurtz - guitar, backing vocals, Erik Strommer - Drums and Patti Prendergast - bass, backing vocals. Not a single dull moment can be found here, so this is highly recommended to the fans of mentioned acts. Don't miss this album, because it is clearly bringing us high class all-American rock and roll in the classic rock tradition, so focusing on catchy melodies, hooks, strong vocalwork and a tight rocksound.

Roscoe McAvoy

Great Album!
Fabulous voice, wonderful songs with great lyrics.