In 1995, he formed John Brown's Body, and served as the band's frontman and primary songwriter for the next 10 years. During Kevin's tenure, John Brown's Body released five albums (on Shanachie, Easy Star and I-Town Records), toured relentlessly and grew to international acclaim. The Village Voice declared John Brown's Body "a rare and beautuful example of roots-rock reggae at its finest," while Relix described their music as "authentic soulful roots-reggae that has an addictive rhythm and fabulous musicianship." In 1996, Kevin founded his own label, I-Town Records to release John Brown's Body's debut album, All Time. I-Town has gone on to release over 60 albums, helping to bring national acclaim to Ithaca's vibrant music community.
Artists such as Sim Redmond, David Gould and John Brown's Body have built significant international careers after I-Town released their debut records. Around this time, Kevin also started working with mysterious roots masters 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, releasing six full length albums with the band and generating much frustration amongst fans for playing less than a handful of live shows. In addition to starting and running an independent label, touring and recording incessantly with John Brown's Body, Kevin also found the time to focus his attention on his solo career, honing his songwriting skills. Both of Kevin's solo albums I-Town Revival and Firestick feature his prolific songwriting talent and skill with the acoustic guitar.
Firestick is a full-length collaboration with renown cellist Hank Roberts, Richie Sterns of the Horseflies and Eric Aceto of TI TI Chickapea. 2011 sees Kevin expanding his sonic palette with his latest solo effort, Great Design. His third full-length showcases his agility as a songwriter, mixing elements of folk, rock and soul with his already well-crafted reggae and World vibe. The result is a warm and inviting album filled with spiritual soul grooves and laidback summer jams that summons the likes of Ray LaMontagne or Ben Harper. Whilst being accessibly upbeat, Great Design is also deeply emotionally evocative; it's simple and beautiful melodies and emotional clarity reveal Kevin as a magical lyricist and stunningly emotive songwriter.
After all these years, Kevin has remained true to the spiritual music he was so moved by as a 12 year old boy. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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