Randy Thompson

The rolling hills and verdant valleys of Virginia's Piedmont region have provided a backdrop for some of our history's most turbulent and formative events and produced an uncommonly rich variety of compelling musical styles and voices, from blues to country to bluegrass and beyond. It's a heritage that Virginia-based singer/songwriter Randy Thompson intuitively understands and brings vividly to life. His work lovingly embraces the past even as it pulls it – kicking, picking, singing, rocking – all the way into the 21st Century.

With a Virginia bloodline that traces back to the early 1700s, Thompson, who resides in the small town of Clifton, Virginia, gives true meaning to the term "roots music." And like his musical antecedents, he tends to draw inspiration directly from his own experience, creating starkly drawn musical and lyrical pictures.

His 1998 debut, Wearin' Blue, garnered widespread critical raves, while his 2004 sophomore release 'That's Not Me' generated significant national and international airplay, debuting at No. 1 on the European Hotdisc Radio chart and reaching top 40 on national Americana, Country, and Roots Rock charts. AboutCountry.com, among others, listed 'That's Not Me' as one of the top 10 releases of 2004.

It was the release of the album 'Further On' in 2008 that took Thompson's artistry to a whole new level. The positive reviews were staggering. Brian Ahern from Country Music UK said, "for me, this is the very essence of what country music is all about…. Through Randy Thompson and Further On country music has done it again". It was picked up by XM/Sirius and many hundreds of radio stations, both Americana and Country, all over the US, Europe and Australia and spawned three more top 5 Hotdisc singles. The album opened many new doors for the artist including, European tours, national television, a movie soundtrack appearance, and an NPR radio special.

2012's 'Collected' released in the US and Europe in January is a compilation of 15 tracks recorded over the last 13 years. It includes 3 newly released tracks, a 2011 single, and 11 others taken form all three top 40 Americana releases. The album includes 8 International Hotdisc top 10 singles and a top 40 American country single 'Sound Of The Rain'. Nashville's John Lomax 3rd said the album "cuts and slices the stuff Nashville has been issuing into little tiny pieces". It reached the top 10 on the Route 66 chart and top 20 on FAR chart, Roots Music Report as well as Euro Americana chart.
Country Music People and Outlaw Magazine among others called 'Collected' one of the top 10 albums of 2012. Jerome Clark of Rambles.Net stated "if you are wondering what 21st-century country music should be like, look no farther".

The Randy Thompson Band is on the road in 2013 turning out shows that are continuing to build an unstoppable momentum. Tour dates for the year include the US, Norway, Switzerland, France and The UK. The Washington Post said of a recent performance, 'He can really put it across in a live setting with undeniable confidence….a compelling performer".

Forged on the road and carved from hard-lived experience the artist himself, is naturally resistant to pigeonholes. Call it country, call it roots music, call it Americana; in the end it's the sound of Randy Thompson, raw and real. It's the sound of an artist who knows where he comes from and where he stands. It's the sound of the Virginia hills, of war and peace and love and fear. Randy Thompson's music is the simple,sometimes sad, beautiful sound of the truth.

© 2013 Randy Thompson

Dave Kitchen Band

Why does
David Kitchen
attract so much attention? Is it the revelation that the lanky
rocker is such a shocking powerhouse of music? Or the way his wistfulness, delivered
with a sly grin, disarms even the most cynical listener? Maybe we just like the way his
infectious hooks and grooves make us forget why we’re blue.
The frequent comparisons to Buddy Hollly and Paul McCartney are just two ways
of saying that indeed, there is something here for everyone. At closer inspection though,
Kitchen’s tunes find miraculous ways of celebrating life’s imperfections. He leads by
example, describing our difficult times with his energetic, melody driven sound.
In recent years, you might have found Kitchen in the DC area thrashing around the
stage of IOTA with his current stellar band or maybe leading pre-rock revivalist group
American Song. He could have been singing jazz with The Cutaways or rocking at An
nandale VA’s legendary roadhouse The Sunset Grille with The Thrillbillys. Perhaps you
witnessed a nugget of David’s charismatic personality at The Barns of Wolftrap paying
tribute to another artist like Warren Zevon or Nick Lowe. Still, while all of these well
received projects were fragmenting his busy career, his audiences were anxiously wait
ing for Kitchen to focus on his own story and let his songwriting come to the forefront.
This longing is over as David Kitchen gratifies his loyal follow
ing and inevitably attracts new fans with with his five song solo
release and calling card to the world,
www.davidkitchen.net • david@davidkitchen.net • 703.577.8249
“dizzyingly catchy”
“...a knack for writing clean pop driven rock with just
enough soul and grit”

Cool and smart with heart and soul--the way pop music should be.”

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