King's Highway
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King's Highway

Hoboken, New Jersey, United States | SELF

Hoboken, New Jersey, United States | SELF
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Debut Album - Self titled (kings highway) august 14th 2010




Kings Highway is a 4-piece rock band based in central New Jersey. The band is now playing in New York and New Jersey and has recently become the house band at the legendary Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ.

Singer Jeff Pilgrim and drummer Cory Pedalino have been playing music together since 2005, where they were housemates at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ. The two have played hundreds of shows together and formed what would become the backbone of Kings Highway. Their rock and roll chemistry and improvisational jamming is the basis for the live Kings Highway experience. The friends played with many combinations of musicians up until the summer of 2008.

This is when Jeff moved to Hoboken, NJ and began writing songs and attending singer/songwriter nights hosted by some of the best musicians in the area. Accomplished blues artists such as Christine Santelli and Arthur Neilson were regulars at these Sunday night events. This is where Jeff met lead guitarist Kevin Gormley, who was playing the role of singer/songwriter at the time also. Kevin had recently moved to Hoboken from Belfast, Ireland. The two became friends while writing and performing songs on a weekly basis. When Jeff was offered to host a Wednesday night acoustic show, he asked Kevin to join him. When the two got together to practice a few songs, Jeff knew he had found his lead guitarist. Kevin’s blues/rock background meshed perfectly with the acoustic sincerity of Jeff’s songwriting. It wasn’t long before Jeff introduced Kevin to Cory.

The rock threesome began playing gigs after only jamming together for a few weeks. They were playing familiar venues in Highlands, NJ, where Jeff and Cory had played before with their previous bands. But there was a new buzz going on about the group with the addition of Kevin on lead guitar. Their music began to shift from acoustic rock to up-tempo rock and roll. The three were gelling and significantly improving at their respective instruments. After drumming for over 16 years, Cory sought out formal training from different experts, including Tomorrow’s Bad Seed’s drummer, Pat Salmon. Cory’s new drumming style began to guide the Kings Highway sound in a more dynamic direction. All that was missing was a bassist.

The threesome jammed with a few different bassists but could not find anything permanent. Jeff’s long time friend, Mike Gambino, offered to stand in on bass for any gigs that they had. Aside from teaching Jeff how to play guitar in High School, Mike was the drummer for his own band in college, which he still played for at this point. After a few months of playing in both bands, Mike had a falling out with his previous band, and became the full time bassist for Kings Highway. After starting with guitar, then mastering drums, Mike picked up bass like he had been playing it all along. Once the band had Mike’s full attention, they took off. Jamming constantly and writing new songs became their life. Transforming Jeff’s acoustic songs into full-blown rock and roll seemed to come with ease.

The Kings Highway sound comes from a combination of Jeff’s singer/songwriter style, Mike’s smooth bass lines, Cory’s up-beat rock influence, and Kevin’s blazing, in-your-face guitar solos.

The Kings Highway following spreads from the Jersey shore up to Hoboken and New York City. On Saturday August 14th, 2010, Kings Highway held the release of their self-titled debut album at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. The same night, they were offered the job as house band at the Stone Pony starting Thursday September 9th. The band is now seeking full time management and record label partnership.