October 20, 2018
In 1992, Pete and Maura Kennedy met at the Continental Club in Austin, Texas. Maura was playing in an Austin band called the Delta Rays and Pete was playing a solo gig, taking a break from Nanci Griffith's Blue Moon Orchestra. They hit it off right away, talking music and guitars, and ending up writing a song together.
They went their separate ways only to get in touch by phone to arrange their first date, each driving about five hundred miles to meet at Buddy Holly's grave in Lubbock, Texas. They quickly became inseparable, and when Nancy Griffith needed to replace Iris Dement as a harmony singer, she needed to look no further than the significant other of her lead guitar player. They went on tour with her to Ireland and upon finding out that they were opening for her as a duo, quickly wrote some songs, the first of which became the title track for their first album, River of Fallen Stars.
Although they share an interest in original rockers such as Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers, the Kennedys style is heavily influenced by the folk-rock era, and in particular, The Byrds. Their songs are often anthemic and catchy, favoring arrangements where Pete and Maura both play guitar. Pete is an outstanding instrumentalist who can foray into classical, rock, extended overtone solos and electric guitar effects with equal ease. When not slinging his acoustic six-string, he is known to employ a Rickenbacker twelve-string electric for a McGuinnish twang. Maura primarily plays rhythm guitar while taking the vocal lead on most of the songs. Their songwriting tends to be upbeat and idealistic, and everything about them indicates that this is a natural extension of who they are (excerpted from Music Matters review).
Ultimately, Pete and Maura knit these disparate threads into a coat of many colors that sounds like a "best of The Kennedys," but is in reality an all-new collection of songs. The road west is central to the American mythos; it's the search for musical roots and the fulfillment of a personal American dream that takes shape in songs.
Simply put - it's live acoustic music in a private living room with an audience of friends, both new and old, and great food that everyone brings to share. The music is outstanding - these are very talented musicians. Most tour professionally, usually nationally, some even internationally. More...