Dick Kimmel & Co - the band - will officially go on hiatus in January 2017. Dick will be focusing on a new recording and performing with Pamela Longtine. This doesn't mean we won't be performing as a band in the future, but we won't be pursuing nor accepting an active performing schedule.
Dick's latest recording, "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch" (Dick Kimmel Music CD 2016-01) is now available and receiving excellent review. The recording focuses on Dick's mandolin playing: 15 instrumental cuts (9 are Kimmel originals) and 3 vocal numbers. The supporting musicians include Adam Granger, Bob Bovee, Ian Kimmel, Alan Munde, Dick Kimmel & Co, Bob Black and other musicians that Dick has played with over the years. Reviews have been excellent - Bluegrass Unlimited (September 2016): "...beautiful mandolin tone and technique." Minnesota Bluegrass (August 2016 - "This is the work of a true master."
Dick Kimmel was featured on the cover of August 2016's Minnesota Bluegrass magazine the voice of the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association with the words, "Dick Kimmel - Minnesota Bluegrass Ambassador." The article entitled "Dick Kimmel: Will The Circle Be Unbroken" by Ann Iijima covers details of Dick's career in music influencing other musicians from Minnesota and especially his musician son, Ian Kimmel.
Dick Kimmel's song, Homeless and Heartbroken, was featured for a video released on Veteran's Day, November 11, 2015. On YouTube the video had more than 1,000 views in the first 4 days and averaged more than 100 views per day for the first month. To see the video, search YouTube for "Dick Kimmel - Homeless and Heartbroken."
Dick Kimmel was featured in May, 2015 for the NUCAT-TV mini-concert, "Off The Shelves." To hear the mini-concert search YouTube for "Dick Kimmel - Off the Shelves."
In May - June 2015 Dick Kimmel's performances crossed 9 time zones, from Prague in the Czech Republic to Coos Bay, Oregon. Dick Kimmel toured Europe in May performing with Texas banjo legend, Alan Munde and Prairie Home Companion regular, Adam Granger. In June and July, 2015, Dick Kimmel toured the Pacific Northwest with his son, Ian Kimmel, and his nephew, bass luthier Seth Kimmel.
In Nashville in February 2015, Dick Kimmel & Co, along with Ian Kimmel and Becky Buller were featured for the SPBGMA showcase of bands and their program "Dick Kimmel's History of Bluegrass Music." Dick has presented this program for more than 40 years throughout North America and Europe.
Thanks for the excellent CD reviews! Comments regarding our recordings include:
Dick Kimmel & Co's latest recording, entitled "Dick Kimmel and Co - Dreamin'" presents a unique collection of songs: driving bluegrass numbers from the masters of bluegrass (Goodbye Old Pal: Bill Monroe and I'll Love Nobody But You: Jim and Jesse) and originals from this band (Homeless and Heartbroken by Dick Kimmel).
A review from an Inside Bluegrass review reported, "Dreamin' is DK&Co's third album, and it exhibits maturity that can only get gained by experience. Its twelve cuts represent the art of the bluegrass genre as it exists...Original-song seekers will appreciate the Kimmel-penned 'Homeless and Heartbroken'...A safe recommend."
Jan Dale from Australia's Southern Style (PBS-FM, www.pbsfm.org.au) writes: "Dick Kimmel & Co just keep getting better and better. Their latest offering Dreamin' has some fine lead vocals and duets...Very accomplished instrumental work, too. Every track is good but I especially love the title track Dreamin', Jesse McReynolds song I'll love nobody but you...and Monroe's Goodbye Old Pal on which Dick shows what a fine yodeller he is. I love this album and enjoy playing it for my listeners."
California Bluegrass Association: "Dick has assembled a fine band with wonderfully blended vocal harmonies and instrumentation ranging from hard-driving to softly melodic...With the deeply heartfelt vocals and stirring messages of hope and redemption, it's hard to believe that the band has never recorded a gospel album before...Definitely a must for fans of well done gospel music."
"Dick Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg - Somebody Loves You Darlin'" (Copper Creek Records CCCD-0245)
For Bluegrass Unlimited, Steve Goldfield
Comments from Letters and Emails
Just wanted to let you know the CDs arrived today. Thanks for getting them out to me so quickly. I spent an enjoyable afternoon listening to them. They are all great, however, I think my very favorite would be the Dreamin' CD. I love it.
- Elaine, Shakopee, MN
What an excellent evening of musical fun
at your cd release at Turner Hall was! The music as well as the onstage
banter provided everyone a wonderfully entertaining night. Kudos also
on a wonderful new cd, I must have listened to Katie Dear a dozen times
already since I purchased the cd.
"Three Jewels in the Master's Crown" on RFD-TV on March 17. I
thought that the song was very beautiful. I hope to see you
perform again on RFD-TV.
"Chalk up the Dick Kimmel
& Co mini tour of Wisconsin as a total success!! ...they played at
the Copper Grid in Madison, Wisconsin, to a standing room only crowd of
bluegrass fans...The band played and sang hard driving, straight
forward bluegrass music liberally sprinkled with stories and
laughter...My favorite song of the evening was Dick singing the
beautiful old Prisoners Song . Dick sang it tenderly and with
great feeling...Then, he absolutely brought down the house by singing
it like a typical bluegrass band would sing it today--with lots of fire
and speed!!!...After two encores, the crowd reluctantly let them close
the show...It was a stellar evening at the Copper Grid. I know
they will be coming back to Wisconsin soon and when they do, don't miss
ENDORSEMENTS - Dick Kimmel is proud to endorse:
D'Addario Strings - Dick uses D'Addario strings on all of his instruments. He uses D'Addario EXP17 Guitar Strings, EXP74CM Mandolin Strings, and J61 Medium Gauge Banjo Strings. "The EXP strings have a great sound that maintains itself in between string changes. The best strings I've ever used."
Ramsey Banjos - My main stage banjo these days is a custom 5-string built by Mike Ramsey (Chanterele). It has a 12 inch pot, hoop tone ring, and extremely thin rim with fewer brackets than most banjos. I love the tone and weight.
JR's Claw Picks
many clawhammer banjo players, I don't have fingernails that will hold up through many
nights of performing. Also, I've found that flatpicking a guitar and
mandolin also wears the right index nail down as well. I had
struggled with various false fingernail concoctions for decades.
JR's Claw Picks sound natural, seat firmly on my finger, and feel
great to play with. For information contact Val Johnson at email@example.com