Terry Kitchen | Heaven Here On Earth

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Heaven Here On Earth

by Terry Kitchen

award winning contemporary folk singer songwriter backed by crack studio band
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Seven Eleven Overture
6:28 $0.99
2. Calling Out for Love
4:41 $0.99
3. Life Is Hard Enough
4:22 $0.99
4. Never Trust a Bandit with Your Heart of Gold
4:42 $0.99
5. Heaven Here on Earth
3:21 $0.99
6. Tip Your Waitress
3:06 $0.99
7. Memory County Jail
4:04 $0.99
8. Village of the Sun
4:05 $0.99
9. Nothing Works Better
2:50 $0.99
10. Magic Days
4:55 $0.99
11. Christmas Card
5:21 $0.99
12. Nothing Works Better #2
2:00 $0.99
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Album Notes
"One of New England's best songwriters"
-Craig Harris, Boston Globe

"Terry Kitchen is definitely a cut above with his eye for detail and unique song ideas. With a keen sense of melody, Terry's songs truly deliver and take the listener on an emotional ride!"
-Jeff Pearson, The Bluebird Cafe

"Terry Kitchen's songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. A talented writer."
-Richard Middleton, Victory Review

"Terry tackles tough personal subjects with generosity of vision."
-Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

"Terry Kitchen picks up where Elvis Costello and Tom Waits merge and leave off."
-Vance Gilbert

Award-winning contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is a performing artist who's as much storyteller as musician. His keen eye for detail, fearless emotional honesty, and knowledge of and empathy for his subjects combine with his skills as a composer, singer and guitarist to take the listener on a journey to the heart of each song.

'heaven here on earth,' his eighth solo CD, showcases the full range of Kitchen's music and songwriting, from the drag race opera "The Seven Eleven Overture" (sung from vantage point of the clerk behind the counter) to the deeply spiritual-but-not-religious title tune. While firmly in the "man and his guitar" troubadour tradition, Kitchen is not afraid to use new sounds, from accordion to electric guitar to a string quartet, to make his songs come alive for the listener.

'heaven here on earth' follows 2004’s ecological-themed 'that’s how it used to be' (which spent 3 months on the national Folk DJ airplay chart, reaching #29), 2002’s 'Right Now' (which reached #34 on the Folk DJ chart), 1999’s 'blues for cain & abel' (a deeply personal collection of songs of doubt and faith), 1997’s 'blanket' (which was voted #21 best CD of that year by Folk Digest) and 1995’s 'I Own This Town' (whose title song is the precursor for heaven’s “The Seven Eleven Overture”).

Born in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, Kitchen grew up first in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and then on Easton, PA's College Hill (home of Lafayette College, setting for that’s how it used to be's "The Greatest Game They Never Played"), where he was surrounded by the music and spirit of the 1960s. As a bored teenager in the '70s, Terry roamed the small town streets of Findlay, Ohio (the setting for "I Own This Town" and "The Seven Eleven Overture") before escaping to Los Angeles for college (Occidental) and music school (The Guitar Institute of Technology - walk down Hollywood Boulevard til you get to Elvis Presley's star, and it's the first door on the right...). He moved to Boston and fronted the '80s original pop/rock band LOOSE TIES (who are memorialized in heaven here on earth's "Magic Days," co-written by Kitchen with former bandmate Bill Kuhlman) before settling on the intimacy of acoustic music as the most natural setting for his songs.

For the past eighteen years Terry has performed on the New England and national coffeehouse and folk festival circuits (including Club Passim in Cambridge, Cafe Lena and the Postcrypt in New York, Godfrey Daniels in Pennsylvania, and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and the Falcon Ridge, Telluride and South Florida folk festivals) and shared the stage with such artists as the Roches, Richard Shindell, John Gorka, Cheryl Wheeler, Dan Bern, Vance Gilbert, the Nields, and Susan Werner. He was a finalist in the 1992 Falcon Ridge songwriter showcase (and a featured performer ever since), a '94 Telluride Troubadour, a finalist in the 2003 South Florida Folk Festival's singer/songwriter showcase and a Top 40 finalist in the 2006 Kerrville Music to Life competition. His songs have won Grand Prize in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, First Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition, and a Runner Up in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

In addition to his songwriting Kitchen has written 2 plays, a children's novel, and collection of autobiographical stories. He's worked as a summer camp counselor, union steward, ice cream scooper and bicycle messenger, has a brief but distinguished FBI record for anti-nuclear protests, has finished last in a Boston Marathon, and was once mentioned in a Harlequin romance novel.



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Patti DeRosa, singer/songwriter/guitarist

One of the most gifted songwriters on the scene!
Terry Kitchen once again demonstrates that he is one of the most gifted songwriters to come out of the Boston scene. On his new CD "Heaven Here On Earth", he shows us his keen eye for observing the intricate details of everyday life and his skills in weaving them into engaging musical stories."Life is Hard Enough" is a stand-out, and don't miss the sweet hidden cut....