Evan Kennedy

Evan Kennedy

BandFolkCountry

Biography

"Don't forget to smile and sing a happy song, cause this life we live, no it ain't that long"

Reflecting the positive, life-affirming tone of Evan Kennedy’s music, these lyrics are not mere platitudes—they’re about finding joy and optimism in day-to-day life. Inspired by his life experiences, love, friendships and travel, Evan’s songwriting draws from a rich family history of roots, acoustic folk, rhythm and rock music.

The third generation of Kennedy men to play the Vancouver music scene, Evan follows in the musical footsteps of his dad, Gary—a singer and percussionist with over four decades of local music-making with blues, rock and folk bands, including Sleepy John, Mantra, Risky Business and Skystone. His grandfather, Edwin—a blind, folk/blues harmonica player—shared the stage with the likes of the Rhythm Pals, Sonny Terry and Browny McGee and Charlie Musselwhite.

Growing up surrounded by music—from Gary’s jam sessions and band practices in the basement, to the always-on, multi-genre music of the family stereo—it’s no wonder Evan picked up the guitar at 16 and started to play.

For Evan, music and family are intimately connected; Evan’s full-length, solo-acoustic album, Rollin’, is truly a father-son labour of love. Recorded in Gary’s studio, the album showcases the collaboration of Evan’s songwriting vision with Gary’s multi-instrumentalism (including harp solos on Grampa’s beloved harmonicas). For both father and son, playing and recording together is a gift that transcends the music.

Evan has crammed a lot of success into a relatively brief period of time as a recording artist and gigging musician. For his most recent accomplishment, Evan’s tune, Get Gone, was chosen among the top 20 for The Shore 104.3 FM Sounds of Summer Song Search Contest (2010). Evan competed against over 200 B.C. artists for the honour.

His first band, The Sicks—voted third-best unsigned local band in The Georgia Straight’s 2009 Best of Vancouver—broke onto the Vancouver music scene in 2006 with Evan taking the lead as frontman, singer and songwriter. The Sicks featured Evan’s vocals at his carefree best. The first song Evan ever wrote—We Need More Reggae (found on The Sicks’ 2008 full-length debut studio album, Take It All In) received airplay on 104.3 FM The Shore, where Evan has enjoyed live, in-studio appearances.

Evan gigs his solo-acoustic act at venues all over Vancouver and can regularly be heard at The Wolf and Hound and Mahony & Sons. Besides playing all his own original tunes, Evan creates a unique live performance mixing in lesser known album songs with the songs of today. Evan’s new band, Evan Kennedy & The Nine o’Clock Gunn, deliver a fresh sound that dives deep into a mix of folk and country.

Evan categorizes his music primarily as roots/acoustic folk, though country and other genres can be found in the mix. Non-family influences on Evan’s songwriting include Neil Young, Jim Cuddy and the vocal stylings of Ben Harper.

Lyrics

Get Gone

Written By: Evan Kennedy

Get Gone --- Evan Kennedy

I want to wash my problems, away
I wish they’d get going, I don’t want them to stay
Take my worries, all I’ve lost
And get gone, gone, get gone
And get gone, gone, get gone

I’m moving on, with my life
The clouds have past and the sun shines bright
Take my worries, all I’ve lost
And get gone, gone, get gone
And get gone, gone, get gone

Nothing but good times, nothing but time
I can look over my shoulder with nothing to hide
I don’t want to miss a minute of my life, of my life, of my life, of my life

I’ve had my lows and I’ve had my high’s
Found my direction, when there was no place to go
Take my worries, all I’ve lost

And get gone, gone, get gone
And get gone, gone, get gone
And get gone, gone, get gone
And get gone, gone, get gone

Rodeo

Written By: Evan Kennedy

Short and sweet is what she said, laughing like the devil, cause she knew she was bad
I didn’t believe I could get this low, but girl this ain’t my first rodeo

Her heart was cold, her eyes were dry, the words she spoke were spoken as lies
Looking like a lonely ghost, it crossed her mind but she never let me get that close

I am able, just tell me what I need to know, this fire is burning my soul
I am able, just tell me what I need to know, this fire is burning my soul

Use me baby, take each drop, just be gone by tomorrow when that sun comes up
Don’t show your face, don’t call my name, you’re just another woman you all act the same

I am able, just tell me what I need to know, this fire is burning my soul
I am able, just tell me what I need to know, this fire is burning my soul

Something In The Distance

Written By: Evan Kennedy

I took the 7:30, only took what was mine,
Passed through the valley, on a free ride
My eyes were nearly faded, but I wasn’t blind

This is the proof of our existence, outside of the frame
Don’t want to be a footprint, washed away by the rain
There is something in the distance, something in the distance
There is something in the distance, and it belongs to me

I couldn’t help asking, is there more to life than this?
Or are we all just waiting on what that doesn’t exist
One day you’ll find the answer, you haven’t found yet

This journey, I want it to last, but I know it’s just a matter of time
If we don’t make it, our time past and we’ll find our place in the sky
There is something in the distance, something in the distance
There is something in the distance, and it belongs to me

There is something in the distance (and it won’t be long), something in the distance
There is something in the distance (and it won’t be long), something in the distance
There is something in the distance (and it won’t be long), something in the distance
There is something in the distance (and it won’t be long), something in the distance

Discography

'Sounds of Summer Compilation' released November 2010
'Rollin' (Evan Kennedy) released September 2009
'Take It All In' (The Sicks) released August 2009
'Cynthia EP' (The Sicks) released December 2008

Set List

Rust Into Gold
Boxcar (Neil Young Cover)
Misery
Hey Catalina
One More Day
Get Gone
That Old Me
Thinking Of You
Something In The Distance
My Rodeo Song
Cleaning Windows (Van Morrison Cover)