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“Kingsdown” is the evolutionary brainchild of five small-town friends sharing a heart for people and music. By 2003 the group had settled on a name, rounded out a core group of members and began to perform live in nearby Batesville, AR and other towns in Arkansas. A century old Arkansas train station became their experimental base where various styles and sounds were rigorously tested. Small crowds soon grew into packed houses, and “The Depot” became a place where lifelong friendships were born, joy was rampant, and people were impacted for the better.
The band recorded multiple EPs, each with an entirely new sound, evidence of a band searching to find their voice. In 2006, Dwain Roark-vocals, James Watts and Johnny Rocket-guitar, Aaron Elms-bass and Blain Roark-drums relocated to Little Rock, AR and continued to tour nationally and play bigger regional shows.
Backed by LOVE, faith, and hope, lyrics are born from the perspective of a love for God, life, travels, and people. "A large part of our inspiration comes from great times had with friends ... and many beautiful mornings, days, and nights spent with people we love. That is a side of God people forget to talk about." says lead singer Dwain Roark. "There is pain, there is hurt, there is ugliness, but ultimately, Love wins every time…life is beautiful."
Kingsdown released their first Full-Length Album, "Kingsdown" to a sellout crowd at the Rev Room in Little Rock, AR in 2010. This debut record was produced by Grammy nominated, Travis Wyrick, and has been described as, “a rousing blast of high-energy rock n roll.” The band is at their best while performing on stage, capturing crowds with the type of passionate and high-energy entertainment that can make a person feel like dancing and forgetting the worries of life.
Continuing success with the first CD, and enjoying some airplay with the first single “Callin Everybody” Kingsdown toured around the country in 2011 playing shows with Switchfoot, Bret Michaels, Pop Evil, Saving Abel, Skillet, Hurt, REO Speedwagon, Jet, Saliva, Spoken, Saliva, and direct support for Poison at the 2011 Riverfest Festival. The band was also awarded ARKANSAS ROCK BAND OF THE YEAR by Arkansas Rockstar Magazine. Kingsdown is working on new music and a full length DVD to come out later this year.
The band is currently touring nationally and just completed their first 7 country European tour and is already scheduled to go back twice due to great success in that part of the world. While in Germany, Kingsdown shot their first music video for their single "Electric Ladyland" with Jon Pride (Spoken's Through It All).
They will be coming to your town and Kingsdown invites you to come see what a great rock and roll show is all about. Life, Love, and Rock and Roll…