The Kennedys' new Headwinds Tour coming to the Acoustic Renaissance Concert Sept. 30
The Kennedys, on tour for "Headwinds," their first CD of all new original songs in five years, will be performing at the next Acoustic Renaissance Concert on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The concert will begin at 7 p.m. at Hinsdale Unitarian Church, 11 W. Maple St. Tickets are $20.
"If you get a charge from a rich folk rock vibe, love a super sharp guitar lick, or appreciate a moving story song, you will find all of that on The Kennedy's Headwinds. Pete Kennedy's astonishing range on any guitar he touches deftly underpins every mood of Maura Kennedy's warm, lyrical voice. You'll get no resistance from these 'Headwinds,' only pleasure," said Marilyn Rea Beyer, host of WFMT's The Midnight Special & Folkstage
In addition to singing and writing, Pete and Maura are multi-instrumentalists. The 13 songs are cast in a soundscape that draws from the classic canon of American roots, in keeping with the theme of getting back "home" as a nation. Acoustic and electric guitars, a vintage steel guitar, a gospel-inflected piano/organ mix, and even a slide ukulele all add colors to a songbag of sounds that have drawn us together during hard times. The duo believe that those sounds still have the power to pull us through again.
The Kennedys began their writing and touring life three decades ago as members of Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra, developing their own sound as a frequent support act on Griffith's tours across America, Ireland, Scotland and England. Collaborations with Nanci continued, culminating in Pete and Maura producing her final album, "Intersections." Along the way, they hosted a nationwide radio program, "The Dharma Cafe" on Sirius/XM, wrote and released 16 CDs of original music, and have been core artists on folk radio, expanding their audience further with the inception of the AAA and Americana formats.
The series will continue on Saturday, Oct. 28, with Vance Gilbert with special guest Ashley & Simpson. Gilbert's newest album, "The Mother of Trouble," was released this summer.
For information on the concert or livestreaming, call (630) 941-7797 or visit acousticren.com.