Go get ‘em…
When it comes to hip hop, I usually don’t dive right in. But the stuff I listen to, I am thankful to say, I was introduced to by either my brother Kramer, or my friend Trevor, so its all really good hip hop. Being raised listening to CCM and folk music in general, hip hop is one of those scary genres that I couldn’t quite feel brave enough listening to. I also was afraid of enjoying...
Bryan John Appleby
This is one of my favorite new albums. Bryan is an outstanding local songwriter and good friend. He released his first full length record, ‘Fire on the Vine,’ 3 weeks ago at Columbia City Theater and he recently played the main stage at Doe Bay Fest this last weekend. He and his band tore the trees from their roots. Listen and Buy. You will listen to this record for years, I...
Doe Bay Fest
I had the honor of playing Doe Bay Festival this last weekend. I was already committed to hosting the amazing Conor Byrne Open Mic at the festival, but 4 days before I was schedule to leave, Kevin Sur asked me if I would be willing to play the festival. Aaron Stevens of Goldfinch recently became very sick and couldn’t play the festival. This was/still is VERY sad news, as Aaron is a huge...
I Don't Remember Meeting You
I’m a social guy. I don’t really feel all that great if I haven’t been around people for too long. And I like to converse with people. But recently, I’ve realized that I have a little problem. I was always afraid of this problem growing up. Any time I would ask my dad about something from his childhood, he would always respond with a short sigh and say “I...
Community is like Snot...
I’ve surrounded myself with community my whole life. Well, I mean, ever since I could make those decisions for myself, at least. The communities have all been completely different in nature. But in each place I immersed myself in, I have instantly felt a sense of belonging. And I’ve always been the kind of guy who is friends with everybody. I love people and I love doing things with...
New Free Download, "It's Easy"
I wrote this song today and am very satisfied with it. Get it for free! CLICK HERE
A Personal Defense for POVERTY
In the last month, I’ve received more attention musically then I’ve ever had. Honestly, its not a whole lot of attention, but, again, its more than I’m used to. I think “press” might be a better word than “attention.” Its the kind of press that makes my heart drop at first. Its the kind of press that I constantly have to remind myself “Any press is...
'Poverty' FREE download.
The third and final track off of the EP ‘POVERTY’ is now available for download. It is the title track of the record. I wrote ‘Poverty’ for one of my dearest friends. She has been there for me through thick and thin over the last 4 or 5 months of my life. She is light in the darkness for me. A precious jewel. About a month and a half ago I was in a very tough place. I was...
'Mother Teresa' FREE download.
Download the song here. Mother Teresa of Calcutta is my ultimate crush. If only she were 1. Younger 2. Well… alive 3. Not a nun. Because she was one of the most beautiful women to ever walk the face of this earth. Teresa was the epitome of “love the ‘least of these’.” She took care of the poor, hungry, naked, homeless, sick, and wounded. Not only that, she took care...
'Mahatma Gandhi' FREE download
Today, and today only, the very first strack off of ‘POVERTY,’ a new EP, is available for a free download (or pay what you want). The track will be available indefinitely, but only today is it FREE. Head on over to my bandcamp to get your free download! This song is about peace. Peace. Peace. Peace. We are so eager to fight with each other. So eager to prove our way is the right way....
POVERTY for free NEXT WEEK
Next week I am releasing a brand new EP called “POVERTY.” I’m really excited about this little project. Timothy Graham recorded and helped produce this record and I’m very happy to say, he’s done an AMAZING job. We’re going to release this in a very special way. Here’s how its going to work: I’m releasing the 1st track on Monday, February 21st,...
We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The...– - Mother Teresa (My ultimate crush)
I had the pleasure of being in Spokane this last Saturday for the last ever show/evening of the Empyrean Coffee House. I rode down with The Head and the Heart. They were scheduled to close out the evening with a bang. But I didn’t want to miss the last night of this wonderful place so I threw myself in their van to go enjoy the evening. The Empyrean was a wonderful place for art and...
Abbey Simmons from Sound on the Sound captured a very special moment for me on video. This is a new song I performed at Conor Byrne Open Mic last Sunday. I was joined by Bryan John Appleby & Josiah Johnson and Jon Russell of The Head and the Heart (who had a big announcement today) singing backup. I hope you enjoy:
Opening for Damien
Damien Jurado - Photo by Dylan Priest Last Friday’s show at Columbia City Theater was one of the most surreal experiences I’ve ever had. Its hard to describe. Opening for Damien Jurado is not something I ever thought I would do. Having listened to his music since my late teens and realizing that doing that shaped a lot of why I play the style of music I play, it was quite humbling...
More Tour Snaps
If we are friends on Facebook or you follow me on Twitter, then most likely you’ve seen these already, but if you haven’t here you go! They’re only iPhone photos altered by the incredibly cool ‘Hipstamatic’ camera app, but its all I have. So feast your eyes. Portland - The Canby House Lunch Redding - The Fox Den My First In-N-Out Experience Our New...
Its a Phase
Hey, yeah… so, um… sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I guess… I, um… I go through blogging phases, see… and… Okay, so here’s some news for you. I am playing a terrific folk festival in Pullman, WA at the end of this month called The Birds on a Wire Folk Festival. Its an absolutely amazing opportunity and I couldn’t be more thankful to have...
I live with a man named Tommy Panigot. He is from Michigan and his parents are from France. He looks like this: Tommy is, what you can call, a genius. Not only is he a genius when it comes to music, but also, he is a genius when it comes to graphic design and style. He knows what goes where, what color goes there, and what clothes to wear. Its not about being noticed, its about art. Its about...
My dear friend Karli Fairbanks played a show with this dude the other night. She told me to listen to a song of his called “Oxygen.” Definitely a good song. My kind of song. Willy Mason is a singer/songwriter out of New York with 2 albums and 7 EPs. Definitely worth checking out. Listen to the song “Oxygen” here.
You Chose To Die By Tony Kevin Jr You chose to...
Sing It To Me One More Time
I wrote this song last week. A groaning of sorts. Not wanting a song to end that has to. Sing it to Me One More Time By Tony Kevin Jr Oh I’ve never felt this strong about anything before And I can’t try and work it out no more Oh never have cried these tears Oh never have I felt so much fear Of myself Sing it to me one more time Sing it to me one more time Oh I...
Today I recorded this video of one of my newer songs. This song is really different from my other tunes because there isn’t that one point, like in all my other songs, where it gets really intense. It stays pretty chill the whole time. I’m pretty happy with it. Its a song about loneliness. Being single. Not being content. Listen to the video while you read the lyrics. I think...
The Avett Brothers
I can’t seem to stop listening to these guys. They never cease to blow me away. The two records of theirs that I’ve had on repeat are these: Emotionalism I and Love and You Do yourself a favor and get these now! You can thank me later. Booyah grandma tkj
January Tour Wrap Up
This past week, the great Tom Rorem and myself did a string of shows in Portland and Seattle. What a great week we had together. Here was our show schedule: Sunday: House of Paine - Marysville, WA Monday: The Canby House - Portland, OR Tuesday: Mississippi Pizza - Portland, OR Wednesday: Off Thursday: Santa Lucia Cafe (with The Courage) - Centralia, WA Friday: SPU House Show - Seattle, WA ...
Let Us Play With Your Look
I’m hoping that this blog template will allow viewers to actually see the site! I know that the last template I had was cool, but for some reason it didn’t load for anyone! That’s what we call “Lame” friends. This is also the reason I stopped blogging as often. Hopefully this template will allow you to see and read my blog!
“Lover” by Derek Webb
A night you won't want to miss...
Friends! I got these in the mail today: This Friday night, at the Q Cafe in Seattle (map) at 7:30… Its the EP Release show for ‘I Should Love You, But I Hate You.’ Its here. Already here. Can’t believe it. Its a night you won’t want to miss.
Thankful for You
I just wanted to say… Thank you SO MUCH to all who have donated so far. I know, you don’t see all the details, but this project would not be this far along without you. We are SO CLOSE to having this all done! Be ready to hold it in your hands this month! And if you didn’t notice, we’ve set up an album Pre-Order page up :) if you go to http://tonykevinjr.com it loads...
Scavenge for a Download
So here’s how it works. Follow the links and solve the puzzles. Once you’ve solved them all, the song will download. And I know you’ll love the song :) Location 1: Ever heard of Virb.com? Well that’s your first location.
I can’t give you the whole thing, but I...
Hello dear friends. I’m writing this to give you all an update on the new upcoming EP. As you all know, I’ve been asking for donations. It was a really tough first week of asking. You must know that I hate asking for money. It completely shatters my pride. To sit up and say, “Yeah, I need help financially” is something that does not come easy. I think that’s the...
New little song to help remind myself why...
Hello Everyone! I’m wanting to let you know that I’m putting together an October tour. I’m really excited to say that I’ve never done this before. Actually, I’m really nervous to admit it. But all the same, its happening! This will be a great/fun way to promote the new EP I recorded with Karli Fairbanks. I can’t tell you all how excited I am for you to hear...
I’ve been in Spokane for almost 3 days now. It has been an incredibly refreshing vacation so far. I was able to stay with my dear friends the Hensruds for the past 2 nights and they are some of the most hospitable people I’ve ever met. Mr. and Mrs. Hensrud’s daughter Dezy and her husband Henry own and run the Maple St. Bistro which was where Garage Voice and I played at on...
A Shiny Product
So I have been in an interesting place in the last week or so. I started a second job to save some money, and I’m moving out of the place I’m living to a cheaper spot in order to save even more money. So not many shows to report about, unfortunately. I’ve been working a whole lot recently. I haven’t had a day off in about 2 weeks now, and its starting to weigh on me a...
Do you want the New EP for FREE?
Then download these 6 tracks by next Wednesday (the 19th) and you’ll be the first to get your hands on the new EP (released September 2009) —If you’ve already downloaded in the last 2 months you will receive the EP for free as well
New Song. No Hard Feelings. A Sold Soul I sold...
Elpis - House of Paine
For those of you who have heard me talk about House of Paine before, and are still confused as to what it is, here’s an answer: Blake and Julie Paine (and their 5 kids, a 6th on the way) open up their front door every Tuesday night in Marysville, WA. Dinner is ready by 7 and anyone can come and enjoy a hospitable meal and a warm atmosphere. A few of us who have been enjoying the...