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The Kenney-Blackmon String Band / Press

“It's difficult to get too excited about new acoustic bands these days, as the market has been flooded for a while with mediocre music. Imagine my surprise upon hearing somethine new and interesting, fresh out of Athens. The Kenney-Blackmon String Band's debut is an intriguing collection that mines some deep caves, both domestic and foreign. Exploring both American roots and British folk styles, the band manages to freshen the genre with talent and commitment to excellence. Whether updating the long lost “Sandstone Girl” or bringing a new perspective to Jonathan Byrd's “Jesus Was a Bootlegger,” the Kenney-Blackmon String Band makes it work on all levels. There's a bit of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys in there and, at times, a quite convincing Fairport Convention vibe. Playing this type of music takes a lot os skill and mistakes are pretty obvious, but you'll be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this gem.”

James Kelly - Georgia Music Magazine

“The first thing you should know about The Kenney Blackmon String Band is that there’s no one named Kenney Blackmon in the group. The Athens-based outfit is a conglomerate of Jason Kenney on vocals, guitar, mandolin and banjo, Caroline Noel Blackmon on vocals, guitar, mandolin and piano, David Blackmon on fiddle and Chris Enghauser on double bass. The second thing you should know is that they perform an intimate blend of Appalachian folk and bluegrass tunes that steer the proceedings back in the direction of their Irish, English and Scottish roots. They are an innately talented bunch with, thankfully, not a single nod toward the ham-fisted fratgrass trend popular in their hometown (and in college towns far and wide, it seems). Their CD, The Singing Tree, is out now through Cowboy Angel Music.”

“...Start by becoming familiar with The Kenney Blackmon String Band, purveyors of a haimish, batteries-not-included brand of music that pairs nicely with muscadine wine and the sounds of a meadow not being mowed. Recorded during a three-day run at John Keane Studios, the album features singer/songwriter Jason Kenney, joined by the Blackmons (multi-instrumentalist Caroline Noel and her husband David on fiddle) with bassist Chris Enghauser. The versatile quartet performs Irish jigs ("Banish Misfortune"), bluegrass standards ("Kentucky Mandolin”) and even a waltz, but it's the album opener (and Jonathan Byrd cover) "Jesus Was a Bootlegger" that immediately captures the listener's attention. Kenney originals "I'll Follow You" and "Long Way from God" hold that attention and leave us curious to see what the future holds for this talented young storyteller.”