VIKESH KAPOOR
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"....in order to create a piece of intellectual, poetic tradition one must come to terms with both who they are and what they have learned along the long, hard path. Kapoor’s feet are on their way to becoming tough and leathery and we’re lucky enough to catch him so soon."

"Just as important as the individual tales, the whole EP is a coherent, imaginative collection of songs that describe a shared need for honest human connection."

"Truly, Vikesh Kapoor’s poetry is the most obvious talent"

"Kapoor hits what I consider to be a masterpiece, “Willy Robbins.” A traditional folk tale (no chorus, just the adamant painting of a harrowing picture). He sings lines like “then like many working men, he’d shower, watch TV.” and their gravity is unreal. It is truly brilliant."

-Akhil Bhatt

Read the full review at:

http://indiemuse.com/2008/09/08/song-of-the-day-9808/ - indiemuse.com


[....] "Raised by immigrant parents who left a poor part of India, Kapoor is a firm believer in the American dream. At the suggestion that his songs transport to old-time Appalachia, Kapoor takes out his guitar and says, "Open your ears a little bit and understand." Folk music has always been about making old songs new." [....] - Neil Mirochnick

Full write- up at: http://www.weeklydig.com/%5Bcatpath%5D/200909/vikesh-kapoor - The Weekly Dig


"....Kapoor is no gimmick; he is a true folk aficionado whose music references traditionalists like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger. His fiery performances have inspired a frenzy of hooting and hollering at house shows, communal foot stomping at P.A.’s Lounge and even captured the attention of Josh Ritter, for whom he played in a moonlit alley outside Club Passim."

Read full write up:
http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/collegemusic/boston-bu/college-town-profile/bands.jsp
- Billboard.com


"Wise beyond his young years and even younger career"

Jan 30, 2009 - The Portland Phoenix


"His verses attach themselves seamlessly" -Michael Brodeur

Full write-up:
http://thephoenix.com/Boston/Music/76060-Folk-yeah/

- The Boston Phoenix


"At first glance Kapoor - skinny dude in flannel shirt with a harmonica, guitar, and fedora, looks like the second coming of iconic troubadour Woody Guthrie.
And when he opens his mouth, you think he just might be. The local singer-songwriter sounds familiar with singing spare folk songs that are deeply personal." - James Reed

Read blurb:
http://calendar.boston.com/cambridge-ma/events/show/86162631-vikesh-kapoor
- The Boston Globe


"Kapoor was the unifying grace of the evening, playing middle ground to the ages represented in the previous acts. He took the old and spoke it as new."

"His songs moved from delicate finger pickings to jangly ballads and his voice sounded like a lost art." -Nick Curran


Full show review: http://bostonist.com/2009/02/13/otherside-of-bear-folk.php?gallery0Pic=5#gallery - Bostonist.com


"Down by the River," the second track off Vikesh Kapoor's debut EP On the Tail of a White Donkey, Kapoor borrows the refrain "Fare thee well, my honey, fare thee well" from the traditional "Dink's Song," first recorded by John and Alan Lomax and best known by recordings from Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan. Both of these artists are obviously huge influences for Kapoor, who plays traditionalist story-song folk, with acoustic guitar and harmonica, occasionally backed by soft banjo or fiddle. "Willy Robbins," personalizes and politicizes a newspaper story about a poor day laborer, "the hardest workin' fellow in town," much as Dylan did in early songs like "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll," and shows Kapoor to be a wonderfully talented songwriter. "One Woman Man," with its beautiful fiddle lines, adds hope that Kapoor's music will become a much richer project. I expect many good things from him in the coming year.

Read the interview in full at:
www.splicetoday.com/music/interview-vikesh-kapoor - splicetoday.com


A name like Vikesh Kapoor is likely to spark a particular sonic association: the music of an exotic culture, far removed from American roots. If nothing else, traditional folk maestro Kapoor, who hails from rural Pennsylvania, offers a righteous lesson that things aren't always as they seem.

Lucky for listeners, he also offers a pure and poignant strain of folk. Inspired by the likes of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Kapoor is keeping it real and old-school in a landscape of ever-mutating folk, as evidenced on his richly narrative debut EP "On the Tail of a White Donkey."

Read full-write up at:
http://www.boston.com/thingstodo/gotoit/2009/01/getting_folky.html
- The Boston Globe


"Through a fictional story about a town whose news press has broken, Kapoor muses on media's societal influence and the frightening power of propaganda. With a laid-back yet precise delivery, Kapoor navigates effortlessly through lyrical nuggets such as "The mayor slumps up on his soapbox and looks to his scuffed black boots/ He knows his megaphone is plugged with slogans he never understood." On the less lofty, yet equally gorgeous "Oh, Siv," Kapoor visits well-traveled girl-leaves-boy territory without sounding trite or disingenuous. Rounding off this impressive little 7" is a wonderful cover of the popular standard "Mack The Knife." Kapoor's future as a songwriter is bright, and Newspress Scare is merely a glimpse into his potential."


Read here:
http://www.thankscaptainobvious.net/2010/01/vikesh-kapoor.html - Captain Obvious "You Should Know"


Discography

- THE BALLAD OF WILLY ROBBINS (LP) -
Released October 2013
via Mama Bird Recording Co.

Featured in:
The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Interview Magazine, American Songwriter, Bullett Magazine and AllMusic.

First single "I Dreamt Blues" currently playing on:
KEXP, WXPN, OPB

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Bio

Following a spur-of-the-moment cross-country trip with a pair of fiery European girls, Vikesh Kapoor left school for a brief yet inspiring stint as a mason’s apprentice. The America he had previously known resided narrowly between his childhood home in rural Pennsylvania and the New England university he left home for. Alongside his parents’ own immigrant struggles, these experiences quickly witnessed Kapoor to the scope of the American dream.

A few years later, Kapoor performed at Howard Zinn’s memorial service in Boston, in front of Zinn’s family and colleagues (including Noam Chomsky). Roused by Zinn’s lifelong battle against class/race injustice, Kapoor spent the next two years in Portland, Oregon working on his full-length debut record. The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, a concept album loosely based on a newspaper article, chronicles the brutal but hopeful story of a working class man who slowly loses everything: ambitions, health, family and shelter. It’s a worker’s tale, less specific to the blue-collar life as it is about anyone struggling to make something of themselves.

The Ballad Of Willy Robbins, out October 15th via Mama Bird Recording Co., was co-produced by Adam Selzer (M. Ward) and features Nate Query (Decemberists, Black Prairie), Jeff Ratner (Langhorne Slim) and Birger Olsen (Denver).