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Heart of Gotham

by Pete Kennedy

One-half of the Americana duo The Kennedys, Pete has been writing, recording and touring with his wife Maura for over 20 years, , and as a member of both Nanci Griffith's band, and before that, Mary-Chapin Carpenter's touring group.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Union Square
4:35 $0.99
2. The Bells Rang
3:06 $0.99
3. Williamsburg Bridge
3:51 $0.99
4. Never Stopped Believin'
3:02 $0.99
5. Unbreakable
3:09 $0.99
6. Rise Above
3:09 $0.99
7. People Like Me
3:01 $0.99
8. Harken
2:57 $0.99
9. Asphodel
3:14 $0.99
10. Riot in Bushwick
3:05 $0.99
11. New York
3:02 $0.99
12. Gotham Serenade
5:04 $0.99
13. Union Square (Reprise)
1:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Pete Kennedy's "Heart of Gotham," his first solo effort as a singer-songwriter in two decades, has been called by one listener a "Love letter to New York City." The project, recorded over a five-year period in Pete's Manhattan studio, is a song cycle, with opening and closing themes, and musical and lyrical motifs that recur and unify the narrative thread. Each piece, however, stands alone as a pop-rock song, so the album can be heard as a continuous cycle, or simply as a collection of passionate rockers, delivered in Pete's soulful, roughhewn voice.

The songs were written in a series of early morning sessions over coffee at an East Village diner. They deal with the ongoing quest to find one's place, an identity, in the world's most vibrant and diverse city.

Better known nationally as a guitarist, Pete does in fact play all the instruments on the collection, as well as singing all the lead and background vocals, but it's really his return to delivering his own lyrics that makes this project markedly different from his two-decades long, and continuing, collaboration with wife Maura, as The Kennedys.

Celebrating twenty years as a band and married couple, Pete and Maura are eschewing nostalgia, and defying expectations, by releasing three CDs, comprising forty new recordings, thirty eight of them new original songs. "Heart of Gotham" is Pete's contribution to the triptych. "Villanelle" is Maura's solo project, an inspired collaboration with poet B.D. Love, and the set is rounded out by "West," a classic sounding Kennedys roots-rock album.

Prior to Pete and Maura's first meeting at a song swap in Austin, Pete was well established as an award-winning singer-songwriter in his hometown, Washington, D.C., and Maura was a top hand on the Austin scene. Over the course of a dozen duo CDs, they have graciously folded their talent and inspiration into the confluent sound and vision of the Kennedys duo. That collaborative blend continues unabated, with the addition of these contrasting solo projects, and for Pete, "Heart of Gotham" marks a spirited return to muscular, vibrant solo singing and songwriting, and to a classic rock band sound.
“This deliciously wordy and evocative offering from singer-songwriter Pete Kennedy is certainly an impressive piece of work, prompting comparisons with similarly gifted tunesmiths from the seventies such as Willie Nile and Steve Forbert.” - Kevin Bryan, Messenger UK

“His voice has a Rod Stewart-like sound that suits the songs that at times take on an anthem-like quality as Pete shows his passion and love for New York.” -The Irish Post

"Pete Kennedy wears that Heart of Gotham on his sleeve as he draws one into his New York City world. He makes the jangle of his wide ranging guitar driven rock sound fresh and alive on each track…here is Pete emerging Atlas-like with the Big Apple held over his head on the strength this brilliant song cycle.”
-Michael Devlin, Music Maters Review



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