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Working with engineer/producer Tom Edmonds (The Roots, Lenny Kravitz, Todd Rundgren, The Rolling Stones & The Band) and such session heavies as Cindy Cashdollar (Asleep at the Wheel, Bob Dylan’s “Time Out Of Mind”), Craig Ross & George Laks (Lenny Kravitz band, Natalie Merchant’s “Ophelia”) and Jim Weider (The Band), as well as members of his own band STONE POETS, Pennsylvania Singer-Songwriter Kris Kehr offers reflection and wisdom among this early collection of songs. Recorded throughout Central Pennsylvania to Woodstock, NY and led by the intuitive and substantial expertise of producer/engineer Tom Edmonds, Long, Long Year kicks off a series of great releases on Woobie Cat Records by Kris Kehr.
Of the album, local critic and columnist Matt Swain from The Centre Daily Times has said...
“On “Long, Long Year”, singer-songwriter Kris Kehr has created a “journey” album in the finest folk-rock tradition. With odes to the road, river and rails (and even outer space), Kehr equates the journey down the road with the flow of life’s journey. The album is fueled by the virtuosity of Stone Poets, a local band of which Kehr is a member. The band members’
thorough understanding of their musical roles, wrapped in an honest, understated genius, provides Kehr with the legs on which to take his musical wanderings.”
“.....classy "roots rock," with tasteful musicianship” -George Graham (producer, radio personality WVIA-FM)
“A very well deserved 4 stars out of 5.....This is a FINE CD! -Marc Nolis (publisher and editor-in-chief, ROOTSTOWN MUSIC MAGAZINE)
“Backed by guitars, lap steel, keyboards and a finely grooved rhythm section, Kehr tackles the ultimate mysteries on this winning 10-song independent release with simplicity, humor and no shortage of disappointment. He weaves both half-whispered and rough troubadour vocals through the haunting arrangements and creates a mood that’s defiant, defeated and no doubt familiar to most. Whether singing of the guy tricked by love, the philosopher wondering life’s cost, or the lost soul who is simply over his head in the reality game, Kehr tells his tales simply but with just enough poetry and conviction to make them worthwhile. His subjects remain fixed on the search, despite the roadblocks of fear and shattered dreams. Kehr’s journey through life’s crapshoot is a bumpy one, but it’s well worth the time." -Ames Arnold (columnist/critic Richmond Times-Dispatch)
“You’re gonna love this one. Kehr and his group have fashioned a great pop-country-folk sound. Using Martin acoustic guitars, Hammond B-3 organ, accordion, Fender electrics and pedal-steel, they weigh in on odes to the road and the rails and other journeys. A wonderful debut. -Villiage Records (on-line music catalogue)
“I wanted to take a moment to let you all know about a new CD that I think is worthy of some attention. It's called"Long Long Year," and it's the debut CD from Pennsylvania singer/songwriter Kris Kehr, released on his own label,Woobie Cat Records. Stylistically, I'd describe this music as country-rock-folk. It's centered around Kris'drawling vocals and his acoustic 6 and 12 string guitars, and he's backed up by tasteful bass, drums, keyboard, andsteel guitar accompaniment. Backing musicians includeJim Weider of The Band, Craig Ross and George Laks, bothof the Lenny Kravitz Band, and Cindy Cashdollar of Asleep At The Wheel. Cindy's lap steel licks on the title track are simply wonderful; you can turn that track up LOUD and feel the goosebumps rise. Kris is well known to many people in this area through his work with a plethora of bands, including folk-rockers The Electric Farm and the progressive bluegrass band Pavlov's Dawgs. This album includes ten original songs, and marks his entry into thesinger/songwriter genre. If you like folk music that leans toward country-rock, I'd encourage you to check this out. -Otto Bost (Producer/Host of "Acoustic Eclectic" WDIY-FM, Allentown )
“......he’s got great tone and feel on the acoustic, but the critical thing to me is the vibe, which to me digs deep into your soul... i mean, almost anybody can play, and a bunch of people can play really well, but there are very few, i think, who stand up in front of people and open themselves up for all to see...Kris does that... it gives me faith... it restores faith in myself... it is what the definition of music should be... the ancient language that exposes the heart...” -Scott Murawski (songwriter-guitarist, Max Creek)
“...'To the Sea'......I loved its soothing tides...That song is beautiful, to my ears anyway, I think its a keeper, a real mood-soother... hope to hear it again!” -Derek (fan)
“Trying to describe Kris leaves me scratching my head. He does a little but of everything, and all of it with consumate skill. I can say that the solo acoustic gig we did together in 1997 was the most fun I've ever had on a stage. Check out his great 1999 release 'Long Long Year' and you'll see what I mean.” -Tom Flannery (singer-songwriter)