Kevin Neidig

Kevin Neidig

 Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, USA
SoloAmericanaAcoustic

The pureness of Jason Mraz, the deceptive simplicity of Ray Lamontagne., the soulful twang of John Mayer, rhythmic complexity of Dave Mathews, and the lyric profundity of Darrell Scott. Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist, and songwriter.

Biography

Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist
and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness:

Playing

The unexpected complexity, combined with graceful agility, are what grab
you by the throat, compelling you to listen into the wee hours. Kevin
possesses an otherworldly ear and literal sleight of hand. Watching his
nimble fingers execute a fretboard is like bearing witness to a spider
weaving geometry into form. He manages to project a kind of tenderness
clad in power, by turns exuding mystery, exuberance and wit.

Singing

From first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, at once at ease with
old-as-the-hills bluegrass as the latest pop number on the radio. There's
authenticity underlying all the flow, and a comfort level with an
impressive range - high and soulful to deep and baleful. Clear and
powerfully emotive, Kevin's voice commands you to listen time and again as
you marvel at how your soul is stirred with each play.

Songwriting

Kevin's approach never fails to present a different perspective - lyrically
and musically. With his use of intricate timing, ingenuity with keys and
tempos, and a dizzying contortion of chords, it's easy to understand why
other musicians clamor to play his compositions for the thrill and sheer
workout of it. He delivers impeccably crafted, hand-hewn tunes - a
perfect turn of word here, transforming melodies there - lush, tuneful
journeys not to be missed.

I’ve been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin (I love anything with strings), influenced by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice – heroes one and all. I can get eclectic, too – doing the occasional metal tune, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers Band, etc. Times change, though, and I’m not sure this description fits me anymore.

A person of considerable influence in my life recently described the tunes on my new solo CD as “Music of a New Era” and this feels right to me. Maybe it’s because I’m now working with infusing intention into my music, the results of which feel like something altogether my own, or more “me” than anything else I’ve created musically. After studying under Grammy-nominated Sound Master Jonathan Goldman, I feel I’ve discovered a whole new way of working with music and sound, to the point where one of my sidelines involves working with sound in a healing capacity. I call it Sonic Reiki.

As performances and venues go, I was proud to perform, as part of Voxology, at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and to open for such renowned acts as Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Alison Brown Quartet. I’ve enjoyed playing numerous gigs at colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Penn State and Cornell, to name a few, and just about every festival a stick can be shaken at from Arkansas to New York, such as Ohio’s Funk-N-Groove Music Spectacular, Spoutwood Farm’s Fairie Festival and Harrisburg’s Kipona Arts Festival.

As for bragging rights, I have a nice collection of awards from the Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, MD, having won first place in the Male Vocal and Old-Time Banjo contests and four first place prizes in the Guitar competition. Another pride and joy of mine is the Neidig Guitar Studio, established 17 years ago in Mechanicsburg, PA, where I teach guitar and mandolin to a roster of talented and inspiring students.

Lyrics

Man Who Saved the World

Written By: Kevin Neidig

Where were you when your first bullet made its mark?
Did you fall to your knees and pray?
Did you thank God that it was he and not you?
Or wish it were the other way?

How did it feel to save your friends?
To know that they’ve got your back
Did you think about what it was like at home?
Or did the past just fade to black?

Mud and blood, moon and stars
Just try to make it through the day
Oh, the man who lived and saved the world
Doesn’t deserve to die this way.

Did you leave that fight satisfied?
Was it all that you could bear?
Did the smoke rise to meet your gaze
Leaving its mark that you were there

Stars and plaques and slaps on the back
Toasts cheers and cries
The one who would’ve murdered the world
From you has met his demise

Mud and blood, moon and stars
Just try to make it through the day
Oh, the man who lived and saved the world
Doesn’t deserve to die this way.

The years rolled by on an on
Now it’s hard to walk or speak
This chair rolls around a memory
More and more, with time, get weak

Bring me light bring me strength
I want my youth that conquered sin
If heaven should wait for its heroes
I pray to God to let them in

Mud and blood, moon and stars
Just try to make it through the day
Oh, the man who lived and saved the world
Doesn’t deserve to die this way.

Clouds are Pushed by the Wind

Written By: Kevin Neidig

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been down this road
Picking up the pieces, carrying a heavy load
My thoughts always tumble back to the day before yesterday
How much am I worth, how much am I gonna pay?

I see the sun shining down on me with a gloomy grin
Moon says you better get ready were going to be doin’ it again
The cycle just goes round and round carrying me on its happy way
Gotta pull myself out of this river, like a thought that won’t go away

Let the current take you, they say, like a reed in the wind
The universe will guide you on a tour with no end
Well that doesn’t work for me, destiny or what’s meant to be
Clouds are pushed by the wind, what is pushing me?

What do I choose for my life, how do I choose to live?
In a complex tangle of entropy being strained through a sieve
Get up, get up where is your self-respect?
What is this worth to you on a globe that appears to be shipwrecked?

Bridge:
I’m going to choose I’m going to decide
With the power vested in me I won’t divide

Easy to be Beautiful

Written By: Kevin Neidig

She tells me that my body’s beautiful
She tells me that my heart is kind
She tells me I’m from another place
Nothing short of divine

It’s so easy, with her, to be beautiful
When she calls you Love by name
It’s so easy to be wonderful
In perfect love that will remain

Have you been told that you are beautiful?
Have you been told that you are kind?
Have you been told you are perfect?
That you are by design?

It’s so easy, with her, to be beautiful
When she calls you Love by name
It’s so easy to be wonderful
In perfect love that will remain

Maybe we need to find out for ourselves
Maybe we need to be told
Maybe it’s a peace that comes over us,
In a solitude when we’re bold

One thing I can tell you
When you find out your true name
Your beauty will outshine the sun
Like the sun outshines the flame

It’s so easy, with her, to be beautiful
When she calls you Love by name
It’s so easy to be wonderful
In perfect love that will remain

All I Have

Written By: Kevin Neidig

all i have

A cry out for order then I crossed the border
A mistake I’m not wanting to find
Well it’s one for the road and one for tomorrow
And one for what I’m leaving behind

Afraid to kill time for what I might find
An empty space where there’s nothing but me
In a void of confusion I’d settle for delusion
Take me away I want nothing that’s mine

The arrows of time may reassemble me
Fix what may lie in the past
Tear off my tears reverse what is real
But this addiction is all I have
This addiction is all I have

I cry out for love and I out for misery
I cry out for joy through the pain
Whether it’s me that’s been shifted or a veil that’s been lifted
I gain clarity or am I insane?

The arrows of time may reassemble me
Fix what may lie in the past
Tear off my tears reverse what is real
But this addiction is all I have
This addiction is all I have

I’ve fought long and I fought hard and just ended up scarred
Surprised that I am still here
I am tired, I’m hungry and I need to be fed
And what does it all mean? What does it all mean?

The arrows of time may reassemble me
Fix what may lie in the past
Tear off my tears reverse what is real
But this addiction is all I have
This addiction is all I have

It's Only Me

Written By: Kevin Neidig

You know it was just like you to leave me hanging
In the darkness even though there was light
I’ve seen you time and time hit the ceiling
And you wonder why it ends in fight
And I step back and look at the situation
And there’s something there I need to see…

It’s only me
There was no you
I need to see
See through 2x

Oh The reasons I don’t wanna seek tomorrow
Are the same reasons I can’t live with the past
And it seems like you got me stuck in a corner
If I could only see what lies behind your mask
And I step back and look at the situation
And there’s something there I need to see…

It’s only me
There was no you
I need to see
See through 2x

I can’t feel you
I can’t see you without looking at myself oh oh
I can’t heal you
I can’t be you
But I believe you got to know yourself oh oh

And I feel like I’ve been forced a failing offer
Stuck in a place where I was put in your grasp
I had no say in the rhyme or reason
Or in how long that this pain is gonna last
And now I step back and look at the situation
And there’s something there that I didn’t see
But now I see…

It’s only me
There was no you
I need to see
See through 2x

Discography

Kevin Neidig - The Long Road 2018

Kevin Neidig - Only Me 2010

Kevin Neidig - In Lak'ech' 2008

Kevin Neidig—Abstract and to the Point 2006
Kevin Neidig—Color Breathing Meditation 2005
Kevin Neidig—Yahweh Meditation 2005
Voxology—Someday Soon 2003
Voxology—Under the Covers 2001
Voxology—Voxology 1999
Junk—Grab your Junk 1997
Inursha—Uncalibrated Parameters 1996
Inursha—No patience at 95 Degrees 1994

Set List

Back Porch Evolution - Retro-progressive Fusion.
Hand-hewned tunes, impeccably crafted - suffused with purity and passion, wit and whimsy - by turns infectiously exuberant and spiritually evocative.

Partial Original List -
Clouds are pushed by the wind
Carry me
For me to ask
First impressions
Starting a new way
Shores of dream
Ghosts
The tarrying
Her spirit flies
It’s easy to be beautiful
Brack attack
Swingin’ Johnny
I’m gonna love
Man Who Saved the world
Moon
Full Pardons
Save Jesus
All I have
It's only me

Some covered artists -
Foo Fighters, Darrell Scott, Tim O'brien, New Grass Revival, Allman Brothers, Bon Jovi, Five for Fighting, Black Sabbath, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Peter Rowan, Damien Rice, Jeff Black, Coldplay, Elton John, Lyle Lovett, Martin Sexton, Gordon Lightfoot, Bill Withers, Nickel Creek, Jamie Hartford, Three Dog Night, Ray Lamontagne, Carbon Leaf, Death Cab for Cutie, Daughtry,