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by The Kennedys

“Twelve albums on, West is an evocative reflection of the pair’s two decades of travel on the highways and byways of America” - Pete Whalley, Get Ready To ROCK!, March 6, 2015
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. West
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2. Elegy
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3. Sisters of the Road
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4. Signs
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5. Jubilee Time
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6. Locket
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7. Southern Jumbo
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8. Black Snake, White Snake
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9. Bodhisattva Blues
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10. Travel Day Blues
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11. The Queen of Hollywood High
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12. Perfect Love
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13. Good, Better, Best
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Album Notes
Pete and Maura Kennedy, both East Coast natives, met in Austin, Texas, joined forces with Nanci Griffith’s Blue Moon Orchestra for a couple of years, and set out on a road that, for two decades, has led them not only west but all over the US and the UK many times. This year, they celebrate their twentieth anniversary both as a band and a married couple. Rather than indulge in a nostalgic look backward, they’ve taken Dylan’s dictum “don’t look back” to heart; writing and recording forty new songs.

2015 will see a Maura solo CD, a Pete solo CD, and the release of “West,” an instant classic Kennedys duo set that seamlessly weaves their influences over the last two decades; Buddy Holly style roots, the tuneful cadences of the Everly Brothers, and the ringing 12-string jangle of the early Byrds, interspersed with darker moments that recall British folk rock a la Fairport Convention.

Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a “best of The Kennedys,” but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it’s the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs. Two decades on, The Kennedys are hitting a songwriting high point, and from that point they follow the well-worn American path West.

Press Quotes: “West” by The Kennedys

“West is a collection of thirteen enchanting tracks whose heartfelt and passionate execution makes for a wonderful listening experience.”
-Dave Simpson, Pure M Magazine, Feb 5, 2015.


“Prime practitioners of the finest Americana... this splendid duo’s "West" provides an ideal introduction to their enchanting and evocative sound.
-Kevin Bryan, Surrey Mirror, Feb 16, 2015.


“Their latest album finds The Kennedys making music in peak form...The sound here is classic folk rock with hints of 60’s west coast of USA...The closing track could well sum up the album overall. Good, Better, Best might suggest their musical development and this album could easily be argued to fit that latter word.”
-Stephen Rapid, Lonesome Highway, Feb 23, 2015.


“The title track ‘West’ hooks from the first, and that’s what this album offers: hooks by the shovel-load, instantly enduring hooks, guitars plush and resonant with voices sliding around each other to lay down their stories. It’s pretty much ‘take your pick’ to find that luscious attraction. It's everywhere.”
-Tom Franks, FolkWordsReviews, Feb 25, 2015.


“Twelve albums on, West is an evocative reflection of the pair’s two decades of travel on the highways and byways of America.”
-Pete Whalley, Get Ready To ROCK!, March 6, 2015.


“West” is a gem of an album; thirteen varied and beautifully-crafted songs played and sung with taste and sensitivity by two very gifted people...I haven’t heard a better album in a long time.” 5 out of 5 stars.
-Allan McKay,



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