Kenny White + Spottiswoode
Hailed by reviewers from the New York Times to the San Francisco Chronicle for his “thrilling” and “unique” piano playing, KENNY WHITE is a multi talented singer/songwriter and a successful NYC-based record producer. He has written, performed, and produced music for hundreds of TV and radio commercials as well as film soundtracks, and has worked with artists like Mick Jagger, Merle Haggard, and Keith Richards.
Although he is an accomplished and sought-after pianist, White has recently become known for his clever lyrics – compared to songwriters as diverse as Randy Newman and Leonard Cohen. His songs range from humorous to heart-breaking, with White accompanying himself on piano and guitar. He has been touring this past year with Stephen Stills & Judy Collins. Three of his CDs have been released on Ms Collins’ Wildflower Records label.
White is currently touring in support of his new album, LONG LIST OF PRIORS, which features guest musicians such as David Crosby, who says: “Kenny has earned a place among my favorite singer/songwriters. A true wordsmith and musician who reveals a fine sense of humor as well.”
“A scathingly brilliant and entertaining songwriter.” – Dalis Allen, Kerrville (TX) Folk Festival.
“…the adult contemporary Eminem” – Music Box Magazine
Referred to as a “genius” and a “downtown ringleader” by The New Yorker, SPOTTISWOODE is the son of an American opera singer and an English clergyman. WNYC’s legendary DJ John Schaefer describes him as “one of New York’s more colorful band leaders for more than a decade.”
For the past two decades, the Anglo-American has been the frontman of Spottiswoode & His Enemies, a septet that has become a New York institution. With the band, Spottiswoode has released seven acclaimed records, performed numerous Manhattan residencies, and toured extensively from SXSW and Lille Europe to Lincoln Center. The band’s gothic rock opera, ABOVE HELL’S KITCHEN, was presented in 2010 to sold-out crowds at the New York Musical Theatre Festival.
In addition to recording with his Enemies, Spottiswoode has also released three solo albums and a duo collection. His songs have been featured in a wide variety of films and television shows. He has been nominated for five separate Independent Music Awards, winning Best Adult Contemporary Song in 2012 for his piano ballad, Chariot.
Spottiswoode’s music travels the gamut, drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Randy Newman and Jim Morrison. Still, he’s very much his own man. He “evokes real emotions, sometimes different ones in a single song” (Dan Reed, WXPN).
Sunday 21st April · 8:30PM · Green Note · Camden · £14