The Kenn Morr Band

The Kenn Morr Band

 Connecticut, USA
BandAmericanaSinger/Songwriter

Alternative Folk/Rock with groovin' rhythms, unique instrumentation, poetic lyrics and sweet melodies. Critics say the music stays with you upon first-listening. Driven by a trademark (bass) lead vocals (ala Mark Knopfler or Leonard Cohen), harmonies and a hot band. Kenn's CDs have been played on radio stations throughout US and Europe.

Biography

The Kenn Morr Band: World Class Music From a Town You Haven’t Heard Of

            The Kenn Morr Band is on a roll in 2014, pleased to be touring in support of its latest release, the double-disc set “Afterimage.” Recorded live at Sandy Brook Studios in Colebrook, CT, it’s a project that was in the works for some time, featuring fresh interpretations of material from eight previous releases. Kenn and his band revisited the songs to capture the group as it sounds live, with crisp studio sound and minimal overdubs.

The result is an organic collection of lush three-part vocal harmonies and sparkling acoustic instruments—real musicians playing soulful music in real time. (It’s the kind of recording you may have thought nobody makes any more.)

Growing up on Long Island, Kenn was inspired by such lyric and melody-minded acts as Gordon Lightfoot, Simon and Garfunkel, Graham Nash, and Jackson Browne. Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step became his friend and supporter. When a college baseball scholarship didn’t work out, he turned—appropriately—to Communications, a field for which he is well-suited. He’s got a radio announcer’s rich baritone and the kind of humor and charisma that enthralls audiences of all sizes, from intimate coffeehouses to the stages of venues as demanding as the famed Bitter End in New York City and the International Festival of Arts and Ideas on the New Haven Green. 

            Kenn trusts the universe to bring him what he needs: parking spots, dry weather, you name it. He left Long Island and found in Connecticut a home, new friends, and—eventually--the band that brings his music to life. He calls it his best band ever. First up was master percussionist Dr. Bob Gaspar, known for making one drum sound like four. Then the universe sent violin virtuoso and multi-instrumentalist Tom Hagymasi. (Kenn calls him “an animal.”) The final piece in the puzzle was melodic bassist “Magic” Pat Ryan, a graduate of the Berklee College of Music. Known for its close three-part vocal harmonies and fiery instrumental interplay, the group has been together for several years, becoming fast favorites on the outdoor festival scene. They’ve paid dues of every kind and played gigs of every stripe, along the way sharing the stage with artists like John Sebastian, Al Kooper, Eric Burdon, and John Wesley Harding.

            With airplay across the country and in Europe (where KMB music gets played in England, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and the Netherlands, among other countries), “Afterimage” is set to bring the Kenn Morr sound to many new listeners.  

Lyrics

Move On

Written By: Kenn Morr

Move On
I just finished up your letter
You wanna know when things get better ?
When will you be up, not so down
Stranded far from town
All you see these days are gray skies
All you’re hearing are the blue lies
Askin’ what you lack
Gotta get yourself back

Chorus:
On and on the beat goes on
Soon this second will be gone
Another day here and gone
...... move on

Life is all about the yearning
And another page a - turning
True love and happiness, why so hard ?
Is it just written in the cards ?
Somebody once said something
It all comes down to one thing
Move on, move on
Don’t waste sweet precious time (chorus)

Nobody’s getting any younger
Don’t have to be to have the hunger
It’s in your hands, no one else
can put you on the shelf
The weather’s getting warmer
Maybe you are getting stronger
Move on, move on
Don’t waste your precious time

Chorus:
On and on the beat goes on
Soon this second will be gone
Another day here and gone
........move on
Moments come, moments go
Nothing makes the time move slow
Another day here and gone
......move on

Get Back

Written By: Kenn Morr

Get Back

How am I gonna get back to that cabin
How am I gonna get back to the land
Mighty river rollin’ through the valley
Gonna wash you where you stand
Morning winds whispering soft and quiet
Tryin’ say something to my ear
Can’t be heard above the roar of the river
Rambling like an auctioneer

How am I gonna get back to the city
How am I gonna get back to the streets
There’s a million miles of open highway
Between here and Easy Street
There’s a pale moon up on the rooftop
Sky scraper scrapes the sky
There’s a crazy man up on the antenna
Telling everyone that he’s gonna fly

Chorus:
Runaway Boy
Run away now
Gotta get back to myself
And I’m trying to learn how
Fly away bird
Take to the sky
There’s mountains of stone and steel
I gotta get by

How am I gonna get back to the laughter
How am I gonna get back to that space
I got lost on an endless highway
Just trying to keep the pace
How am I gonna get back to the ocean
How am I gonna get back to the shore
There’s miles and miles of coastline
And that’s what I’m gettin’ for (chorus)

How am I gonna get back to that cabin
How am I gonna get back to the land
Mighty river rollin’ through the valley
Gonna drop you where you stand
Morning winds whispering soft and quiet
Tryin’ say something to my ear
Can’t be heard above the roaring of the river
Rambling like an auctioneer (chorus)

Still Need You Near

Written By: Kenn Morr

Still Need You Near

Colors of the last warm day
Wind it comes blows them away
Pending fall, dreading cold
Feeling young but growing old
These dreams I’m having in my head
They wake than knock me from my bed
Lost like a ship out at sea
And in the throes of mutiny

Chorus:
Deep, deep our heart
We’re never apart
But I still need you near

Warm brown eyes of almond shape
Into those eyes I must escape
It’s cold out here I need the sun
Spent too much time out on run
Keep me warm wrapped in your arms
Keep my heart from further harm
Whisper something to my ear
Make my blues just disappear (chorus)

I still need you near
I still need you near
I still need you near
I still need you near

Morning wakes the breeze blows in
And touches soft upon your skin
The early bird still sings his tune
He knows that winter’s coming soon
Keep me warm wrapped in your arms
Keep my heart from further harm
It’s cold out here I need the sun
Spent too much time out on run (chorus)

I still need you near
I still need you near
I still need you near
I still need you near (repeat)

Once More

Written By: Kenn Morr

Once More

Got no words to say right now
Words can only make things worse
Guess we’ve come to see the light of day
Nothing’s ever gonna quench the thirst
You believed so deeply
That’s what made me believe
Who knew those days of innocence
Could ever up and leave

Chorus:
I’ll say it once more if it’s any conciliation
Still got the fire burning
But I’m walking out on thin ice
When day breaks we’ll give it all it takes
When you’re running low on love you know
It’s hard to pay the price

Bubbles bursting all around the wet and pretty ones
Some break before they touch the ground
One last glisten in the sun
For every burst or shattered dream there was a perfect plan
But nothing stands the test of time
If you build it out on the sand (chorus)

Wonder if there’s any way we can get this right
Feels we’ve fought the final round
And now somebody’s gonna try and stop the fight
At least I always knew I had you, you were the one
But everything keeps changing
In my world beneath the sun (chorus)

Moonlight Meadow Song

Written By: Kenn Morr

Moonlight Meadow Song

The leaves are dying fast ‘neath September’s cold skies
October winds blow, they cut loose and fly
We’re holding our breath with everything they say
On every t.v. and news stand at the start of the day
Seems like everybody’s changing or maybe it’s me
Most of who I knew ain’t who they used to be
There’s a loner alone at a table for one
He’s always bitching and complaining that he never has fun

Chorus
Some night when the stars are out
Meet me in the moonlit meadow
Free from all reality
Sing with me
That moonlight meadow song

There’s a child and he’s walking down a long dirt road
From the school house he carries all the things he’s been told
While the birds of prey circle above the old hill
There’s a drunkard in a tavern who brags of a kill
I’m knocking three times on the ceiling above
But you say you ain’t got time for casual love
Love got you once, love got you twice
Now love’s got your heart all crushed in a vise (Chorus)

One more enemy is circling over my head
If he cuts it any closer some one’s gonna be dead
But I ain’t got no hear, ain’t got no guts
I’m too busy trying to pull my ass out of a rut
They say a storm’s coming, one we’ll never forget
So keep pushing honey or you’re gonna get wet
I can’t say why, all the things I do
Don’t make me try and pull me closer to you (chorus)

I couldn’t possibly be moving at the speed they said
With all the busy thoughts I got running around in my head
And I don’t need you coming on to me if
If you don’t see me dying I don’t know what you see
Old Ed ain’t living down my road anymore
Last night they called his number
up to heaven’s sweet door
He was the last of the old folks
Last of a breed
Now there’s no one around to
grow us the food that we need (chorus)

Discography

Full-Length CDs:
Kenn Morr Band - "Worth Imagining"
Kenn Morr Band- "Higher Ground"
Kenn Morr- "Move On"
Kenn Morr- "Coming Home"
Kenn Morr Band- "New Moon Rising"
Kenn Morr- "Today"

Set List

Sets are comprised of Kenn Morr songs in either 45 or 90 min sets.