The UK band cut the first Utah Kid album in 1972. 37 years later we're in the middle of the second. This time the band became the UK2 Band. The piano player on our first album, Kevin Lewis, died a few years ago and was replaced by Eric Muhler and there were a few other additions. Our lead guitar player Sonny Wolf is one of the "Old Masters" on lead guitar and played on both albums and Steve Auerbach played the hell out of the Hammond B3 on several cuts on the new album. The Babes who sing back-up include the illustrious Christin Merrill as well as the illustrious Lisa Marie Wood, my good friend Denise Provenzano and Misty Sanone. Flavia Cervino Wood Adds depth and elegance on the violin. I wish she'd been around to play on the first album. Harold Carr plays a big mellow bass that suits our music just right. He has played on both albums. Rex Flinner plays a sweet mandolin on several songs on the second album. Richard Taylor is another new member of UK2. He plays rhythm guitar and sings harmony. He and I invented a big visual piano in the sixties on which we performed with The Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, CSNY, Big Mama Thornton and many other musical greats. In those days we were in the Family Dog booking Agency in San Francisco along with The Dead, Carlos, The Charletons, Wavy Gravy and other legends.
All of our music is from scratch - original with deep American roots. I grew up on a big cattle ranch and although I don't think of myself exclusively as a Country Musician those influences are there in my lyrics and music. I am also a visual artist and have done work for many of the music greats of my generation including: Led Zeppelin (ledzeppelinposters.net), Stevie Wonder (Studio Logo), Elton John (Jet Records) and Earth, Wind and Fire (Faces).
Even though the musicians in this band have an abundance of experience this is our debut as the UK2 band. As you can tell these guys can really play and in addition to that they are all even-tempered and easy to work with- no prima donnas here. I love them all.
The Utah Kid (Kenvin Lyman)
The Utah Kid:lyrics, lead vocals, rhythm guitar,harmonica. Sonny Wolf: lead guitars. Harold Carr: Bass. Flavia Cervino Wood: violin. Jon Davis: drums. Richard Taylor:rhythm guitar, backup vocals. Eric Muhler: piano.
My first LP (1973) "Eagle Ridge" is an indie/underground production with 10 songs: Eagle Ridge, Ballad of a Raven King, Indian Famine, El Paso Woman, Railroad Song, I gave my Rolling Stone Away, Jack Rabbit on the Road, Miracle at Canaan, Mission of Love & Satania 606 Blues.
My second album: Down Goes Rome also has 10 songs, 3 are in this submission: Down Goes Rome, Hank Williams Knew the Answers Long Ago, Runaway Angel, When you love a good Woman, Sharky, Red Elephant Blues, Mythical Highway, Hold the Waters Back, MaMa Died and Didn't have Electric Light (We just Watched the Sky at Night).
The first album got a lot of FM underground exposure and was hailed by the critics who happened to hear it. The second album is in production and almost finished.
Our set list can include any of the twenty songs on our two albums. The songs average nearly 4 minutes so there is enough original material to do two full sets of 50 minutes of so.