Rick Kennedy

Rick Kennedy

 Berlin, Maryland, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Rootsy folk/country/rock blend: some a bit more country, others rock or folk in a style developed over years experimenting w/ stringed instruments, my own peculiar voice & harmonica. The music is close to home: stories &observations-a diverse mix that somehow all fits, coming alive in performanc

Biography

A rootsy blend of folk, country and rock—sometimes a little more country, some a little more folk & some a little more rock in a style developed over years of experimentation w/ stringed instruments, my own peculiar voice & harmonica. The music is close to home—stories as well as observations, a diverse mix that somehow all fits & comes alive in performance. Original songs & video recipients of growing lists of awards--radio airplay 20+ stations US & Europe, Cable TV artist showcase, indep cable network featured performer. A member of popular regional bands in Ohio (Eli Radish, Buckeye Buckeroos), Colorado (Airborn, Emerson Biggins) & for the David Alan Coe band, Kennedy has toured and traveled, sometimes with band and sometimes on a personal journey, capturing all in his compositions. Most recently performing at music festivals & smaller intimate venues, the music he plays is his own, whether originals or unique covers.

TV/Video: The Speaking Sand featuring "All Havin' Fun on DelMarVa" , "I Can't Go Anywhere" music Video, Pat Henry's Transitions, Season 3(2008/9), Cable Emerging Artist (hour long music and interview)

Festivals: New Jersey Folk Festival, Cape May Singer/Songwriter, Berlin Fiddler's Convention, UNICITY Festival, PCVOLK (VA), MEANY (NYC), Berlin Town Fair (MD), Steamtown Showcase (PA), Marva Original Music (MD), Les Vignes D'Or, Musician’s Picnic (LA) Strawberry Days (Carbondale CO), Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival--Florabama Jam.

Radio Airplay:
USA: WJFN , FM102x , Earl Clifton Podcast, Songwriter’s Network,,REDDOG RADIO,
Banana Peel Radio,AFC Radio, BandRadio Streaming Radio ,Indie104, iRadio LA, Outbound Radio: Country Channel , Underworld Mix Radio Pongid Radio, Desert Highway Radio , VeTunes ,Mvyradio.com , Dr. Lou Radio Show
Europe: Midnight Special Blues Radio, Radio Goldenflash ,Altcountry

Kennedy, solo & bands, has opened for many, including: Bob Seger, Hot Tuna, Canned Heat, Alice Cooper, Pure Prairie League, Dr. Hook, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Mayall, Steve Goodman, David Crosby, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Rick Danko, Dr. John and Shanana.

Large Venues: Cleveland’s Agora Theater, Cincinnati’s Taft Auditorium, Ludlow’s Garage, Lakefront Park, the Indianapolis Arena, Nashville’s Broadway Barn, Studio in the Rockies, The Ford Amphitheater and the Blossom Music Amphitheater.

Lyrics

I Can't Go Anywhere

Written By: Rick Kennedy

I Can’t Go Anywhere

A fog was rolling over my mind one sunny day
I thought I could put one over, but I got a little carried away
I got into the whiskey, I got into the wine
I got into a bad frame and I thought about taking a ride

Now I can go to Georgia and I can go to Maine
I can go to Michigan and I can go insane
And I can go to Boston and Colorado, too
But I can’t go anywhere without thinking of you
Without thinking of you

I thought about the days when I was on my own
I traveled around the country and I’d never even think of home
I guess those days are over, cause I know I found my place
Ever since the first time that I laid eyes on your face

And I can go to Georgia and I can go to Maine
I can go to Michigan and I can go insane
And I can go to Boston and Colorado, too
But I can’t go anywhere without thinking of you
Without thinking of you
Without thinking of you
Without thinking of you

A fog was rolling over, my mind one sunny day…

Beggar at Your Door

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Beggar at Your Door

When I first came as a friend with no more than help to lend
You thought everything we did was really fine
We’d spend time at rhyme and verse
Never mattered who was first
There was nothing that we could not do in time

And it seemed when we began to realize what we can
The path we’d chosen didn’t have a heart
So we struggled with our lives
Our hearts choked with pride
And in the end the battle carried us apart

Chorus
But don’t leave me like a beggar at your door
I’m so sorry that I couldn’t give you more
Don’t leave me like a beggar at your door
Cause every time I hear the train I go riding down again

Now I know you well my love, you’re the stuff dreams are made of
You know I couldn’t love you any more
But when fate will take its course
You would leave me here of course
Crying like a beggar at your door

Chorus
But don’t leave me like a beggar at your door
I’m just sorry that I couldn’t give you more
Don’t leave me like a beggar at your door
Cause every time I hear the train I go riding down again
And every time I hear the train I go riding down again
I’m down again

Fighting Over Nothing

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Fighting Over Nothing

The whiskey bottle smashed on my head
Woke up one morning I was lying in bed
Oh tell me honey what deed I done
You crazy boy you fought someone
But you was knocked right down with a bottle to the ground
And your best friend he carried you home

And you was fighting over nothing
I got to tell you something
Fighting over nothing can’t you see
That I can’t be your lady, would only drive you crazy
I just want to leave and be free

Woke up one morning I was lying in jail
I asked the sheriff how did I get there
You crazy boy you got your gun
Drank too much whiskey and you shot someone
And you been there but you been caught
Shoot your friend you shot
Yeah you’ll be here for some time now

But you were fighting over nothing
Got to tell you something
Fighting over nothing can’t you see
That she just ain’t your lady
She only drove you crazy
So why, why can’t you see

The judge said son I hear abide,
Think I’m gonna have to let you die
And meet your maker up in the sky
Nobody laughed, nobody cried
And my blood ran cold I felt twice as old
I guess it didn’t matter to me

Cause I’ll be fighting over nothing
I got to tell you something
Fighting over nothing can’t you see
It’s a lesson I was learning while my soul was turning
But it’t too late, too late for me

Battered and Blue

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Battered and Blue

Sometimes I feel like an old steering wheel
Been turned around so many times
That I don’t know what is real
If I ever find that road that will let me lose my load
I’ll follow that old highway like a friend I’ve always known
That long winding highway like to bring me to my knees
Got one light in the ditches and the other’s in the trees
Still I seem to find a way cross another rocky lane
As if I’d always known that there is no way round the bend

I’m battered and blue like an old dodge I knew
Have trouble getting started, I been stuck a time or two
There’s dents on ever corner man
I guess I paid my dues
I’m battered and blue, I’m battered and blue

I’m so stitched and patched together I can barely hold my own
So far into the darkness that I’m at the break of dawn
So much like an old machine whose vital gears are worn
Can’t take back the miles I’ve gone and I need to be reborn

I’m battered and blue like an old dodge I knew
Have trouble getting started, I been stuck a time or two
There’s dents on ever corner man
I guess I paid my dues
I’m battered and blue, battered and blue
I’m battered and blue

We are One

Written By: Rick Kennedy

In the silence of the morning light
As the universe ducks out of sight
And an awesome world around you shows
All it’s secrets that still no-one knows
Many millions in our cities walk
Taking chances trying to beat the clock
While the other side of this old world
In the jungle night walks the jungle girl
And all the children are here beneath the same sun
And I just want to know if we are one

Well many people die before their time
Wars and accidents and bitter crime
And it doesn’t change as time goes by
Though the light is just before our eyes
And all the children are here beneath the same sun
Oh I just want to know if we are one

Yeah the world grows closer day by day
There’s no room to move to anymore
We have run as far as we can go
We must turn and open up the doors
And all the children are here beneath the same sun
Oh I just want to know if we are one
Well darlin' goes to show...
That we are one

© Rick Kennedy

Back in the Country

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Back in the Country

Well I was heading down old highway 1
Looking to and fro
Came upon a lady in distress
Well I tried to pull her out
But she almost pulled me in
I guess running is the thing that I do best

Here I am, back in the country
Here I am, back on the road
Here I am, singing in a country song
I’m learning things I thought I’d always known

Well I beat my fender senseless
I can’t see through the glass
Kick my tires when I throw a fit
I’m a fussin’ and cussin’
And I feel so all alone
Good Lord I just can’t make no sense of it

Here I am, back in the country
Here I am, back on the road
Here I am, singing in a country song
I’m learning things I thought I’d always known

Well I guess you’d say its crazy
What could be the sense?
Traveling alone around the world
Well those mountains and those rivers
They’re enough to have to cross
Without having you cross my mind a little girl

Here I am, back in the country
Here I am, back on the road
Here I am, singing in a country song
I’m learning things I thought I’d always known
Hey I’m a doing things thought I’d always been told
I’m learning things I thought I’d always known

© Rick Kennedy

Desperation Raindance

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Desperation Rain Dance

If you stand next to the stranger
With his back up against the wall
You can feel his nerve ends breaking
As he tries to make his call
To a lady who has left him
And is trying to get back home
One thin dime is all he has while searching for a phone

Well hello how are you doing
I’m okay last I heard
Don’t know what I’m doing yet honey
But things sure seem absurd
Those changes every single day
Turn my mind around
One day yes I’m leaving and the next I’m back in town

Chorus
I need a desperation rain dance for the forest of my mind
Maybe tomorrow the rain will come and ease up on the vine
Shadows singing, voices ringing, no-one’s left inside
And the water is the only thing that will get me through the night
And the water is the only thing that will get me through the night

I just thought I’d let you know
That I know I just don’t know
If I should stay or go
Or maybe I’ll dance through a window
For I thought I read the truth
On the wall of the john in a bar and it says
Whatever’s coming back to me must be coming from very far

Chorus
I need a desperation rain dance for the forest of my mind
Maybe tomorrow the rain will come and ease up on my mind
Shadows singing, voices ringing, no-one’s left inside
And the water is the only thing that will get me through the night
And the water is the only thing that will get me through the night

© Rick Kennedy

Ohio Morning

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Ohio Morning

Well the morning brought the birds a chirping, later a thunderstorm
All across the fresh green pasture the water is falling down
The good brown earth is freshly turned and soon the corn would grow
I wondered if I’d see the Fall again in Ohio

Well the nature’s great and the cities ain’t and I had been fenced in
All I had was an old road map to show me where I’d been
The radio played soft and low a sad old country song
About a man who lived alone and one day would be gone

Chorus
And he’d say good-bye to Ohio, the place he once called home
The life you’d shown him wasn’t bad there’s so much he hadn’t known
The good grand Ohio, there’s so much left unturned
And the wide old world of mysteries waiting to be learned

Now I have had the urge to go many a time before
Never did I quite intend to go like this before
It’s a bottle of beer and a kick in the rear might get me on the move
Like I said it ain’t been bad but it damn sure could improve

So on a great Ohio morning I want to take my leave
Cast my fate upon the wind and let my future be
It’s a journey, journey on and on we’ll hold to course unknown
Reckon now I’ll lower myself cause soon I will be gone

Chorus
And I’ll say good-bye to Ohio, the place I once called home
The life you’d showed me wasn’t bad there’s so much I hadn’t known
The good grand Ohio, there’s so much left unturned
And the wide old world of mysteries waiting to be learned
And the wide old world of mysteries waiting to be learned

© Rick Kennedy

Rich Man's Gold

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Rich Man’s Gold

A rich man’s gold or a poor man’s soul
What is the scale and measures pain
A story told or a dream gone cold
Footsteps leaving in the rain

Chorus
I been busted and I been broke
I was so down I couldn’t joke
But I been too proud to beg and afraid to stay
Seen the mountains and the ocean blue
Had love and a scuffle or two
And it seems I’'ve taken it all with a grain of sand

A candle light or a fire bright
Sometimes brought me to understand
The secret side etched upon my mind
And the simple things that people will demand

Chorus
I been busted and I been broke
I was so down I couldn’t joke
But I been too proud to beg and afraid to stay
Seen the mountains and the ocean blue
Had love and a scuffle or two
And it seems I’d taken it all with a grain of sand

© Rick Kennedy

Palm of Your Hand

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Palm of Your Hand

Why do we want
What we know we can’t have
And take more than we ever give
We want to be true
But she’s not there with you
And Lord knows you just want to live
Now you’re down at the bar at the hotel
Talking to someone you’ve met
And she just seems so nice
You don’t even think twice
‘Bout the hell that you’re bound to regret
So you give her a clear indication
Exactly what’s on your mind
Oh you’re looking for love
Every place you can
When it’s right in the palm of your hand

Well it’s just been a night
Since the most recent fight
And she’s across town with a friend
He seems so sincere
And he’s just so damn near
And she’s so sure it’s just got to end
So she gives him a clear indication
Exactly what’s on her mind
Well you’re looking for love
Every place you can
When it’s right in the palm of your hand
Well you’re looking for love
Looking for love
When it’s right in the palm of your hand

© Rick Kennedy

Shadows of Love

Written By: Rick Kennedy

Shadows of Love

Don’t want to live, don’t want to die
Don’t want to laugh, don’t want to cry
Don’t want to walk, don’t want to run
Don’t want to stand in the things I’ve done
Don’t want to live in the shadows of love

Don’t want to stay, don’t want to go
Don’t want to say half the things I know
Don’t want to touch, don’t want to feel
Why does it hurt, when it starts to heal
Don’t want to live in the shadows of love

Though I’ve been hurting I keep searching
Can’t seem to find it nowhere
Where is the truth that I’ve been reaching for
Where is the love that I can share

Don’t want to win, don’t want to lose
If I have known, would I still choose
Don’t want to live in the shadows of love

© Rick Kennedy

When You Wanna Go Home

Written By: Rick Kennedy

When You Wanna Go Home

When you wanna go home, boy
Then you better go home
If you wanna go home, boy
You better have a home
You gotta have a home, boy
When you wanna go home
If you wanna go home, boy
You gotta have a home

If you ain’t got love, boy
You gotta find some love
Cause you don’t get no love, boy
If you can’t give it up
You gotta get some love, boy
If you wanna find love
You’ll never get no love, boy
If you don’t give it up

When you wanna have fun, boy
You better have some fun
You ain’t gonna have fun boy
If you ain’t gotta have fun
You better have some fun boy
When you wanna have fun
You better be some fun boy
If you wanna have fun

© Rick Kennedy

It'll Be All Right

Written By: Rick Kennedy

It’ll Be All Right
It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
In a day or two
It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
When I hear from you

I’m waitin’ in the sunshine
I’m waitin’ in the moonshine
I’m waitin’ in the summer time
I’m waitin’ on you
I’m walkin’ down the highway
I’m sittin’ on a river bed
Sittin’ by the ocean side
I’m waitin on you

I worry about everything
Worry ‘till my ears ring
I’m really something
I’m so damn blue
Don’t need no hair cut
Just a good old pick-up truck
Come on let’s get stuck
I’m waitin’ on you

It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
In a day or two
It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
When I hear from you

I’m lookin’ out the window
I’m lookin’ at the wind blow
I’m lookin’ but you know
I’m lookin’ at you
I didn’t think that I’d find
No love of this kind
Ah but I did though
And I’m waitin’ on you

It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
In a day or two
It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right, It’ll be all right
When I hear from you

© Rick Kennedy

Discography

Airplay 20+ Radio Stations US/Europe, Indep Coffeehouse Network,
Featured artist 3rd season (08/09) 1hr Music Showcase-Comcast New England
All Havin' Fun on DelMarVa soundtrack in The Speaking Sand (rel 7/09)
When You Wanna Go Home (single-PETA compationism CD '09)
It'll Be All Right(single)--Cape May Compilation CD '09
When You Wanna Go Home (Full CD-Ranger Records '08)
From the Sublime to the Ridiculous (Full CC-Ranger Records'07)
I Can't Go Anywhere--single/video, (Comcast Cable '07)
Airborn LP (Yessir Records 1980)
Waiting to Hear From You/Ghost Writers in the Sky (Ranger Records 45)

Set List

Set list varies depending upon audience/setting. Includes my own original compositions and covers of americana, classic rock, country. Covers bring a distinctly personal style to each composition played. List of covered bands/songwriters include: The Band, the Beatles, Garth Brooks, Jackson Brown, Jimmy Buffet, Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, David Alan Coe, Creedence, Crosby Stills & Nash, John Denver, Bob Dylan, The Eagles, Elvis, Steve Goodman, Grateful Dead, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Chris Kristofferson, Little Feat, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Tom Petty, John Prine, Charlie Robeson, Rol.ling Stones, Bob Seger, Paul Simon, Bruce Springstein, George Strait, James Taylor, Travelling Wilburies, Jerry Jeff Walker, Hank Williams(Sr/JR), Neil Young, Warren Zevon.