Hunter, NY 2012
Review By: Pamela Ashton
The Connor Kennedy band played to a crowd of about 200 and kicked of Sunday afternoon at Mountain Jam with a roar!
With a percussionist, bassist, 2 drummers, 3 brass players, keyboardist, guitarist, and then Connor Kennedy singing and playing guitar this was a sight to behold!
Initially I wondered if 10 players might make for a chaotic, loud and fractured sound…I mean really 3 people pounding on drums….how could it be anything but?
I envisioned a teeny, rickety cart being pulled by a team of willful, strong wild horses….
I was wrong.
The songs were so skillfully executed that each player had sufficient space to play without it ever sounding crowded. Not only did it not sound busy, but each player had room to SHINE. Brilliant.
Closing my eyes, I drank in the warmth and groove. The band was tight. In the pocket.
Kennedy’s vocals sounded far more mature than his 17 years. With a rich, silky timber, he offered up a dynamic, controlled vocal performance while serving up some delicious riffs seemingly effortlessly.
There was so much talent packed into this young man – I just HAD to arrange to talk to him and get to know him a little bit more. It’s not often that you meet someone so focused and driven before he’s old enough to vote!
Watch future issues for more coverage of Connor Kennedy. This is a young man to watch!