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Exciting news: Ian Kimmel won the SPBGMA 2014 Mandolin Player of the Year Award! Dick and Ian Kimmel were both nominated for 2014 Midwest Bluegrass Awards by SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of the Bluegrass Music of America). Dick was nominated for 2014 Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year. Ian Kimmel, Dick's 18-year-old son, was nominated for mandolin player of the year -- and won the award. Ian occasionally performs with Dick Kimmel & Co in addition to performing with Barton's Hollow and Addison Avenue. Dick and Ian were featured with Dick Kimmel & Co at the Nashville (TN) SPBGMA bluegrass awards convention on January 31, 2014.
Dick Kimmel's music is featured on podcast #476 from the Bluegrass Preservation Society. Give it a listen at:
Tony Rook joined Dick Kimmel & Co! Dick says, "Tony, a native of North Carolina, is a powerhouse bluegrass singer and lead guitarist and we are very excited to have him in the band." The DKC members look forward to performing the many excellent bluegrass songs penned by Tony. This past July, Tony performed with Dick Kimmel & Co for an historical Civil War event where Tony's original composition, Lauralee, was referred to as "the highlight of the event" according to the Mankato (MN) Free Press. Members of Dick Kimmel & Co have already been in the studio with Tony helping with Tony's upcoming solo CD.
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...Jerilyn('s)...rendition of 'Tramp on the Street' has a poignancy and sensitivity that few singers can muster...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 or EJ17 Medium Gauge Guitar Strings, EXP74 Medium Gauge 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 that most banjo. I love the tone and weight.
Chuck Lee Banjos - This exceptional banjo craftsman designed a custom banjo with Dick Kimmel. Dick says, "Chuck was great to work with in designing a non-traditional banjo. I asked for a 3 1/2 inch deep pot--12 inches in diameter with a wooden tone ring to bring out the deep tones. The banjo is extremely resonant. The artistic quality of this banjo and the craftsmanship are superb." For information, including a photo of Dick with the Lee "turkey" banjo visit: http://www.LeeBanjos.com
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