Kim & Sharon

Kim & Sharon

 Brattleboro, Vermont, USA
DuoAmericanaFolk

KIM SHARON~ VT's phenomenal "Appalachian Americana" duo, Creative Spirit Award winners; known for Kim's resolute voice and guitar stylings, with Sharon's Weber mandolin playing, and unique original songs about dying, Greenville, firecrackers, letting go by hanging on, tractors, farms, waiting....

Biography

The Appalachian Americana sound of the sensational Kim & Sharon is the result of an unusual, accidental and unexpected collision of friendship, talent, health care and Townes Van Zandt.....

Kim DeCell and Sharon Levenson met in 2007 when Sharon started working as an RN at a psychiatric hospital in Vermont. Kim had been working there for years as a mental health worker, and had a habit of bringing his guitar to work to strum and sing for the patients. His amazing talent and unique vocals caught Sharon's attention, as did the healing effect his music had on the patients. One patient shared, "The best I ever feel is when Kim is playing his guitar and singing." As Kim and Sharon got to know each other and Kim discovered that Sharon loved music, he began to bring her CDs of original songs recorded in his home studio almost daily. She would find the CDs at the nurses station, lodged in the mirror of her car in the parking lot, or even on her windshield downtown! She was impressed with Kim's ability to craft beautiful melodies with heartfelt lyrics by sitting down in front of his recorder and pressing "Record" as he reflected on subject matter such as lost loves, chance meetings with exes in bars, time spent in prison. It was one of these recordings, "Stop On By," that changed everything for them.....Sharon played this original song for her brother Mark, who said "Wow, that guy is great. He reminds me of Townes Van Zandt." Subsequently Sharon shared this sentiment with Kim and they began to listen to the Van Zandt catalogue. Shortly thereafter they started experimenting with "No Lonesome Tune" with Kim on guitar and vocals and Sharon on mandolin and backing vocals. They employed Kim's signature "Press Record" and were stunned by the resulting unique, haunting arrangement. They sent a copy to Live 365 Radio and were immediately added to the play list of Dave's Indie Music Hall, and received the highest rating of any song in the history of the show! WEFT in Champaign, IL also added it to the play list. Energized by this sudden turn of attention and recognition, the duo composed "Letting Go By Hanging On", an emotional tribute to a friend who had died, which also received immediate radio play on both of these stations.

Kim's one-of-a-kind voice has become one of the main attractions of this collaboration. Andrew Jones said "Where did he come from? His voice is so resolute. I can feel the agony." The emotion emitted from the vocals, guitar and mandolin, in combination with their brilliant original lyrics, is palpable. Their powerful performances always leave the audiences demanding more.

This duo won Creative Spirit Awards for two original songs, "For Every Lover" and "Letting Go By Hanging On." The  feedback they received from the judges was "You two should be in Nashville."

Kim & Sharon are rapidly becoming festival favorites! They performed at a benefit gig in New Orleans during Jazz Fest 2011, which they organized in support of New Orleans Musicians Clinic, and were joined by Nashville songwriter Bud Tower on bass. The duo also opened the downtown portion of Roots On The River Festival 2011 in Bellows Falls, VT. They produced and performed at Flood Fest benefit concert in Wilmington, VT, which raised $4000 for the victims of Hurricane Irene, and featured special guest Chip Wilson from New Orleans. Additional festival appearances include Furays Folk Festival, Cape May Songwriter Festival, Readsboro Arts Festival, Make Music Harvard Square, Cambridge Music Festival, Music in the Hills, Blue Hawaiian Fest, and Vermont Music Festival.

Stay tuned for information about their upcoming CD release gigs........

 


 


 

 

 

 

 

 






Lyrics

Letting Go By Hanging On

Written By: Sharon Levenson and Kim DeCell

LETTING GO BY HANGING ON

I never wanted you to go away
But now you say you’re leaving on Sunday.
I promise I won’t put up a fight
If you promise to stay one more night.
Pretend you still want me until the dawn
Maybe I can let go by hanging on.
Pretend you still want me until the dawn
Maybe I can let go by hanging on.

I don’t plan on sleeping for a long time
I’ve got to find a way to keep you mine.
I promise that you won’t see me cry
If you promise not to let me die.
I don’t want you to want to be gone
I’ll try to let you go by hanging on.
I don’t want you to want to be gone
I’ll try to let you go by hanging on.

I want to live in the moment tonight
Live in that moment the rest of my life.
I promise you’ll only see me smile
If you promise to stay for a while.
I just don’t want you to really be gone
I’ll try to let you go by hanging on.
I just don’t want you to really be gone
I’ll try to let you go by hanging on.

I just don’t want to let you go
I want you to keep hanging on.

I just don’t want you to let go.
I want you to keep hanging on.

I never wanted you to go away……..

You Should Have Stayed Here Longer

Written By: Kim DeCell and Sharon Levenson

YOU SHOULD HAVE STAYED HERE LONGER

My days should begin and end with you
Didn’t you promise me you’d stay?
Maybe we can steal back in time,
And maybe have one extra day,
Have one extra day.

I thank you for giving me life
And thank you for bringing me home.
I don’t know how to have you gone,
This is worse than being alone,
This is worse than being alone.

CHORUS:
I keep thinking if I talk to you, I might,
I might find you.

I want your answer, I want to bring you,
I want to bring you back to me,

My life is so quiet now, I’m not ready
For the silence of you.

Don’t know why, why you’re gone,
You should have stayed here longer.
You should have stayed here longer.

Too Low To Fall

Written By: Sharon Levenson,Kim DeCell, Kim DeCell

TOO LOW TO FALL

I’m feeling so low down
There’s no room for me to fall.
I already fell once,
When I fell for you.
Now I’m so far down,
I’m right on the ground.
Will you find me?
Will you bring me back around?

I’m feeling so run down,
There’s no one to pick me up.
You fell for me once,
Please fall for me again.
Now I’m too far down,
To get up from the ground.
Can you find me?
Can you bring me back around?

I’m out here on my own,
Never thought I’d be alone.
I wish I hadn’t lied,
Wish I’d been true.
Now I’m lying down,
Wishing I was in the ground.
Please come find me.
Please come bring me back around.

I’m feeling so low down,
There’s no room for me to fall.
Will you find me?
Will you bring me back around?

Waiting To Miss You

Written By: Sharon Levenson,Kim DeCell, Kim DeCell

WAITING TO MISS YOU

You kept on saying, “Don’t hold on so tight”
But I couldn’t back away, you felt so right.
And I knew I couldn’t, hold you any less.
Being part of you, I was always at my best.

You kept on saying “I don’t stay around for long.”
But I wanted to find out if you were wrong.
I knew when I had you, right there next to me
That forever, you’re my favorite place to be.

CHORUS:
I already miss you, and you’re still right here.
I can see you next to me, through my tears.
My heart is breaking, while you’re on the run.
I’ve gotta wait to miss you, till you’re gone.
I’ve gotta wait to miss you, till you’re gone.

You keep on saying “I’m right here, don’t miss me now.”
But I’m trying to make you stay somehow.
I know I don’t want you out of my sight.
I still want you beside me day and night.

Now you’re saying “I’ll think of you everyday.”
But I’m thinking of how I can make you stay.
I know that this is gonna break my heart.
And I’m trying to wait to fall apart.

CHORUS:
I already miss you, and you’re still right here.
I can see you next to me, through my tears.
My heart is breaking, while you’re on the run.
I’ve gotta wait to miss you, till you’re gone.
I’ve gotta wait to miss you, till you’re gone.
I’m waiting to miss you as I’m falling apart.
I’m waiting to miss you as I’m falling apart.

Not Afraid Of Dying

Written By: Sharon Levenson

NOT AFRAID OF DYING
I already learned how to hurt
Don’t need to go any deeper
Just wanna lie here, light up a smoke
And pass it on over to you.

I don’t wanna let it matter
Knowing you won’t take me with you
I can’t love you if you’re gone
Don’t answer a question I can’t ask.

I’M ON MY WAY TO EVERYWHERE
WISHING I WAS GOING NOWHERE
I AM NOT AFRAID OF DYING
JUST AFRAID OF LIVING WITHOUT YOU.

So let’s smoke another cigarette
And try to vanish together
I’ll pretend it’s another day
Any one but the one you went away.

I’M ON MY WAY TO EVERYWHERE
WISHING I WAS GOING NOWHERE
I AM NOT AFRAID OF DYING
JUST AFRAID OF LIVING WITHOUT YOU.