I write songs for a living, and have been doing so since 2004.
I have three favorite guitars, one being a 1964 Gibson Country and Western, which (with the help of a fine luthier) I was able to return to a playable condition after finding it in a state of total disrepair. I love the way it sounds, and I think it likes having me around as well. My second guitar is a 2002 Morgan Rosewood Dreadnaught that found me before I could find it. I ended up writing and recording most of 2011’s Fresh Water In The Salton Sea with her. It was providence, or it was good luck. I personally think they’re both the same thing. My third guitar is a 2004 Gibson J45, which held a starring role in the movie Infamous. Unfortunately, Infamous lost the Hollywood Truman Capote Sweepstakes, and Capote beat it out of the gate. Infamous saw limited release and went to DVD pretty quickly. That being said, the guitar is probably still more famous than I am, even in all of it’s DVD glory. If The Smoking Gun ever publishes an extravagant concert rider with my name on it, rest assured that the requests for seedless watermelon slices and Caciocavallo cheese came from the guitar, and not from me.
I love music. I love hearing songs that are intelligent, thought provoking, and honest. They give me hope, and those who wrote them inspire me.
I released my seventh album, which I decided to call Sad Songs Happily Played in 2014. I think it’s a clever title, but I am often wrong about these types of things. I published my first novel in 2011. Words, in case you were wondering, mean a great deal to me.
I live in New Braunfels, Texas with my wife, my son, three dogs, a cat, and a generous school of fish that I try not to forget to feed when my wife assigns me the task (the fish, that is… the dogs let me know if I’m forgetting about them in their unmistakable way). We like it here.
I travel a lot for my job. There’s not much of a point in writing songs if you don’t share them with an audience. Besides, the dogs can’t clap, I can’t hear the fish, and the cat generally doesn’t care about what I do… and everyone needs a little positive affirmation in their lives from time to time. So, I hope to see you at a show.
If you’d ever like to say hello, you can reach me via email (info at drewkennedymusic.com), smoke signal, telegraph, or carrier pigeon. Whichever is easiest for you.
Albums, Songwriting, and Credits
Sad Songs Happily Played (2014)
Wide Listener (2013)
Fresh Water In The Salton Sea (2011)
Alone, But Not Lonely (2010)
An Audio Guide To Cross Country Travel (2009)
Dollar Theatre Movie (2007)
Hillbilly Pilgrim (2004)
// Compilations / Other Performances
Modern Trade’s Southern Gospel Revival 2 (Various Artists) (2014)
Modern Trade’s Southern Gospel Revival (Various Artists) (2012)
Rose of Jericho // Lori McKenna // Numbered Doors (2014)
Man On A Mountain // Jason Eady and Patty Loveless // AM Country Heaven (2012)
Don’t Cry For Me // Rob Baird // I Swear It’s The Truth (2012)
War With Myself // Josh Grider // Live at Billy Bob’s (2012)
Man On A Mountain // Josh Grier // Live at Billy Bob’s (2012)
Better Day // Bart Crow // Dandelion (2012)
The Bourbon Legend // Jason Boland and The Stragglers // High In The Rockies (2010)
Cold Goodnight // Rodney Hayden // Tavern of Poets (2010)
C’est La Vie // Rodney Hayden // Tavern of Poets (2010)
Tending Bar By The Tracks At Midnight In Tupelo, Mississippi // Rodney Hayden // Tavern of Poets (2010)
They Ain’t Found Us Yet // Josh Grider // Sweet Road To Ride (2009)
The Bourbon Legend // Jason Boland and The Stragglers // The Bourbon Legend (2009)
Hand To Hold // Josh Grider // Million Miles To Go (2007)
Travis County Heartbreak // Peter Dawson Band // Coupland Live (2003)