Bill Kurzenberger
Gig Seeker Pro

Bill Kurzenberger

Columbus, Ohio, United States | INDIE

Columbus, Ohio, United States | INDIE
Band Americana Singer/Songwriter


This band has not uploaded any videos
This band has not uploaded any videos



"MidPoint Music Festival: Saturday Sept. 27"

Blue Wisp Jazz Club
8 p.m. Bill Kurzenberger (Columbus, Ohio)
All props to James Brown, but Bill Kurzenberger may be the hardest working living man in show business. The Columbus keyboardist/guitarist/singer/songwriter plays with five bands (Stone Groove, the Bug Hounds, John Mullins Band, the Resonators, Marshmallow Overcoat), records with a couple others and maintains a burgeoning solo career. No cape, no entourage, but Kurzenberger will work you into a cold sweat nonetheless.

Source: - Cincinnati CityBeat Magazine, Cincinnati, Ohio

"MAJOR MINOR: Albums you may have missed"

Next is local Grateful Dead-sound-alike Bill Kurzenberger’s Suspending Disbelief, which captures the Dead’s good-timey vibe rather well... he writes songs quite suitable for the Dead genre. In fact, if I wanted to spend a happy hour somewhere, imbibing cocktails and talking about my shrinking financials, ol’ Bill could supply the sounds and Jerry Garcia tie anytime.

This is a compliment. - John Petric - The Other Paper, Columbus, Ohio

"Artist Spotlight - Bill Kurzenberger"

Bill Kurzenberger is a veteran keyboardist of the Ohio music scene. He currently sings and plays keyboards with The Resonators, The Bug Hounds, Stone Groove and The Marshmallow Overcoat. Bill is also an established solo artist, having released his debut CD entitled "Suspending Disbelief". - No Cover Magazine, Volume 9 Number 1 2007

"Millennium Music Conference, Day Two"

Millennium Music Conference, Day Two 2/20/2010

Like the first day of Millennium Music Conference business sessions, this one also featured a schedule of panels and seminars, and more acoustic entertainment on the Pennsylvania Musician-sponsored acoustic stage.

Some 28 different performers and bands graced the acoustic stage throughout the day. Among the most impressive performances were those by... Columbus, Ohio-based singer/pianist Bill Kurzenberger.

The daytime portion of the Millennium Music Conference concluded with this year’s edition of what has become the conference’s most popular panel, the Smash Or Trash panel. Throughout the weekend, musicians were invited to submit their recordings to a drop box. Then, during the Smash Or Trash panel, a panel of music industry representatives would play some of the submitted recordings and offer their thoughts and critiques of the music; disclosing whether the song had the potential to be a hit, or if it was trash and/or needed major reworking... There were several big "winners," songs that passed the panel with flying colors and were deemed potential hits; those songs were submitted by Shaun Ruyman, The Chuck Schaeffer Picture Show, Bill Kurzenberger, The Trapps, and Shayna Zaid.

Source: - Altoona Mirror Newspaper, Altoona, Pennsylvania

"Pianist goes solo on 'Solitary Road' CD"

Bill Kurzenberger plays keyboards in four bands, two based in Columbus and two in Dayton.

So why is the Clintonville musician's second CD, which came out last month, a solo effort?

It was time, Kurzenberger said, to release something that more accurately represents his artistry.

"I just realized I felt I was really overdue to get this CD out," he said during a recent interview in his north Clintonville home.

The follow-up to 2005's "Suspended Disbelief," in which Kurzenberger was supported by a full backup band, is named, appropriately enough, "Solitary Road."

"While the majority of the album is steeped in Americana rock and blues, the final track is a significant departure to the world of 'space music,'" Kurzenberger wrote in describing the new release. "Clocking in at 18-1/2 minutes, 'Tabula Rasa' incorporates elements of world beat, jazz fusion, trance and electronica."

It was composed by Kurzenberger over a two-year period and recorded solely with a Yamaha Motif keyboard.

The composer described the long song as "a musical representation of the past, present and future of life on planet Earth."

"This CD kind of reflects a troubadour's or a bluesman's journey," Kurzenberger said.

Kurzenberger's journey began 37 years ago in the Cleveland suburb of Fairview Park. His parents, who weren't musically inclined, encouraged their son to take piano lessons when he was in the first, second and third grades. He stopped after that because he didn't much care for classical music, and it was not until Kurzenberger was in the eighth grade and the sounds of Van Halen and Genesis filled the airwaves that he returned to playing.

Kurzenberger bought a keyboard and discovered he could play by ear many of the songs he liked.

"I do have a natural inclination toward it, but it wasn't until I really wanted do it that it kind of came out," Kurzenberger said.

In high school, he learned to play guitar and often jammed with friends, but was never in a band until after enrolling at Ohio Wesleyan University.

There, still playing guitar, the accounting and computer science major found some people with whom he formed groups. It was a heady experience.

"It was just that like-mindedness, that feeling of accomplishment when you create something, especially music, something that wasn't there before," Kurzenberger said.

After graduating in 1994, Kurzenberger moved to Columbus and played with bands at venues like the Dolphin Lounge in Gahanna and other open stages. He worked in sales jobs for a while and then as a computer technician for various companies around the city. Kurzenberger now has his own home-based tech support and website development business.

He and his wife, Julie, who was a singer on his first CD, and stepson Xavier, who will be attended Bishop Watterson High School in the fall, live in a north Clintonville home that was built in 1939.

The musician switched back from guitar to keyboards in 2000, mostly because it was a less-crowded field. Since coming to Columbus, Kurzenberger said that he has played with perhaps as many as 15 groups. Each of these bands was its own learning experience, Kurzenberger said, a different cast of characters with a different set of dynamics. His own band, the Resonators, was formed in the wake of the success enjoyed by "Suspended Disbelief." He also plays in the Columbus-based group the Bug Hounds as well as the Skeleton Crew and Terrapin Moon out of Dayton.

Turning out that first CD of all original songs was an enjoyable experience, Kurzenberger recalled, one that was spurred by his writing of "Venom Wine," about which he felt strongly.

"It was also challenging from the perspective of working to get the best take possible, know that's the take you're going to be listening to for years and years," he said.

"I just needed a way to get that out there for people to hear it," Kurzenberger added. "I felt like I needed to make the plunge."

"Solitary Road," which was recorded over a three-year period at several local studios, got its biggest push to completion when Kurzenberger wrote some new songs earlier this year that he felt were worthy of committing to posterity, or at least the posterity of self-produced CDs.

The new album is available online at and, as well as locally at Ace in the Hole Music Exchange on Kenny Road, Lost Weekend Records on North High Street, Music Go-Round on Bethel Road and Used Kids Records on North High Street.

Kurzenberger, who was scheduled to be among the performers at this past weekend's ComFest in Goodale Park, will be playing with the Resonators on Friday, July 9, at Woodlands Tavern, formerly the Thirsty Ear, on West Third Avenue.

More information is available at his website, - ThisWeek Community Newspaper, Clintonville, Ohio


"Venom Wine"
RELIX MAGAZINE CD Compilation (2011)
Available at: and booksellers nationwide

"Solitary Road"
CD Release (2010)
Available at:, Apple iTunes
More information at
Radio stations playing "Solitary Road":
WCBE 90.5 FM, Columbus, Ohio
WSLN 98.7 FM, Delaware, Ohio
BEAUB FM, Limoges, France
KAOLIN FM, Limoges, France

"The Light Show"
CD Release (2008)
Released on Garage Nation Records
Available at

"Venom Wine"
Groupies Suck Vol. #9
CD Compilation in No Cover Magazine (2007)
Released on Whiskey Records
Available at Barnes & Noble booksellers nationwide

"Suspending Disbelief"
CD Release (2005)
Available at:, Apple iTunes, Napster, Rhapsody

Radio stations playing "Suspending Disbelief":
WCBE 90.5 FM, Columbus, Ohio
WSLN 98.7 FM, Delaware, Ohio
BEAUB FM, Limoges, France
KAOLIN FM, Limoges, France

Fall Ripplefest 2004
DVD Release (2005)
Available at

"I Looked at You"
Peace Frog Conquer the World
CD Compilation in Peace Frog Magazine #831 (2005)
Released on Nowhere Street Music

"(Can't Stop) Thee Hands of Tyme"
Vinyl 45" Record (2004)
Released on Garage Nation Records
Available at

CD Release (2000)



Bill Kurzenberger is a dynamic keyboardist/guitarist/singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio. An established solo artist, Kurzenberger also plays keyboards and sings with The Resonators, the Bug Hounds, Skeleton Crew and Terrapin Moon.

Over the past fifteen years, Bill has performed at many of Ohio's premier venues including Promowest's LC Pavilion, the House of Blues, the Beachland Ballroom, the Newport Music Hall, and Legend Valley.

Kurzenberger's debut CD "Suspending Disbelief" was released in 2005. His follow-up CD, "Solitary Road", was released in June of 2010. Both albums are available on CDBaby, Apple iTunes, and Rhapsody.

In June of 2012, Kurzenberger was voted "Best Male Vocalist" in The Columbus Music Awards, and also received 2nd place for Singer/Songwriter.

More information is available at Kurzenberger's official website .

"All props to James Brown, but Bill Kurzenberger may be the hardest working living man in show business. The Columbus keyboardist/guitarist/singer/songwriter plays with five bands, records with a couple others and maintains a burgeoning solo career. No cape, no entourage, but Kurzenberger will work you into a cold sweat nonetheless." - Cincinnati CityBeat Magazine