The Vanguard and Bros. Houligan Presents...
Emily Kinney - Same Mistakes Tour
222 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK, 74103
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
Emily Kinney is a little too old to be daydreaming in the back of a classroom, soaked in unrequited
love for a guitar player in a pop punk band she used to watch on MTV, but on Oh, Jonathan,
Kinneyâs upcoming release, she just canât seem to help herself.
Itâs been a couple years since Kinneyâs last album, âThis is Warâ and sheâs been using the time
both professionally, in acting and music, and personally to mature and explore.
In acting, Kinneyâs transitioned from her young role as Beth Greene on AMCâs hit tv show âThe
Walking Dead,â where her music and singing were often featured, to more mature roles in shows
like Masters of Sex, Ten Days in the Valley, and to her current gig as an emotional, tenacious
mother of a young girl battling cancer in the upcoming Netflix series Messiah.
In music and life, Kinneyâs path to adulthood has been a little less straightforward. âAfter I got done
touring with This is War, I was tired from traveling so much. There were a lot of opportunities
coming off of The Walking Dead, and I started to feel a little like I was on a hamster wheel and not
always making the best creative choices, I was just saying yes to whatever opportunities came my
way. There was also a lot to learn about the music business. I often felt in the dark making
decisions. I wanted transparency. Then, my little sister, whoâs seven years younger than me got
married, and I started to notice the gray in my Dadâs hair. Even though I had been traveling the
world and doing all these things, I felt like I was the one who was stunted.â
You can hear Emilyâs plea for adulthood in one track on the album, âPopsicles.â
âI knew I needed to see my family more. I knew I needed a change of direction with my music and
a rest. Time was going by a little too fast.
Kinney had always moved at full speed. Heading to NYC from Nebraska at just 19 to pursue a
career in music and acting. She started going to auditions she found online and in âBackstageâ and
would sing back-up for a couple singer-songwriters at places like Rockwood Music Hall, and the
now closed Park Slope spot Bar 4. But it wasnât until she booked âSpring Awakening,â her
Broadway debut in 2008, that Kinney felt confident to start sharing her own poems and songs
which turned into her first EP, Blue Toothbrush, produced by Rod Stewart bassist Conrad Korsch.
As Kinneyâs acting career progressed, the audience for her music also grew and she continued to
release music: a 9 song EP, Expired Love, debut album This is War and a single on 7inch vinyl,
Back on Love.
âI started working out of NYC a lot. I would come back to the city for just a couple days and it was
great but I had changed and I didnât feel it fit me the same way it used to. My favorite restaurants or
bars closed. It was new bands I didnât know playing at Rockwood. I had some close friends move
to LA, so after tour I got an apartment and moved from NYC to LA too.â
After a long Christmas break in Brush, Colorado listening to Cage the Elephantâs Me talk Pretty and
Less in her parents attic on repeat, Kinney returned to LA with new goals for her music and for her
romantic life. âI really wanted to find a steady boyfriend, someone who could be a partner and I
really wanted a major label record deal. Unfortunately, I didnât get either. But I did keep moving. I
left my management company, I took a bunch of meetings, I tried out songs with different
producers, and I did writing sessions with anyoneâŠ.But I kept coming back to Ben from one of
those first exploratory sessions,(Ben Greenspan, producer), so finally, I just stuck with him. Heâs
amazing. I can be myself and i just really trust his taste.â
Likewise, Kinney explains that she didnât set out to make a whole album all about one relationship,
but it just kept coming back around. âAt first, I thought Okay fine, Iâll make an EP called Jonathan,
but I donât want toâŠ.But they were always the best songs and this person just keeps coming up in
my writing and in my life! No matter how hard I tried at new relationships, I just couldnât seem to
Kinneyâs breakthrough and forward momentum came to fruition with the creation of âMermaid
Song,â which she first released last fall via AWAL. âWhen I wrote that song, I suddenly felt a lot of
freedom. I had been sending songs to managers and labels to get notes as I finished them, but
with âMermaid Song,â I truly didnât care what anyone else thought. I loved the way it sounded. The
synths that you hear became the sonic landscape and starting point for the whole record. Ben and
I had just made the coolest song, and I had such a great response from fans. I stopped fighting
making âOh Jonathan,â and felt motivated to get it out in the world. I realized I didnât need
anyoneâs permission to put out the record or to legitimize my song-writing ability. I had stories and
fans waiting to hear them. I could just do my own thing.â
As for Kinneyâs romantic goals, you learn all about her hot-and-cold failed attempt at love with a
rocker named Jon by listening to the record.
âBut I donât think this album is about Jon.â Kinney protests, âI always feel a song is more about the
person who wrote it. Itâs my experience. One-sided and unfair. Iâm not always a perfectly nice
person. I can be a fan-girl, and emotional, and I can fall in love with people who donât love me back.
My imagination runs away with itself. Iâm not always a grown-up, but I think by the end of the
record, Iâve grown. Iâve learned to move on, but I guess Iâve also learned to take my time.â
Paul storyâs is the triumphant Modern Hearts, an album bursting with anthemic hooks,
majestically textured alt-rock, tinges of Southern soul, literate introspection, and profound redemption.
Previously, Paulâs broadly resonant musicality garnered him international acclaim and coverage from
the likes of Rolling Stone, Billboard, MTV, etc., and enabled him to share the stage with a diverse
array of classic and current icons. Select performance highlights include sharing the stage with artists
such as Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Crosby, Stills, & Nash, Zac Brown, Hanson, Father John Misty,
Emmylou Harris, and appearing at festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, Live On the Green, and
Hangout Festival and performing on nationally televised shows like âGood Morning Americaâ, âNBCâs
Parenthoodâ, âAmerican Idolâ, and âThe Tonight Show.â
It could be said that Modern Hearts is a breakup record documenting spiritual and artistic
uplift. The 14-track body of work represents a full-spectrum of emotions, from soulful and sorrowful
tracks, to invigorating new-life anthems, to meditative mid-tempo numbers.
Modern Hearts was produced by Jordan Lehning (Rodney Crowell, Andrew Combs), and
features an all star cast of studio musicians whose resumes include Cage The Elephant, James Bay,
Shawn Mendes, Maren Morris, Nikki Lane, and Kacey Musgraves, among others. The album was
tracked with ace musicians playing in real time with sympathetic band interplay at the vibey Echo
Mountain Studios in Asheville, NC (Band Of Horses, Avett Brothers). Additional recording took place
at Sound Emporium Studios (Jason Isbell, Alabama Shakes) in Nashville, TN.