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Summer's Here and the time is right - May 26, 2017

I'll be playing several shows with my old friends in The Steel Pennies bluegrass band this summer, we'll be back at one of the finest festivals anywhere - High Mountain Hay Fever which is always a great time in Westcliffe, CO in July. My main musical focus, The Savage Hearts also has a few gigs this summer, hitting Iowa City in June for example, but most of our work will be getting ready for the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in September where we'll be one of the featured bands. Check out the calendar section of this website to see where you can find me over the summer.

New Album is Out! - May 10, 2017

You can pick up my new album now! It's available through CDBaby as well as iTunes and all the other usual hangouts - listen to me on Spotify and all those other fancy streaming services too. I'm also on this site: https://kevinslick.hearnow.com

Check it out and let me know what you think.

The album features several new songs plus some re-workings of older tunes all with the wonderful assistance of Annie Savage on fiddle and vocals. 

Savage Hearts Heading to IBMA - April 28, 2017

We just got the wonderful news that The Savage Hearts will be one of the featured showcase bands at the IBMA conference in September. It's an amazing honor for the band, especially as we're really just wrapping up our first year of existence. We recorded our first album last summer and saw it hit number one on the International Folk DJ charts and the first single "Age" topped the Roots Music Contemporary Bluegrass chart. We just returned from the Durango Meltdown Bluegrass Festival and now we're making plans for going east to IBMA in the fall. https://ibma.org/world-of-bluegrass/bluegrass-ramble/showcase-lineup

Bluegrass Mass - February 28, 2017

Merry Christmas - December 14, 2016

It's Christmas time again in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  Here's a little video of the band gathered in our practice cabin playing some Christmas music. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RYxahVJ-Ec

We're Number One!! - November 2, 2016

The official standings for the month of October have been released in the folk music charts and The Savage Hearts are #1 for our album "Playing it Forward"! We also charted at number 2 and 8 on the singles charts and came in at number 3 on the artists chart.

You can read the details here - http://www.folkradio.org/

Have you seen some of our latest videos? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7MOeECkwF8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtCB1jm42yo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTcbq9HRwlY

and this little gem - the encore for our CD release concert. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqknXnuPi6E

New Video for Savage Hearts - July 26, 2016

We in The Savage Hearts have been working on a new album, recording at ETown studios in Boulder.  Here's an old classic from Jim Croce that we've woven into our sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QnzEj4CGzz0

Savage Hearts Album Kickstarter! - June 13, 2016

Be the first one on your block to join our kickstarter for the new Savage Hearts album.  Visit the Kickstarter page for a video about how we incorporate our teaching into performance and recording.

 

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1100033650/savage-hearts-the-twin-fiddle-album?ref=email

New Album! - June 11, 2016

Annie Savage and I have a new album coming out - July 6th is the release date.  The album features mostly instrumental recordings of old gospel favorites.  These are the songs we learned as children and still resonate all these years later.  Annie plays fiddle and harp, I play guitars, banjo, mandolin and bouzouki and we both do some singing.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8MmDZ2FGY8

New band The Savage Hearts - April 25, 2016

You'll also find me playing in a new band, The Savage Hearts, these days - here are a few videos

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAZmEHx7IILqaFR8W2ShuqDwj_YhRuB7E

Latest Steel Pennies videos - April 25, 2016

Here's the latest Steel Pennies videos from 2016

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAZmEHx7IILpCdyixglq4sLIQ82rn4I9i

A new song - April 25, 2016

I've been writing and recording some new material, here's a new song played with Kathy and Annie.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OetMAk0RrYc

Playing an old favorite - April 25, 2016

Here's a video of Kathy Drazsnzak, Annie Savage and myself playing an old favorite hymn "How Great Thou Art"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tukoxgayQxU

Sept. 11th Journal - September 11, 2015

Here are some of my thoughts on 9/11 taken from my journals of that time when I was teaching 4th grade in Manhattan. http://kevinslickpoet.blogspot.com/2014/10/september-journal-2001-new-york-city.html

Next Bluegrass Jamming Class happens in September - July 30, 2015

I'll be teaching the next Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming class in September at The FARM School, 102 West Chester St. in Lafayette 

Here's the info:

http://jamclasses.drbanjo.com/jamclasses/ks-2015-09/class_page/

Photos from Rocky Grass - July 30, 2015

I was busy this past weekend enjoying the music at the Rocky Grass Bluegrass Festival, but also photographing the scene.

Here's a selection of photos 

https://picasaweb.google.com/117614875666278399488/RockyGrass2015

A little tune for banjo - June 13, 2015

This is one I wrote a few years back.  https://soundcloud.com/kevin-slick

Here's a video of me playing the song - this video is in the key of C, the recording on SoundCloud is in D which is probably an easier key for others, in particular fiddle players to join in with.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-Fu9I_3ooA

Bluegrass Jamming - June 1, 2015

Here's the link to the upcoming jam class.  The Wernick Method classes are great for total beginners as well as those who have stuck their foot in the waters of jamming a few times and want to improve their skills.

http://jamclasses.drbanjo.com/jamclasses/ks-2015-06/class_page/

Summertime - June 1, 2015

Welcome to summertime.

I played my first festival of the season with band mates in Steel Pennies.  You can follow our schedule of upcoming shows, pictures, words of wisdom and other assorted goodies at www.steelpenniesbluegrass.com

You can follow me on Twitter if you'd prefer your updates in 140 characters or less @KevinSlick1

If you're in the Boulder area this summer and want to learn the ins and outs of bluegrass jamming I'll be teaching a new class in the Wernick Method with Annie Savage starting June 30th.  For more info, email me or go to www.BGJam.com and look for my class listed in Lafayette starting June 30th.

Questions? email me here: slick@kevinslick.com

Tis the Season - December 14, 2014

Happy Merry Solstice Holidays Christmas and anything else you celebrate at this time of year.

The Amen Trio's album A Midwinter's Eve has been remastered and expanded.  You can download copies here

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-midwinters-eve/id947562129

or here - http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/theamentrio

You can also buy physical copies of the CD from any band members - Annie Savage, Andrea Love or myself.  Send me an email and we'll get a copy out to you.  If you're in the Boulder, CO area you can get one from Andrea Love at the Boulder Theater on Dec. 20th when she performs as a part of The Christmas Revels.

I'm busy watching all the Christmas movies I can and listening to seasonal music day and night.  I'm looking forward to a lovely 2015 with all of you.

Bluegrass Jam Class - July 30, 2014

I'll be teaching a bluegrass jam class this fall here in Boulder County, CO.  The exact location will depend on how many people sign up. Most likely it will be in Louisville, but I have a location in Lafayette set aside as well if we need more space.  I'll be teaching the class using the Wernick Method developed by Pete Wernick a.k.a Dr. Banjo.  If you're in the area and have been wanting to get into the amazing jam scene check this class out - here's the website with info on how to sign up http://www.drbanjo.com/classes/2014-10-kevin-slick-louisville.php

An album you should hear - July 18, 2014

If you're checking out my website chances are you know Bet Williams as well.  Bet was a part of the State College, PA music scene of the 80s and 90s with the band Bookends and later her solo work.  She was also part of the extended family of Neo Pseudo that migrated east to Philadelphia and continued creating wonderful music.  Her latest album is called The 11th Hour and you really should check it out.  Here's my thoughts on the album:

Bet Williams has always created music that spans, fuses and intertwines styles, influences and traditions and so it was quite fitting that she has now physically traveled far and wide as well living and working primarily in Berlin.  She even addresses this part of her life with the lead track “We Geography”, a brilliantly catchy tune built on clever word play that transforms “Geography” into a verb.  With her astounding vocal range and far-ranging imagination, Williams has always crafted music that stepped beyond the boundaries of the typical singer-songwriter fare but was always rooted in the solo-artist-with-acoustic-guitar model.  On this album Bet’s musical and life collaborator John Hodian, producer and arranger, pushes the sound into unexpected and delightful place.  Hodian’s background in composition and skills on keyboards work to match the musical ideas that Bet Williams has been building for years with appropriately adventurous sonic landscapes.  To get an idea of how much a producer skilled in classical composition can make on a recording, give a listen to “Magnolia” or “Moon River over the Hudson”.   A great producer knows that an actual string quartet sounds different from someone with a synthesizer and also knows how to weave the parts to lift, but not overwhelm the melody. 

The music on this album moves from stirring sing-along pop sounds like “Super Summer” which I would defy anyone to listen to without singing along to slightly more twisted melodies and instrumentation on a song like “Beautiful”.  With Williams and Hodian as your musical guides, the transition is never jarring, just strangely beautiful.

I could choose two song titles from the album to describe the musical experience within; “Bold” and “Beautiful”.  The sounds are indeed beautiful, sometimes in savage and strange way and other times calm and comforting.  The songs are bold in the way that a skilled practitioner executes their craft and there is no doubt of Bet Williams’s skill as a songwriter and performer.  Listen and you can hear a rare combination of the assuredness of a master and the child-like delight in discovery.  Bet Williams has this wonderful gift, the sound of someone in complete control of what they’re creating and someone completely surprised by what they have made.

click on this link to get more info on Bet and buy her CD - http://epiphanyrecords.com/bet-williams/

On The Radio - June 7, 2014

I am featured on the latest installment of Northern Spirit Radio and you can hear the interview right here:

http://www.northernspiritradio.org/index.asp?command=showinfo&showid=677446035888

Summertime - June 2, 2014

School's out for the summer and festival season has begun.  Steel Pennies has several festivals coming up, and if you want to catch us playing some bluegrass around the great state of Colorado visit http://www.steelpenniesbluegrass.com and look on the calendar page.  The Amen Trio will be working on a new website and Facebook page in the coming weeks so be on the lookout for that lovely collection of images and news.

As always you can catch up on info here or add me as a friend on Facebook or follow me on Twitter - @KevinSlick1 is my Twitter account for music/art/writing etc.  If you think you'd like to follow what goes on in the art room at school then @SlickClass4 is the one to follow although I don't expect to post much there during the summer.

I'm also on Instagram but the majority of my visual art is posted on my Facebook page.

Sunday Gratitude Session - May 4, 2014

I realized that I forgot to put last week's Gratitude Session up on the website - if you want the most up to date news Facebook and Twitter are updated more regularly.  Anyhow - here's last week's song:

https://soundcloud.com/kevin-slick/connaughtmans-ramblerskesh-jig-by-the-amen-trio

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