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Episode 541

Artist: Kevin Presbrey

About the Episode:

Drawing upon the influences of sultry singer-songwriters such as Jim Croce and Ray Lamontagne, Kevin Presbrey’s latest creation Dust Unto Dust is a marriage of the catchy hook and the rootsy americana track you might hear on a early 1970s record. Collaborating with Seattle based producer Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Milo Greene, Ra Ra Riot, Rocky Votolato), Presbrey and drummer Danny Pratt ventured off to Bear Creek Studios in the Pacific Northwest with the intention of finding the organic acoustic sound they mutually enjoyed on their favorite vinyls from bands like America, The Eagles & Fleetwood Mac. In this first departure from Painkiller Hotel, the Dust Unto Dust EP was created with good intentions and a heavy heart.

Dust Unto Dust was constructed from song pieces and lyrics I’d jotted down for years, combined with new material I’d written following the death of my father in 2012. When I lost my father, who’d been such a big supporter of my music and inspiration to me, I spent a lot of time thinking about something he’d told me over and over again throughout my life, ”Do what makes you happy, and do it as much as you can because you never know how long you’ll be here to do it.” There had been some times throughout the last few years during some of the rougher stretches that I’d questioned my music career and my writing, and now without my biggest fan it seemed like maybe it was time to hang it up and try something else.

During the months following his passing, I struggled to crack a smile, I spent a lot of time thinking, and found myself leaning on the one thing that had been there for me since age 17, my music. As you can probably gather, I decided not to hang it up, and instead used songwriting as my therapy to get through my father’s death. I thought about and still think about what my dad said to me. I know deep down music is a big part of who I am, and even though my dad isn’t here anymore to cheer me on and talk shop after my shows, his guiding principles will always be here inside of me. His passing was a tragic event that abruptly changed my life, but in the end, the silver lining was the inspiration he gave me to create Dust Unto Dust.

Check out the dates for Kevin's tour and go see him live. It will be well worth your time.

  Feb 06           Scratch Kitchen                      Forest Park, IL US

  Feb 07           Fizz                                         Chicago, IL US

  Feb 14           Whiskey River Saloon            Madison, WI US

  Feb 15           Whiskey Jacks                         Madison, WI US

  Feb 20           Beer Market                            Schaumburg, IL US

  Feb 21           Sazzy B                                   Kenosha, WI US

  Feb 27           Beer Market                            Bolingbrook, IL US

  Feb 28           Whiskey Junction                    Minneapolis, MN US

  Mar 01           Live at Kathy's Pub                Rochester, MN US

  Mar 08           Two Brothers Roundhouse     Aurora, IL US

  Mar 11           SXSW                                     Austin, TX US

  Mar 12           SXSW                                     Austin, TX US

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