Free Kennedy
Gig Seeker Pro

Free Kennedy

Plainfield, Illinois, United States | INDIE

Plainfield, Illinois, United States | INDIE
Band Country Singer/Songwriter


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



"On Music: Free Kennedy: Two arts, one sound"

On Music: Free Kennedy: Two arts, one sound

By Jim Hagerty
Staff Writer

It’s not known whether recording artist Free Kennedy has risked turning the volume past the comforts of country music fans. What’s for sure is that he’s making enough noise to prove he belongs alongside Bo Bice, Jason Aldean and Darius Rucker in a rock-tinged brigade Nashville has welcomed with open arms. Kennedy’s debut, American Dream, dropped Oct. 23, and has as much punch in six songs that Aldean packed in the 11-track debut that rocked straight to the top 10 in 2005.

A Muskogee, Okla., native, Free Kennedy moved to Chicago in 2003 to focus on selling his songs in a bigger market. It wasn’t long before Nashville writers took notice, altering the unknown guitar store worker’s course of action.

“I got into songwriting in Nashville to sell my songs,” Kennedy said. “After a while, someone told me they liked my stuff and said, ‘Hey, why don’t you just be an artist?’ The next thing I knew, I was cutting a record. It was almost like it just happened.”

A former rocker, Kennedy spent a few years in the trenches opening up for a host of bands like Gin Blossoms and working among the industry’s A-list producers.

When it appeared he’d solidify a career as a rock artist, it was Kennedy’s down-home roots that opened the door for a country career that would take much of his hard-driving influences along for the ride. And he’s making no bones about it, nor trying to hide the rock and roll that stands tall and proud behind a tapestry of countryfied literacy.

“People are loving it,” Kennedy added. “It’s definitely a hybrid—country/rock mixture influenced by different things.”

Kennedy’s influences are evident in his music, something he says is attributed to the stew of the music he grew up listening to. From Motown to Motley Crue, Kennedy was moved in the right direction that has Nashville execs realizing the new generation of country rockers has arrived, just as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Clint Black revitalized the traditional country sound in the early ’90s. As the charts continue to prove, there’s plenty of room to rock. In fact, even as country gets louder and stronger, there’s nothing getting in the way of what made Nashville famous.

“Today, we are pushing the limits,” Kennedy said. “To some, today’s country is the new rock. But there’s still your traditional country and the blues/rock stuff that will never go away.”

Managed by global A&R company Entertainment 29 (Golden Music), Free Kennedy and band, Project Free, have been busy playing a variety of dates and promoting the title track, which continues to branch from the Muskogee airwaves, where it was the Okie Country 101.7’s most requested track, to other markets.

Whether today’s country is, in fact, the new rock, a six-song EP won’t be the last anyone hears from Free Kennedy. If there’s ever been anyone in the decade who has actually fused—without alterations—country and rock, Kennedy is it. The album can be purchased at More information about Entertainment 20 is at

From the Nov. 10-16, 2010 issue - The Rock River Times


New Release for 2010 - 2011 CD



One of Nashville's next big things, Free Kennedy is a dedicated singer and musician with an
unshakable commitment to building his music career and fan base one song and one rocking live show
at a time.
Free Kennedy's band is backed by some of the top musicians in Nashville's music community. With
some of the best session and live musicians that have played and performed on some of the biggest
records and stages in the world, Free and his band are not just your average touring or bar band.
From southern and classic rock, to pop and, of course, country music, this superb singer and musician
has something to offer everyone. With years of experience and influences, Free and his band bring a
unique and appealing flavor of music to the stage.
Free's hard work and dedication to writing, recording and performing great music has earned him
success show after show. Free's fresh approach to the country rock/pop genre has attracted fans of all
ages. Continuously packing concerts and shows with diehard fans singing along with Free and his
band, Free Kennedy always entertains and never disappoints.
Management: Zach Scott, 618 Music Group | Nashville, TN 37203
(615) 300-2135 |