David Kitchen

David Kitchen

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

My name is David Kitchen and I am a soulful singer songwriter specializing in cutting to the chase. I write, sing and play music in a totally approachable way. In my songs people fall in love or break up or have imperfect reconciliations in about three and a half minutes.

Biography

David Kitchen is a singer, song writer and guitarist living in the Washington D.C. area.

David has been a professional musician for over three decades, writing and performing his own music from the Rockies to the Atlantic Ocean with stops, both literal and figurative in the Mississippi Delta and the Appalachian Mountains.

Known as a road warrior in the local D.C. area, Kitchen has honed his skills performing before live audiences on an almost nightly basis, working as a sideman on various projects as well as fronting his own bands. David's heavy schedule finds him equally at home playing such up scale venues as the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center and the Barns at Wolftrap, or the beer and sawdust circuit. In 2003 with the Thrillbillies, Kitchen took the helm for the regular Thursday night show at the legendary Sunset Grille in Annandale Virginia, a gig formally overseen by guitar wizard Bill Kirchen.

Kitchen released his first album, the roots rock/country flavored Low Falutin' for Rockmonger, in 1998. The record was well received; the Washington Post's Mike Joyce praised Davids mixture of charm, attitude and tunefulness and found in his song-craft reminders of Buddy Holly and Paul McCartney.

Over the last decade, Kitchen has been a prolific musical force in the Wahington area, and David's peers have recognized his achievements with a series of nominations and awards including WAMA(Washington Area Music Association) nominations for Best New Artist, Roots Rock Instrumentalist, Roots Rock Vocalist and Musician of The Year. In 2006, Kitchen won WAMA awards for Songwriter of the Year, Best Song of 2006 (If Love is Blind) and Best Debut Album (Live at The Sunset Grille w/ The Thrillbillies). In 2006, David was a finalist in the Mountain Stage/NewSong Contest with Find Our Way.

Variously Kitchen's music can be heard on TV spots for the U.S. Labor Dept. and the Association of Speech and Hearing, and David's 1998 song, Mystery to Me appears in the 2001 Paramount motion picture Wild Iris starring Gena Rowlands, and on the local D. C. compilation Greetings From The District of Country. David also found time to write and performed the theme song for Washington D.C.'s 48 Hour Film Festival in 2001.

Kitchen's songs have been covered by a number of artists, including blues rocker Tom Principato, who covered If Love Is Blind in 2005, and the Pacific Northwest's Fabulous Wailers, who chose to feature his song Cadillac To Mexico as the title track for their 2003 release.

In 2002, Kitchen added the title of producer with his work on American Song's album True To Life on Red Robin.

In the Fall of 2008 Kitchen is set to release Underground, a five song EP he describes as post modern melodic guitar pop.

Lyrics

Underground

Written By: David Kitchen

Underground (Kitchen)

Held out my hand
You didn’t even bat an eye
We grew up on the same street you and I

Everything is upside down
Everything has come unwound
We’d be better off if we went underground

Underground
Underground
That’s where we ought to go

I’m in the basement
You know the signal
You alone will hear my call

Guess we best stay out of sight

Let me know what you can do
I can’t afford to lose
Another night of sleep to worry

Sell off what we can’t carry
Get out of here in a hurry
Set up shop with me underground

Underground
Underground
In the mountains with an ocean view

I’m in the basement
Without a red cent
You come down to meet me
And smile so sweetly

Guess we best stay out of sight
S.O.S. clean out of sight

Lost in the distance
In a frozen moment
Wish I could cry but I’m as dry as a bone now

Now everything is upside down
Everything has come unwound
We’d be better off if we went underground

Underground
Underground
Can you dig it can you now?
Underground
Underground

I’m in the basement
You know the signal
You alone will hear my call

Guess we best stay out of sight
S.O.S. clean out of sight
Guess we best stay out of sight
S.O.S. clean out of sight
Guess we best stay out of sight
S.O.S. clean out of sight

Mean Old Mister Gravity

Written By: David Kitchen

Mean old Mr. Gravity Don’t bring me down, down down Mean old Mr. Gravity Don’t bring me down, down down Everything was perfect Everything was perfect then There was a place for everything And everything was in it’s place Unprepared for catastrophe I let it go I let it all fall down Every muscle atrophies Whenever Mr. Gravity’s around This world ain’t perfect Nothing works perfectly Nothing works at all Does it Mr. Gravity? It could be worse I guess I want that weightless feeling again I want that weightless feeling again Mean old Mr. Gravity Don’t bring me down, down down Mean old Mr. Gravity Don’t bring me down, down down Everything was perfect Everything was perfect then There was a place for everything And everything was in it’s place It could be worse I guess Mean Old Mr. Gravity You used to be so nice to me It could be worse I guess I want that weightless feeling again I want that weightless feeling again I want that weightless feeling again I want that weightless feeling again

Find Our Way

Written By: David Kitchen

Find Our Way

If you came to me

I wouldn’t hide it

set aside my pride and stand beside you

It may never be the way it used to be

It’ll take some time but surely we will find our way

You must decide

But right now you’re weary

It’s looking like you may be fearing

That it will never be the way it used to be

It’ll take some time but someday you will walk with me

All alone in a world you devised

Just to keep you from being hurt

Give it up come with me girl

Left to yourself

You’ve gotten jaded

Let’s clear the air

Don’t leave me waiting

It will never be the way it used to be

It may take some time but surely we will find our way

It may take some but surely we will find our way

You Know That I Will

Written By: David Kitchen

You Know That I Will (Kitchen) Bigger than the both of us This trouble is here to stay No matter what we do No matter what we say Tomorrow is breathing down our necks With no storybook ending in sight So hang on tight Hang on tonight Seems like this long lonely nightmare Would finally be coming to an end But the daylight called in sick And the moon refused to pretend Again I’m stumbling in the dark With one last match to strike Burn me again Shield me from the wind If I can make the time stand still You know that I will You know that I will If I can make the ride a thrill I’ll climb up the hill You know that I will Once upon a time we made a pact You said you’d put me out of my misery Now I promise not to tell If you lose your nerve and set me free See we’re stumbling in the dark With one last match to strike So hang on tight Hang on tonight If I can make the time stand still You know that I will You know that I will If I can make the ride a thrill I’ll climb up the hill You know that I will If I can feed the fire that’s chilled You know that I will You know that I will If I can make tonight a thrill You know that I will You know that I will

Remembering

Written By: David Kitchen

Remembering

Everywhere I go

I keep remembering

Everyday looking back

I think what might have been

But I know you’ll come back to me

Yes I know you’ll come back to me

A life complete

Free from all desire

A love so deep

No way it would expire

And I know it’ll come to me

Yes I know it’ll come back to me

Everywhere I go

Everything I do

I keep remembering

Everywhere I go

I keep remembering looking back looking back

Discography

LP- Low Falutin' on Rockmonger Records 1998
EP- Underground 2008
Single - "If Love Is Blind" as recorded by Tom Principato on his LP Guitar Gumbo receives airplay on XM radio

Set List

Mostly originals with a few choice covers.