A Baltimore native, Billy Kemp is a song and music maker, mostly roots music. Kemp has recorded seven solo records and written over three hundred songs. He lives on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau in middle Tennessee with his wife, Sue and their cat Minnie and their dog, Mavis.
On Monday, March 6, I’ll be performing live in Knoxville, Tennessee for WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, a regular show hosted by Red Hickey, at Visit Knoxville in the Knoxville Visitors Center from 12 to 1pm Eastern Standard Time. Hope you can be there or listen to the live stream…
It’s February 21, and I have a gig in Huntsville, Alabama this Saturday, February 25 at the chapel of the First Presbyterian Church at 2pm to benefit Haitian Relief. My friends, Glen, Barbara, Larry and Margaret, who live in Huntsville, are responsible.
Greetings everyone. Word just came down that a song I wrote and recorded about my great Aunt Lil’ is gonna make it to the air waves and streams this Sunday night, January 15, 2023 at 9 pm eastern when Jon Stein hosts, The Hootenanny Cafe. The song is, “Lillian & the Blue Car.”
In the past I have done some in-store short performances at record stores for concert promotion. I thought it would be fun to do an in-store event at Bill’s Music House, also in Catonsville. Thanks to Jamie at Bill’s it’s going to happen from 2-3 pm on the same day as the concert, again Saturday, January 21.
After reading a Willie Dixon biography, I Am The Blues, I was off imagining a blues infused project. The first song I co-wrote for the record, “Take ‘Em Away,” was inspired by something Willie Dixon said in the beginning of his book. He said that, “when God made man, man was lonesome and blue,” suggesting that the blues began when man came into the world.
Later that evening they gave out the awards for that days competitions on the stage, bringing all three finalists up. They called the third place winners, not us, they called the second place winners, not us, and then they called the first place winners and we finally heard our names. What a hoot…
This Saturday, February 5, I’ll be performing at Grinder House in Crossville, Tennessee. It will be for the 4th annual Tennessee Songwriters Week, a celebration of song, one of Tennessee’s greatest exports to the world. The performances of songwriters across the state will be judged with winners from six showcase events heading to The Bluebird Cafe on March 20.
Greetings from Liberty, on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, where the ridge runner meets the flatlander. This post could get messy because we’re learning how to make black walnut ink, homemade ink from a single black walnut tree here on the top of the ridge where Sue and I live.