Bill Kurzenberger

Bill Kurzenberger

 Columbus, Ohio, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Bill Kurzenberger is a veteran keyboardist of the Ohio music scene. An established solo artist, he also plays keyboards and sings with The Resonators, the Bug Hounds, Skeleton Crew and Terrapin Moon. "Solitary Road", the follow-up to his 2005 CD "Suspending Disbelief", was released in June of 2010.

Biography

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 http://www.billsmusic.net .

"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

Lyrics

Venom Wine

Written By: William M. Kurzenberger

Gypsy eyes, alligator hat, Cheshire grin and attitude to match.
Everyone thinks you can do no wrong, but they haven’t known you for that long.
You keep saying everything’s fine while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.

Tit for tat, don’t be like that, never heard anyone talk so much smack.
Cursed your lover who gave you a home, then you sit there crying about being alone.
You keep saying everything’s fine while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.

The deaf lead the deaf, the blind lead the blind. He’s always trying to be first in line.
Sit there with an innocent grin, until she knocked him on the chin with a bottle of gin.
You keep saying everything’s fine while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.

Don’t ask her for the recipe, she cooks it up in her home winery.
Eye of newt, absinthe & lead, and the hair that she plucked from her lover’s head,
Boy, I sure feel sorry for you if you’re the next victim of her witch's brew.
If you’re lucky she’ll give you a taste, but you’ll wake up naked with a painted-on face...

You lost your hat sleeping out in the rain. That old venom wine has rotted your brain.
You thought you were queen of the town, but you ain’t talking very much now.
You keep saying everything’s fine while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.
You keep saying everything’s fine while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.

Ain’t it fine, ain’t it fine, ain’t it fine, ain’t it fine, you just sit there drinking your Venom Wine.
You’ll go blind, you’ll go blind, you’ll go blind, you’ll go blind, while you sit there drinking your Venom Wine.

San Francisco Bay

Written By: William M. Kurzenberger

You said this place is not your home,
You said this city wasn't good enough for you.
You said it's time for you to roam,
You said this life we're living wasn't meant for you.

Chorus: Well, I'll never know why you left that day,
But you had your reasons why you couldn't stay.
You said farewell and you were on your way, and
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.

You said we haven't come that far,
You'll take your photographs, and leave me with the rest.
Pack your clothes up in your car, and
Take that journey on that long road to the west.

Chorus: Well, I'll never know why you left that day,
But you had your reasons why you couldn't stay.
You said farewell and you were on your way, and
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.

You sent a postcard from the road,
You're in St. Louis, but I'm in misery.
You finally dumped that heavy load,
You said that in your life you've never felt so free.

Chorus: Well, I'll never know why you left that day,
But you had your reasons why you couldn't stay.
You said farewell and you were on your way, and
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.
Now you're bound for San Francisco Bay.

A Day Late and a Dollar Short

Written By: William M. Kurzenberger

I was on the road, just got back in town,
I couldn't find any of my old friends around.
I called my old girl, she said where you been,
I said it'd take too long to explain but I'll take you there someday,
I just need a place, just to lay my head,
She said I just rented out your half of the bed.
I called up the band, and when I got through,
They said the cops got the drummer, and they're looking for you too.

Chorus:
I was a day late... and a dollar short.
I was a day late... and then you'll say... you heard it all before, and walk out that door.

Just the day before, I was due in court,
I can't remember what it was they got me for.
But it wasn't me, that did the deed,
I was in another state, so innocent I plead.
Then they told me, your trial was yesterday,
The foreman read the verdict, and they're putting you away.
But in my defense, let me plead my case,
He said tell it to the judge, I'm just the magistrate.

Chorus:
I was a day late... and a dollar short.
I was a day late... and then you'll say... you heard it all before, and walk out that door.

Riverbed

Written By: William M. Kurzenberger

I make my bed by the river, rest my head on Mother Earth.
Along the banks of the Green River, close to the site of my birth.
I’ve lost all that I own, but I’ve lived a full life’s worth.

I was born up on the hillside, in a cabin that’s no longer there.
Up near the old marble mine, I lost a few good friends in there.
But when they closed that mine down, couldn’t find no work anywhere.

So I gambled my possessions, on a midnight sinner's game.
Tried to make it out to Fresno, for a shot at fortune and fame.
But I lost it all that night, and now I’ve got nothing to my name.

I used to have a great big family, but they’ve all passed away.
And as I lie here in my riverbed, I know I’ll see them again someday.

I can see the river rising, it surrounds me with its grace.
It takes me in its arms, carries me away in its waves.
I hope this mighty river takes me to a better place.
Or will this mighty river be my final resting place?

Discography

BILL KURZENBERGER
"Venom Wine"
RELIX MAGAZINE CD Compilation (2011)
Available at: Relix.com and booksellers nationwide
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BILL KURZENBERGER
"Solitary Road"
CD Release (2010)
Available at: CDBaby.com, Apple iTunes
More information at http://www.billsmusic.net
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
RukusRadio.com
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THE MARSHMALLOW OVERCOAT
"The Light Show"
CD Release (2008)
Released on Garage Nation Records
Available at Purple-Cactus.tv
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BILL KURZENBERGER
"Venom Wine"
Groupies Suck Vol. #9
CD Compilation in No Cover Magazine (2007)
Released on Whiskey Records
Available at Barnes & Noble booksellers nationwide
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BILL KURZENBERGER
"Suspending Disbelief"
CD Release (2005)
Available at: CDBaby.com, 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
RukusRadio.com
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THE RITCHEY BROTHERS BAND
"Sigmond"
Fall Ripplefest 2004
DVD Release (2005)
Available at JamCamDVD.com
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THEE HANDS OF TYME
"I Looked at You"
Peace Frog Conquer the World
CD Compilation in Peace Frog Magazine #831 (2005)
Released on Nowhere Street Music
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THEE HANDS OF TYME
"(Can't Stop) Thee Hands of Tyme"
Vinyl 45" Record (2004)
Released on Garage Nation Records
Available at Purple-Cactus.tv
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STATION
"Encompass"
CD Release (2000)

Set List

Originals:
A Day Late and a Dollar Short
Ceremony of the Free
December
Genevieve
Medicine Man
Melanie
Nightcrawler
Resonate
Riverbed
Road Trip
Sanctuary
San Francisco Bay
Skeleton Key
Solitary Road
Venom Wine
You're Not Alone

Covers:
Right Place Wrong Time (Dr. John)
Will It Go 'Round in Circles (Billy Preston)
After Midnight (Eric Clapton / J.J. Cale)
Bertha (Grateful Dead)
Deep Elem Blues (traditional)
Eyes of the World (Grateful Dead)
Five to One (The Doors)
I Know You Rider (traditional)
Into the Mystic (Van Morrison)
It Takes a Lot to Laugh, a Train to Cry (Bob Dylan)
Moondance (Van Morrison)
Rocky Mountain Way (Joe Walsh)
Such a Night (Dr. John)
Sugaree (Grateful Dead)
Tangled Up In Blue (Bob Dylan)
Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
Turn On Your Lovelight (Bobby Blue Bland)
The Weight (The Band)
Washing of the Water (Peter Gabriel)
Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon)
When I Paint my Masterpiece (Bob Dylan)
When the Music's Over (The Doors)
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