Dick Kimmel

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Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger

Dick Kimmel - vocals and  mandolin,  clawhammer banjo, and guitar
Adam Granger - vocals and guitar

Dick Kimmel and Adam Granger have collaborated for duo performances since the 1980's performing throughout North America and Europe.  When these two musicians take to the stage together, magical moments happen as the duo weaves through a spontaneous program that includes hot picking (on guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo), impromtu humor, and exceptional singing on a thoughtful selection songs.




Both Dick and Adam are recognized individually for many decades of performances, recordings, songwriting, and various other involvements with
bluegrass, folk, and old-time music.  On stage, Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger feature a variety of traditional bluegrass music, old-time tunes, original songs and instrumentals, and 'off-the-wall' numbers.  "Both Dick and Adam have been playing acoustic music since Dwight Eisenhower was President...to see and hear Kimmel and Granger on stage is the complete acoustic music experience..." (Bluegrass Unlimited, April 2010.)

In 2008, Dick and Adam released their first recording together, "Dick Kimmel & Adam Granger - Live at the Rhein" (Jeep Records).  This is a double-CD recorded live at the Grand Center for Arts and Culture in New Ulm MN. In 2016, Adam played guitar on Dick's solo mandolin recording, "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch."


 Dick and Adam tour internationally as part of the Alan Munde Trio with world-class banjo player, Alan Munde.  Adam, and Alan Munde are both featured on Dick's latest recording.

Adam Granger has played guitar for more than 50 years.  His 1970's LP recording with Dudley Murphy, "Twin Picking" (Grass Mountain Records), was a monumental early step for flat-picked guitar. Soon thereafter, Adam released a second landmark for flat-picked guitar, "Granger's Fiddle Tunes for Guitar," a collection of guitar tablatures for more than 500 tunes from the USA, Canada, and the UK.  Adam is a regular columnist for Guitar magazine. 

Adam's guitar playing reached a wide audience with the legendary Powdermilk Biscuit Band.  During the 1980's, this band  performed regularly for "Prairie Home Companion," a popular public radio program in the USA for which Adam performed, wrote scripts, and substitute hosted.   During the 1990's, Adam co-hosted and was a regular performer for The Cedar Social, a television program featuring bluegrass, folk, and ethnic music. 

For the past 35 years, Adam has taught guitar and stage presence for workshops and music camps, such as the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop and Camp Bluegrass (in Levelland, Texas).  Adam has recorded more than a dozen albums, including 4 of his original music.  Also, he has composed scores for television documentaries, plays and movies.  A recent CD, "Adam Granger - Of Mice and Men," is a collection of original guitar instrumentals.  Today, Adam is in demand as a performer, guitar workshop instructor, and festival MC.

Dick Kimmel has been associated with traditional bluegrass and old-time country music for more than 50  years as a performer, recording artist, historian, and songwriter.  Dick has performed throughout North America and Europe, performing with a long list of artists and bands that include Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals, Hazel Dickens, and Dwight Diller.  Dick has regularly toured Europe as a solo performer, with his band Dick Kimmel & Co, with the Alan Munde Trio, and with Adam Granger.  

Dick has been involved with a variety of  bluegrass and old-time music activities.  For the past 40 years, he has written articles and monthly columns for bluegrass and old-time publications throughout the world.  During the 1970's, Dick served as the Clawhammer Banjo Editor for Banjo Newsletter, writing tablatures and old-time music columns and establishing an old-time following for that magazine.  Fans of bluegrass are probably most familiar with Dick's hundreds of articles and record reviews for Bluegrass Unlimited, for which he continues to publish feature articles.  Also, Dick conducts workshops on mandolin, clawhammer banjo, guitar, song writing, traditional singing, and the history of bluegrass music.

Articles written about Dick Kimmel, his music, and bands have appeared in a variety of magazines including Bluegrass Unlimited (November 1994 and April 2005) and Bluegrass Now (January 2001).  The June 2001 Banjo Newsletter featured a cover story on Dick Kimmel and his clawhammer banjo playing.  His more than two dozen recordings over the past 50 years include 7 bluegrass/old-time CDs for Copper Creek Records and cuts on compilation recordings released in the United States and Europe.  His recording, "Dick Kimmel - Fishin' Creek Blues" (Copper Creek Records CC-0173), focuses on his clawhammer banjo playing.  Dick wrote a book for Mel Bay Publications containing tablatures of the banjo playing on this recording.  His most recent release (2016) focuses on his mandolin playing, "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch."  Click the "Artist Profile" button on the upper left of this page for more information on Dick Kimmel.