Posted at 2019-01-21
Posted at 2019-01-21
A very Happy 2019, everyone! Can you BELIEVE the 20-teens are almost over? I sure can't. I just don't know where the heck the time goes. The passing of time is a primary theme of my ongoing autobiography, "A Life Up In The Air." I am deep into it now, and I'll have stories to tell from every phase of my life: my childhood and teen years, my memorable stint as a record store manager during the classic rock era, my passion for music journalism for umpteen years, and of course my long roller-coaster ride trying to make it as a professional musician, with one end of the spectrum being summer nights sitting on my car trying to impress a girl by playing a new song I just wrote on my guitar, and the other end of the spectrum being the completely unlikely Up In The Air saga, which found me jetting to Japan with actress Anna Kendrick to promote that multi-layered, Oscar-nominated film to a Japanese audience that wanted to mostly ask questions about the serious unemployment situation in America. Believe it or not, 2019 marks the 10th Anniversary of UITA's initial release! The surreal nature of my whole artistic journey is what made me finally decide I just HAD to write a book. I'm enjoying the process very much.
I recently did a photoshoot and musical performance at Artist United Network here in St. Louis, and an interview will happen in the next couple of weeks to go along with those. I'll post a link when it's all ready. The new photo I included here was taken by Dustin Diggs, and I thank both him and Daisy Chain at AUN for facilitating this wonderful experience. What a blast! I said a couple of months ago that I am hoping to release a new single in spring. We've been working at Red Pill Studio on a fun, light-hearted song called "Beer and Wine." But I'll be back working on my more introspective new material this summer. The working title of my next record is "Diary of a Mad Time Traveler." It goes along with the nostalgic nature of my new batch of songs, which include titles such as "The Horse On the Old Brown Card," "Back When Things Mattered" (an ode to the good old days of listening to vinyl records), "My Transitional Blues" and many more. I'll be posting updates of course, but there is a long way to go on the project.
In times as chaotic and unpredictable as these, we need music and art more than ever. I'd go crazy if I didn't have something to say, something I felt I could contribute to the dialogue about what life should be. I can hardly wait to get new songs out there. And I know I say this every time, but I encourage y'all to write to me and share your feelings about my music or any issue regarding life in general. I try to answer every message I get. And I truly appreciate everyone who listens and tells me they appreciate my music. Keep it up! It's YOU guys who keep me going more than anything else! Oh, and congratulations to two of my favorite groups for getting chosen for this year's crop of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. That would be Radiohead and Roxy Music. The latter included my hero, Brian Eno, for their first two albums. Eno is without doubt the most influential musician and thinker of my creative life, and there will be an entire chapter on him in my book. See you all next time, folks...and may your new year unfold in grand style!
Posted at 2018-10-29
Posted at 2018-10-29
Happy Autumn, my dear fans and friends!
It has been a while since I posted; I get so busy sometimes that I totally lose track of the weeks passing by. But I can promise that many exciting things are in the works for the new year! First up, the ambient album I've been collaborating on with Walter Whitney is almost finished. We have a few little things to tinker with, but this record should come out by March, I think. It's called "Lost In Familiar Territory." I'm also remixing and planning to release what I think is one of my best songs, "Call It, Friend-o." The tune was inspired by the movie NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, and I really think you're gonna like it. I'll probably pair it with a new party song called "Beer and Wine." Look for this early in the new year. I also am mapping out my next proper album...I already have 14 songs ready to start recording. This is liable to be one of my most commercial and straightforward recordings, but with all the angst and melancholy you've come to expect from me! :-) Tunes that will be on there for sure include "Early Morning Birds," "The Horse on the Old Brown Card," "Far Away Angels" and many more. Stay tuned for updates as I plan studio time for late winter and spring. I'm also hard at work on my memoir, which I am having a lot of fun writing. It'll be titled A Life Up In The Air: The Music, Memories and "Maybes" of a Driven Singer/Songwriter. I can't guess at a finish date for this project...likely the year 2020 if all goes well.
I want to say that we are all caught up in the chaos of the times in America right now. No one has any easy answers. But...we should be DECENT to each other always, and recognize our universal rights. I intend for my music to be an ongoing soundtrack for reality, self reflection and the need for caring and compassion. We all have challenging lives. Let's find a way to co-exist, love one another and seek out the magic that is out there, waiting for us to notice it. Meanwhile, don't forget that every single one of you matters to me. I cherish your comments, your encouragement, and when possible, your friendship. And I wish you all the very best as this 2018 holiday season gets under way. Stay safe, and take care, everyone! Don't hesitate to drop me a line!
link. I have added a few more older songs to my playlist!
Posted at 2018-07-24
Posted at 2018-07-24
I have been busier than ever this summer, folks. Besides playing shows pretty regularly, I have been doing some writing (including creating a booklet about one of my favorite bands, the Norwegian girl trio Ephemera) and teaching a singing course at St. Louis Community College. I'm also happy to report that I am back in the studio working on a couple of fun songs for release later on. One of them is a simple, sing-along ode to drinking called "Beer and Wine." This tune seems to get people going when I play it at wineries and elsewhere, so I thought I should go ahead and record it. It's certainly lighter in "spirit" than most of my other songs. The second tune planned for a session is just called "Working Blues." It has a fascinating history that I'll share later on. Upcoming shows for me include duo gigs with Denise Chappell on Aug. 3 (EdgeWild Restaurant and Winery in Chesterfield at 5 pm) and Aug. 17 (at Stone Spiral Coffeehouse in Maplewood, 8 pm); a trio show with Denise and Mark Arnold at the Creve Coeur Lakehouse on Aug. 10 from 7-10 pm (that place is always a delight to play at); an appearance at OakGlenn Winery in Hermann on Sat., Aug. 11 at 2 pm; and a rockin' show with Shakey Deal, my Neil Young tribute band, at the Naked Vine in Chesterfield, Sat., Aug. 25 from 8-11 pm. I'm so lucky that I get to play with fun, talented musicians!
I had the pleasure of seeing one of my main heroes, Neil Young, in concert recently. What an incredible show he did, just solo! Neil is always riveting when you see him live, and his show at the Fox was no exception. If you want to read my review, you can find it here: link I was amazed that he did one of my favorite songs from HARVEST, "There's a World." Never caught that one live before. And the songs "Love and War" and "Peaceful Valley Boulevard" were mesmerizing. The audience sat spellbound for those two gems. Don't miss Neil live if you see he is coming to your town. And if he isn't, come see my band Shakey Deal...we try to be the next best thing to Neil Young!
By the way, folks, I am looking for a few people to write little testimonials or "snippets" about my music, either in general or about specific songs that have touched you. Some of these will be included in a memoir I am writing. The first three people who write something for me that I can use, will get a gift...it could either be an autographed photo, a CD or the like. You can message me here or write me directly at kevinarenick@link. I just want your honest thoughts and feelings, about how the music has affected you. Just a few sentences is fine! :-) I hope to release a compilation of some sort this fall. I just don't know yet if it will come together in time, but I'm hopefull. I have some unreleased songs I would like to get on there. I also want to mention that I am available for House Concerts. I love doing these, and I will fit any budget. You can book me as a duo, trio or the full Shakey Deal band. Just get in touch, and it should be pretty easy to work out a date. I am at home in OTHER homes, so to speak, and promise to give you an entertaining show you won't forget! Just let me know your preferences.
My best to all my fans out there...I am approaching the 1000 subscriber mark, and I'll have to do something extra special for that person when the time comes. Meanwhile, everyone enjoy the rest of your summer. Please stay safe...I live in the state where that horrible boating disaster happened, and it's unthinkable that such things can happen. So be smart and careful, and as always be KIND to each other. That's what the world needs! Blessed be...
Posted at 2018-06-19
Posted at 2018-06-19
Hello my lovely subscribers!
June has been a great month for me....some successful shows lately, a couple of other interesting projects, a repowering of Shakey Deal (my Neil Young tribute band) after some rough times, etc. This is a good time for me, and I never slow down much. There is always something interesting to put my energy into. In July, I plan to record a new single...actually two fun new songs to lighten up the mood after the edginess of my album CLEAR THE WAY. I will also post a couple of tracks previously unavailable here shortly, so keep watching. I very much appreciate you guys listening to my music. I will answer any and all messages I get, remember that. And my goal is to achieve 1000 subscribers by September. That would be a personally meaningful achievement for me as I reach my 10th anniversary as a professional musician. So tell your friends and share the songs, and help me get there! And I promise there is SO much more to come. The shows in the near future include:
Sat., June 30 - Kevin Renick Trio at Creve Coeur Lakehouse, 7-10 pm
Sun., July 8 - Kevin at Oak Glenn Winery in Hermann
Fri., July 13 - Kevin Renick Trio at Creve Coeur Lakehouse, 7-10 pm
Sat., July 21 - Kevin Renick Trio at Pub House in Rolla, MO, 7-10 pm
Fri., Aug. 3 - Kevin and Denise (Chappell) at Edgewild Restaurant, 5-7 pm
Fri., Aug. 17 - Kevin and Denise at Stone Spiral (Maplewood), 8-10 pm
Sat., Aug. 25 - Shakey Deal at Naked Vine in Chesterfield, 8-11 pm
I am seeking house concerts and private parties for fall and winter, so let me know if this is something of interest to you or your company. Rates are very reasonable, I promise. I love performing in all kinds of different situations. Recently I had the immense pleasure of playing two songs at the Missouri History Museum, in conjunction with an amazing talk and slide show by Tom Stockman (link) on the history of local drive-in theatres. It was so much fun, and I performed my little-known song "Twilight of the Drive-in". I am trying to create the sort of career where I could perform a wide variety of songs for different situations, and have it feel just right. That takes a little imagination! I'm also teaching a Tuesday night singing class and writing a couple of personal projects. All will be revealed eventually, though. Anyway, folks, that is all for now. Again, thank you for listening, and I truly love hearing from all of you, so drop me a line if you want. Be good to each other and follow your dreams with passion. It's a crazy, unhinged world, so the time to do that is right NOW!
Posted at 2018-04-17
Posted at 2018-04-17
Spring is seen as a time of change in nature, when things that were still and cold come back to vibrant new life. I truly love Spring, but it did not start off well for me this year. My beloved drummer and friend, Ed Timson, passed away of a sudden heart attack in late March. It would be an understatement to say this was a shock. Forget the music side of it...to simply lose a good friend with no warning whatsoever, is unbearably difficult. If you have listened to and appreciated my songs "Figure Out," "These Things Happen" and "If We Can Keep Dancing," that's Ed on drums on those recordings. I had hoped for much more musicmaking with him, and it's not to be. Just remember, folks, be good to your loved ones always. You simply never know what fate has in store, and it may not always be something you're ready for. I have continued to play some diverse shows, and there are big ones coming up, including a duo show with Ted Moniak at the Samuel Sachs library in Chesterfield on Thurs., April 26 at 7pm, and a Shakey Deal appearance at Naked Vine on Sat., May 5, 8-11 pm.. There are few things I love more than playing music for people, and doing shows in spring and summer is about the best. Remember that if you are ever wanting to book me for a private party or house concert, I can offer duo, trio or full band shows. We tailor the set to the kind of music you want for your show. Just drop me a line if this sounds like something you want to explore.
I finished teaching a wonderfully enjoyable new Songwriting class at St Louis Community College at Meramec in early April. What a talented group of students I had! Hope to repeat the class in fall or next year. Have also been continuing my work on a memoir, which will be full of surprises, and on writing new songs. Three new ones are in the works. And I've been performing my sweet little ode to transition, "Go In Peace," at my last few concerts. I started a recording of this one and will finish it in spring. Hope to include it on a forthcoming compilation album. There are many things I wish I could say about the state of America right now. I'm not going to do that, though. Anywhere in the world of social media you can read any point of view you relate to. What I WILL say, though, is that kindness and community are essential for all of us, and it causes nothing but pain to insult each other and aggressively maintain an attitude of divisiveness. I hope that things will change for the better, SOON. Music is a healing art, and no matter what struggles I endure, I am proud to be a singer and musician. I can't wait to record again, and I continue measured progress on an ambient collaboration with Walter Whitney. Also will probably record a new single in May or June. As always, I welcome correspondence, so feel free to drop me a line, and I'll try to answer all of you. Thanks for the continuing support, and Happy Spring to everyone!
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Kevin today, on Pascal show
Kevin at Innsbrook with guitar on deck
Kevin, Denise and Mark at the Muny
Kevin at Vintage Vinyl appearance
Kevin closeup at Sept. SD show
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Kevin at SD show in Sept, solo pic
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Kevin, HQ alternate clear photo from Tokyo in March 2010
Shakey Deal at DH, cool pic in red light
Shakey Deal Sept. show, another energetic fivesome
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Kevin at Innsbrook lake, cropped
Kevin and band foursome, Vintage Vinyl Jan 21
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Kevin and Denise mostly, Vintage Vinyl
Kevin at Montelle Winery, pic taken by Sue, cropped
Kevin with Graham Nash, partner in the UITA closing credits
Kevin getting ready to autograph a CD for fan
Kevin and Ted at Soulard Art Gallery July 7
Kevin posing near rock wall and fall leaves at Laumeier