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INTERVIEW: Liz Kennedy

How would you classify your music?

I am a singer songwriter with folk and blues influences from the 60’s and 70’s and later.  And I certainly hope with my own flavoring.

Who are some of your top 5 musical influences?

 I think of my music as being a buddy of Randy Newman’s music.  And Paul Simon’s.  And Bonnie Raitt’s. Carole King.  Steve Winwood.  Leonard Cohen. Beatles.

What do you want fans to take from your music?

 I hope my songs are cohesive stories that are specific to me but wearable.  Familiar.  Comfortably and uncomfortably.  I make an effort to have every word in a song build to one final effect. Each song clearly defined.  Like a well sanded wooden bowl you can hold in your hands and see from every perspective.  With no doubt that it is indeed a lovely wooden bowl.

How’s the music scene in your locale?

Well I live in a destination city that prides itself on its food and music. Traditional and otherwise.  I mean, I live in San Francisco.

What is the best concert you have been to? What do you like most about playing live?

 Best goes way back in time.  Concert going as a young woman in the late sixties and early seventies probably trumps anything I see now just cause it was then and I was “then” too.  Like the Who in London. And just last month I saw Eric Clapton for the first time!

Playing live is an out of body experience.  I’m still not used to it.

Is there a song on your latest CD release here that stands out as your personal favorite, and why?  

Well the first track. Everyone Knows How It Goes.  I wrote it after I went to Desert Trip in Cochella.  I hope it expresses the importance music plays in our formative years.  Mostly about how communal music used to be years ago.  Everyone listening and learning songs together, piled in one room listening to the new vinyl someone just bought.  Music was less accessible and thereby more personally involving.  Shared in a more personal way.  Plus Taj Mahal joined me on it.  An incredible treat.

How have you evolved as an artist over the last year?

I have worked hard this last year to better define myself as an artist.  To define my sound.  To bring my work back to my own roots.  I have learned a great deal about producing music.  The more one learns and the harder one works the more one is able to capture that intangible quality that lets you finally say this song is done.  Both in the writing and in the recording.  So it was a year of especially hard work.  Never saying I guess it’s done.  Saying instead, yes, it is done.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, have a drink with any band or artist (dead or alive) who would it be?

Randy Newman. Please tell him and set it up for me. His place or mine is fine.

What’s next for you?

Lots of performing.  Here in the Bay Area mostly. And the next album.  Always the next.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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