K.Y.B. Press

Upper Township man gets back to taking his dream on the road

 “Tuckahoe resident Kenny Young, of the Kenny Young Band, shown at Sound Strike Studios in Marmora, on Sept. 14, is a country singer and musician who will be going on tour at the end of the month, starting the tour with shows in Upper Township and Woodbine, followed by Tennessee, Georgia Pennsylvania, Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and Nevada.”

- Elisa Lala, The Press (Sep 21, 2011)

“Kenny Young - Simple Things.

 “Kenny Young - Simple Things. There is no equal to the absolutely sizzling opening that will hit listeners with the beginning of "Where Do We Go From Here". Any fan of guitar work will appreciate this track, which has a little down-south, Southern rock feel (Lynyrd Skynrrd, Alabama) to it. Instead of sticking with a seventies or eighties sound, Kenny Young infuses each of the tracks on "Simple Things" with a current and contemporary feel.”

- James Maquiston, Broken Poets

Kenny Young is something folks in smoked-filled establishments across the country will die for.”

 “From start to finish "Simple Things" is an impressive musical collection from Kenny Young. The music is grooving, upbeat and entertaining. The songwriting - all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personalitiy, flair and signature groove. The writing, playing and singing abilities of Kenny Young and his band are rock solid, the melodies and harmonies are masterful, and the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom and messages full of whiskey, bar brawls and all things Americana. Last but not least the vocal presence and persona of Kenny Young is something folks in smoked-filled establishments across the country will die for.”

- Cyrus Rhodes, Music Magazing

Kenny Young Band: Simple Things Posted by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on April 16, 2012

 “Part 1 The Kenny Young Band hail from New Jersey and play countrified rock with a distinctive Southern twist. An unlikely cover of Walk Away Renee hints at a history of earning a crust playing crowd pleasers and, if this example is anything to go by, they really know what they’re about. The restrained vocal lets the heartbreak story shine through, whilst the glorious soaring tune gets a guitar band arrangement that suits it down to the ground. The other cover on this album is more indicative of where this band’s heart is. Greg Allman and Kim Payne’s Midnight Rider sounds really good, complete with authentic harmonising vocals as per proper Southern Rock. Andy Schlee has fun with his guitar part, sliding with dirt and fuzz all over the tune, and it’s not the only chance he gets to do his Allmans tribute act.”

- John Davy, Flying Shoes Review / United Kingdom (Apr 16, 2012)

Kenny Young Band: Simple Things Posted by John (Biscuits and Gravy) Davy on April 16, 2012

 “Part 2 Kenny Young’s own songs are plenty strong enough to be in this company, drawing on a variety of styles but certainly having quite a strong 70s air (in the best possible way) – formative years shine through, I guess. I can’t find any sign that he has plans to make it over to the UK though the fact this disc (from 2010) recently appeared in the post suggests there’s something afoot. Well worth checking out, anyway, because this is solidly entertaining fare from a real craftsman. John Davy”

- John Davy, Flying Shoes Review / United Kingdom (Apr 16, 2012)

- valsam, Rootstime

 “Het kustgebied ten zuiden van New Jersey is de natuurlijke habitat van singer-songwriter Kenny Young, de ruime veertiger die als frontman van de ‘Kenny Young Band’ met “Simple Things” zijn ultieme droom - een uitstekende debuutplaat - heeft klaargestoomd. Daarop staan dertien nummers waaronder twee covers, namelijk “Walk Away Renee” van de groep ‘The Left Banke’ uit 1966 en later populair gemaakt door ‘The Four Tops’ en het prachtige “Midnight Rider” van The Allman Brothers Band, dat Kenny Young hier in een bijna onherkenbare ‘Bad Company’-achtige rockversie brengt. Kenny Young schrijft en zingt zijn liedjes voornamelijk in het countryrockgenre, een stijl waarmee hij al op zeer jonge leeftijd kennismaakte via zijn ouders. Hij was amper 8 jaar oud toen hij al zelf nummers componeerde op zijn akoestische gitaar. Samen met zijn vader en zijn broer speelde hij eerst in het covergroepje ‘Tribulation’, maar na een tijdje speelde deze band ook door Kenny geschr”

- valsam, Rootstime

TRANSLATED:

"The south coast of New Jersey is the natural habitat of singer-songwriter Kenny Young, the forty-four who, as a frontman of the" Kenny Young Band "with" Simple Things ", has created his ultimate dream - an outstanding debut album. There are thirteen songs, including two covers, "Walk The Renee" of the 1966 Left Left, and later popularized by The Four Tops and the beautiful Midnight Rider of The Allman Brothers Band, Kenny Young here in an almost unrecognizable 'Bad Company' -like rock version. Kenny Young writes and sings his songs mainly in the country rock genre, a style he had already learned at a very young age through his parents. He was almost 8 years old when he composed songs on his acoustic guitar. Together with his father and brother, he first played in the cover group 'Tribulation', but after a while this band also played by Kenny "

- False, Rootstime

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 "it’s refreshing to hear some really good music instead of music that sounds like everything out there..." - from Karen Kixx, Friday Frenzy Radio Show, Penn's Peak Radio

- Karen Kixx, Friday Frenzy Radio

ROCKWiRED RADiO PROFiLES PRESENTS: JERSEY ROCKER KENNY YOUNG AND HiS LATEST CD 'SiMPLE THiNGS'

 “JANUARY 20, 2011 - KENNY YOUNG is a Jersey boy with a Southern twang and a fondness for rock n roll blasting from below the Mason-Dixon Line (THE ALLMAN BROTHERS and LYNYRD SKYNYRD). Such influences were not difficult to single out on his 2009 debut EP ‘THE KENNY YOUNG PROJECT'. Now YOUNG has released his first full length LP 'SIMPLE DREAMS' (TOMMY NAPLES MUSIC) and that life long dream of a life in music has finally been realized. Back in the mid nineties, KENNY YOUNG was at a crossroads. Torn between family responsibilities and a life in rock n roll that wasn’t paying all of the bills, YOUNG did what GEORGE THOROUGHGOOD sang about. He cut his hair and he got a real job. Once his two sons were old enough (and had demonstrated a certain amount of musical ability of their own) YOUNG stepped back into the light armed this time with the record deal that eluded him years earlier. ”

- Brian Lush, Rockwired (Jan 11, 2011)

June Round Up: Kenny Young Band

 “While he’s not a wordsmith per se he manages to come up with strong verses and choruses that fit well with the muscular delivery of the band be it the jaunty pop of We’ll Find Love Again, the radio friendly ballad Going Home or the pell mell Southern rock’n’roll that is Krazy”

- Paul Kerr, Blabber n Smoke (Jun 07, 2012)

- 100.7 The Bay Presents, Weinberg Center for the Arts (Aug 28, 2012)

 “The Outlaws with Special Guest Tommy Castro and The Painkillers plus the Kenny Young Band”

- 100.7 The Bay Presents, Weinberg Center for the Arts (Aug 28, 2012)

- /the-outlaws-with-special-guest-tommy-castro-and-the-painkillers-plus-the-kenny- (Sep 10, 2012)

KENNY YOUNG (KENNY YOUNG BAND) – GUITAR AustralianMusician Jan 12, 2015 Artist Profiles, Artists

 “. If you’re into Lynyrd Skynyrd, Allman Brothers and all manner of Southern style rock, you might want to check out the Kenny Young Band.”

- junocreative, australianmusician.com.au (Jan 12, 2015)

Kenny Young ‘Simple Things’ Rock/ Singer Songwriter kenny-young By C.W. Ross

 Music has always been a big part of musician Kenny Young’s life. His father was an accomplished guitar player and by age 8 Kenny had already taught himself to play guitar. In grade school (5th grade) Kenny joined the school choir. At the young age of 12 he was in his first official band playing drums. At age 21 he started a group named Tribulation that also included his brother and father in the lineup. The band started out as a cover band but Kenny started incorporating original material that he had written into the band’s sets.After taking some time off to raise his family, fast forward to today, and the 40-something has released his debut full length release, ‘Simple Things’ on Indie label Tommy Naples Music. The new album offers a total of 14 tracks, 13 + a reprise of the title track- “Simple Things.” All of the songs are original music except for, “Walk Away Renee”, and The Allman Brothers Band classic song, “Midnight Rider.”The press material that came with this release mentioned several of Kenny’s musical influences including, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, and The Allman Brothers. I didn’t get much of any AC/DC influence in his music but there’s definitely a southern rock connection especially on up tempo tracks like, “Where Do We Go from Here”, “Krazy”, “Nothing without You”, and “Strong Man.”‘Simple Things’ also offers a more melodic tender side on songs like, “Lay a Rose” and “Carousel.”You’ll also find different sounding tracks like, “Simple Things-Reprise”, that features background singers chanting, ‘Mambo Rahisi’ which the album’s liner notes says means ‘Simple Things’ in Swahili. Young’s cover of The Allman Brothers song, “Midnight Rider,” also offers up a different take on the song with its mix of guitars, congas, bongos, tambourine, organ, strings, and cowbell instrumentation found on it, along with guitar and loop effects.‘Simple Things’ offers up a lot of well done songs, with music that entertains the listener’s ears. 

Dangerdog Music Reviews

 Listening to Kenny Young's first full-length album Simple Things presented this listener with more than a little consternation when writing commentary. I think I'm still ambivalent to this veteran singer-songwriter from New Jersey. By overview, a listen to the cover of the Allman Brothers' Midnight Rider will give you a sense of Young and Simple Things things direction: southern and blues flavored American melodic rock.Honestly, I was skeptical seeing Young posing with an acoustic guitar within the CD booklet. Putting a guitar in the hands of a singer or songwriter can be like a putting a gold ring in a pig's snout: it don't belong. However, Mr. Young is a self-taught accomplished guitarist, and contributes acoustic guitar to several songs on this project. As a songwriter, he has lyrical prose that expresses honesty and feeling. Where Do We Go From Here, We'll Find Love Again, and Simple Things display both Young's wisdom and talent. To song composition, he's a mere contributor to the arrangements, mostly handled by producer Bob Kimmel. Nevertheless, the music throughout Simple Things is still satisfying and entertaining.My dilemma, and ambivalence, comes with Kenny Young as a singer. Certainly, he's talented: there's a definite soulful and deliberate delivery to his performance. I don't think there's a single song where Young does not perform well. However, with a few exceptions, Young sounds mechanical and dispassionate. On the aforementioned songs and others Kenny barely rises above the music. Krazy and Going Home might be the exceptions. Actually, throughout Simple Things, the music betters him. It sounds like Young did not get enough sleep the night before recording, was indifferent to his listeners, or quite bored with himself and the songs.Yet, after several spins Simple Things, I want to hear Kenny Young sing. Strange. Simple Things will be his signature song, Carousel a definite miss. His best stuff might be the sound cover of The Left Banke 1966 hit Walk Away Renee, and the heavier interpretation of the Allman Brothers' Midnight Rider (but I'm still not impressed by his vocal performance.)By now I think you've caught the jist of my ambivalence. I liked Kenny Young's Simple Things, even though my doubts remain about his vocal performance. At this point, I'm sure my critics and Young's fans will rise up and defense. Good for them. The more I listen the more I'm convinced. Kenny Young's Simple Things is the culmination of lifelong dream: he should be proud of it, and the listener entertained, impressed, and satisfied. Recommended. 

 by Craig Hartranft,  01.24.2011 

Music Emissions

 Kenny Young is one of those soulful, inoffensive, good ol' boys expressing the blues-rock aesthetic that gave folks like Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, John Mellencamp, and most recently Kid Rock their renowned Midwestern empathic comfort-food style of music. This is not to say that Young is hopping on a bandwagon or biting off of a tried-and-true formula for the sake of making money.The man's delivery bears a natural sincerity that invokes a crossover appeal between rock and country. There is something tangibly romantic in Young's vocal performance that, as sappy as it seems, reminds you of your first love. His balladry is warm and poignant to the point where it can be both heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.It is actually a shame that this kind of music is not more prevalent in the mainstream music marketplace, because it is a sound that is not easily manufactured - it must be felt, and Kenny Young spouts emotion in buckets! Each track is chock-full of explosive melodies and fiery sing-along choruses. SIMPLE THINGS is just as easily a boot-stomping date-night romp as it is a kick-back and get tanked epic.While the album probably would have achieved a massive success during the late 1970s or early 1980s - rubbing shoulders with the likes of George Thorogood, The Eagles, and Eddie Rabbitt - it is still refreshing to stumble upon an album that is simple, pure, and real. SIMPLE THINGS delivers a message that is relatable to anyone of any creed - love, loss, and simply living life despite its inherent tribulations. Although "simple," it is a message that often goes overlooked in the bubblegum nature of modern music. 

 mark_morton on 2010-12-01 

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‘The Outlaws” and Special Guest ‘Kenny Young Band’ at Weinberg Center for the Arts

 ‘The Outlaws” and Special Guest ‘Kenny Young Band’ at Weinberg Center for the Arts by Mike Spain

by on November 12, 2012 


 If you love guitar driven music be it Southern Rock, blues, or something in between then the Weinberg Center for the Arts was the place to be on Friday night. The up and coming  Kenny Young Band opened the show with a half hour set. They were followed by the award winning blues guitarist Tommy Castro and his band the Pain Killers. Legendary Southern rockers The Outlaws closed out the night with a blistering set that lasted over two hours. 


 The Kenny Young Band, from the shores of Southern New Jersey showed they were ready for bigger stages. The band has a dual lead guitar attack consisting of Joel Saunders and Dante DeFeo. Drummer James Kelly, and bassist Mike Contino make up the rhythm section. Kenny Young adds his talents on vocals and acoustic guitar. The band also had two enthusiastic ladies adding back up vocals for the band. Unfortunately the band did encounter a couple of sound problems. However, they still had the crowd warmed up and ready for more music. 


 “Station ID and played Shoulda' Been Gone”

- Gary Jon, Eclectique live (Jan 13, 2015)

Kenny Young Band set for EP release party in Tuckahoe By DEVIN LORING, Staff Writer Mar 5, 2014

 

After a year of ups and downs, and a lengthy recording process, the Kenny Young Band is finally releasing its first seven-song EP on March 15.

The six-man band is fronted by singer-songwriter Kenny Young, of Tuckahoe, and includes a lineup of new members, including Young's son, Kenny Young IV - or K4, for short.

"We've had a year like you wouldn't believe," Young said. "We've had record label (delays), and changes in the lineup, but now we're ready to do this, we've got a launch date."


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 Kenny Young – Simple Things (CD)

There is no equal to the absolutely sizzling opening that will hit listeners with the beginning of “Where Do We Go From Here”. Any fan of guitar work will appreciate this track, which has a little down-south, Southern rock feel (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alabama) to it. Instead of sticking with a seventies or eighties sound, Kenny Young infuses each of the tracks on “Simple Things” with a current and contemporary feel.“We’ll Find Love Again” calms down the guitars slightly, but allows for a more mainstream sound to dominate. The richness of the composition here benefits considerably through the inclusion of steel guitar, numerous vocal layers, and even different inflections at points. Where the first track had a Southern rock feel to it, “We’ll Find Love Again” is a track that is in the vein of artists like Jimmy Buffett, Warren Zevon, and even Jackson Browne. “Simple Things” continues to impress with the disc’s third effort, “Lay A Rose”. Much more slow in tempo than either “Where Do We Go From Here” or “We’ll Find Love Again”, “Lay A Rose” avoids the pitfall of slower tracks and strips things down to create a very simple and soulful song. “Carousel” shows that middle-disc tracks do not need to be always seen as filler.This is due to the compelling story told with the track. Where the track could comfortably be played on either contemporary country or rock stations, this story is something that all listeners can understand and appreciate. “Midnight Rider” is the final track of “Simple Things”, and even at this late stage, it showcases Kenny Young as an experimental type of guy. This cover of the classic Allman Brothers Band track continues to contain the same vocal hooks that made the original so damn catchy, but Young’s version of the track contains enough grit that even fans of today’s acts like Godsmack or even Stone Sour can love it. Funnily enough, that’s what all of “Simple Things” does.Top Tracks: Where Do We Go From Here, Lay A RoseRating: 8.0/10Kenny Young – Simple Things / 2010 Self / 14 Tracks / http://www.brokenpoets

MTRMedia.com Interview of The Kenny Young Band 11/18/2012

 
MTR: To MTR Readers who may be new to the Kenny Young Band tell us a little about your musical background, how the band formed and its members?


KYB: My father is a guitar player and at a very young age I picked it up and it came pretty natural, In my late teens early twenties I started writing my own music and getting good responses so I just went with it, The current band has been together for about a year and was put together to support my CD but has evolved into an awesome band with a new killer sound....


MTR:  Having lived in the south you don’t think of New Jersey as a hot bed for country/rock bands.  How do local audiences respond to your style of music?


KYB: The response has been overwhelming we do a mixture of country and classic/southern rock covers and most of our request are for KYB songs so we basically do about 60 to 70% originals in our set list. 


MTR:  You debut album Simple Things has gotten airplay across the nation and in Europe.  How did that album come together?


KYB: I gave up playing for awhile to raise my children and in 2005 i decided to go in the studio to record some of my songs just to have them laid out on a recording to have... And the owner of the studio “Thomas Smead” really dug my tunes and ask me if I would be interested in signing to his label “Tommy Naples Music LLC.”, I did and he hired local musicians and we put it together.
MTR:  You did a great version of the Allman Brothers Midnight Rider on your 2011 debut album Simple Things.   Who besides the Allman Brothers who were you influenced by?


KYB: I really loved the southern rock scene growing up and it amazes me how popular those songs are still today, My biggest influences are Lynard Skynard, Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, Molly Hatchet, Charlie Daniels, Waylon Jennings, Hank Jr pretty much that whole scene.


MTR:  I know you have played a lot of venues over the last year but just this past week you played several dates as the opening act for Southern Rock Legend Band “The Outlaws.”  What was that like and how was it working with them and The Painkillers who were also on the bill?


KYB: That whole experience was amazing... Just sharing the stage with the “Outlaws” a band that I have always looked up to and inspired me to be what I am today  was unbelievable...Both the Outlaws and Tommy Castro and the Painkillers were a class act, They treated us like one of them... I had the time of my life and I give them the utmost respect. 


MTR: It’s been over a year since you recorded your debut album Simple Things.  Do you have any plans to get back into the studio sometime soon?


KYB: Yes, We will be back in the studio in December to start recording the next album.
MTR:  is there a working title for the new album?  What are your touring plans after the new album is done?


KYB: No title yet, I figure that will come out on it’s own “lol”, As far as touring we are getting dates together for the spring of 2013, We just want to make sure everything falls into place around the release!


 MTR:  This Saturday November 24th you are performing at the MTRMedia.com’s Hurricane Sandy benefit at the Sandi Point Coastal Bistro which will also be  

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Kenny Young Band. Simple Things.
This album from New Jersey based Kenny Young popped through the door as recently as April and after a couple of listens we put pen to paper. It was only then we discovered the album was actually recorded in 2010. That said Kenny had added a nice hand-written letter to the package and he covers one of Blabber’n’Smoke’s favourite songs so here goes.
A jobbing musician for most of his life this is Young’s debut album so he’s had plenty of time to hone his songwriting and it shows. While he’s not a wordsmith per se he manages to come up with strong verses and choruses that fit well with the muscular delivery of the band be it the jaunty pop of We’ll Find Love Again, the radio friendly ballad Going Home or the pell mell Southern rock’n’roll that is Krazy. While young’s voice can be grits or honey depending on the song the highlight on most of these cuts is the guitar playing of Andy Schlee whose slide playing on Nothing To Hear is indeed a joy to hear. He really lets rip on Strong Man where his solo is reminiscent of vintage Thin Lizzy. While there are some ballads including Waiting which again features some fine playing from Schlee the overall feel is of a band that has its roots firmly in the mid seventies and especially that of the southern Rock bands of that time which takes us to that cover version, Duane Allman’s Midnight Rider. While this doesn’t have the stoner groove of the original it packs a punch and I daresay goes down a treat live.
 

Indie Music Digest Cyrus Rhodes

 New Jersey’s own Kenny Young releases his debut CD in 2010 entitled Simple Things. Influences include but are not limited to - Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC & Allman Brothers.

The CD quickly takes flight with “Where do we go from here” a full tilt rocking guitar groove that serves up driving rock rhythm against slamming solo guitar & well placed harmonies from Young & company. Track 2 “Well Find Love Again” keep thing moving in the right direction with its steady flowing rhythm, hooky chorus, amazing harmonies & straight forward vocal passion from Young. Track 3 shifts gears a bit with its delicate acoustic guitar intro, eventually lending itself into an impressive ballad that flows & ebbs it’s way through to emotional fruition with passionate vocals from Young. The CD makes a great first impression dashing out 3 solid songs in a row. I would classify this music as classic Americana with a strong rockabilly & country, R&B flair. Also along the way you will find flashes of Americana, rock & roll, R&B, & Country. Along the way you will notice lush instrumentation with things like impressive southern rock solo guitar, Hammond Organ chops & keyboard accents, slide guitar, fiddles & lush harmonies layered everywhere. The musicianship of everyone involved is clearly above the bar. One of the most impressive aspects of this band is how well the harmonize together. Now turning our attention over to Young as for his vocal abilities, his voice works extremely well within the confines of this catalogue. Young knows how to push hard, but he also knows how to sit deep within the pocket & sing a song with amazing fluidity. His voice goes down smooth & fills the space peacefully & unobtrusively with an amazing vibrato with a jagged edge. The music reminds me of classic acts like the Eagles, Allman Brothers, & even John Cougar, Bob Segar & Jackson Browne.. All songs are well crafted & consistent across the board. This CD from Young delivers 13 solid tracks. From passionate “Simple Things”, “Pure as Rain” & “Waiting” to striking “Going Home” to slamming “Krazy” to upbeat “Nothing Without You” & “Strong Man” this CD pretty much has something for just about everyone. There’s even a few classic cover songs on their as well like ”Walk Away Renea” (The Left Banke) & “Midnight Rider” (Allman Brothers.)

Track 14 & the Rap segment on Track 1 sound really out of place within the confines of the catalogue – it just sticks out like a sore thumb. It’s fair to say all songs over 4 minutes tend to drag you to the finish line. Overall the catalogue sounds a bit dated, for a 2010 release. It reminds me a lot of some of the rock music popular in the late seventies & early eighties. If it was 1977 this would be a cutting edge musical production. Unfortunately it’s 2011, so the bar is set high for artists like Young. Perhaps Young’s needs to modernize his sound a bit. I also wish Young would really push the emotional envelope a bit harder on some of the finale moments. His vibrato – though impressive is a bit repetitive, predictable & way overly used. I fully understand this is a subjective art form but all of the above does effect the records overall marketability.

From start to finish “Simple Things” is an impressive musical collection from Kenny Young. The music is grooving, upbeat, & entertaining. The songwriting – all consistent musical experiences, each one possessing a unique personality, flair, & signature groove. The writing, playing & singing abilities of Kenny Young & his band are rock solid, the melodies & harmonies are masterful, & the lyrical content is packed to the hilt with conventional wisdom & messages full of whiskey, bar brawls, & all things Americana. Last but not least the vocal presence & persona of Kenny Young is something folks in smoked filled establishments across the country will die for.
 

Flyingshoes Review John Davy

 The Kenny Young Band hail from New Jersey and play countrified rock with a distinctive Southern twist. An unlikely cover of Walk Away Renee hints at a history of earning a crust playing crowd pleasers and, if this example is anything to go by, they really know what they’re about. The restrained vocal lets the heartbreak story shine through, whilst the glorious soaring tune gets a guitar band arrangement that suits it down to the ground. The other cover on this album is more indicative of where this band’s heart is. Greg Allman and Kim Payne’s Midnight Rider sounds really good, complete with authentic harmonising vocals as per proper Southern Rock. Andy Schlee has fun with his guitar part, sliding with dirt and fuzz all over the tune, and it’s not the only chance he gets to do his Allmans tribute act.

Kenny Young’s own songs are plenty strong enough to be in this company, drawing on a variety of styles but certainly having quite a strong 70s air (in the best possible way) – formative years shine through, I guess. I can’t find any sign that he has plans to make it over to the UK though the fact this disc (from 2010) recently appeared in the post suggests there’s something afoot. Well worth checking out, anyway, because this is solidly entertaining fare from a real craftsman.

John Davy 

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KYB Play the Jersey Strong - Hurricane Sandy Benefit

 Help us help the residents of Atlantic County

Saturday November 24, 2012 1pm to 5pm

Sandi Point Coastal Bistro

908 Shore Rd

Somers Point, NJ 08244

$30 Per Person All You Can Eat

Entertainment including:

Joe Conklin The Man of a Thousand Voices

Kenny Young Band

The Kid From Brooklyn

Silent Auction

Cash Bar

Buy Tickets 

Super Fundraiser provides relief to Sandy

 PETERSBURG – The Country Shore Women's Club held a charity benefit on Sunday, Nov. 25 at Levari's Tavern in Petersburg to help organizations that are providing relief to our neighbors affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The members of the women’s club were approached by David Levari,who had a venue but wanted an organization to help run the benefit. They put their heads together to come up with plans for Sunday’s event. It was a unique opportunity for community outreach, which is what this women's club is all about.

The number of gifts donated by local businesses for the auction was outnumbered only by the number of people who attended. Cars were parked all along Tuckahoe Road and Rt. 50. You would think they were giving something away.

Well, there was giving going on, the recipients being Ocean City, NJ Cleanup and Recovery Effort (C.A.R.E.), the Hurricane Sandy Sea Isle Relief Fund, the Atlantic City Teachers United Coordinated Community efforts to help students and their families and the Wildwood Hurricane Relief Fund: the Lunch with Lynch Foundation.

All who attended were also asked to bring dry food donations which will be distributed to the Community Food Pantry at the Church of the Resurrection in Marmora and the Ocean City Ecumenical Food Cupboard at St. Peter's Methodist Church.

Upon arriving I said hello to Dave and Kathy Mason who were enjoying the generous buffet, then saw Bob and Lee Anne Harre too. When I saw Hobie Young walk in I knew members of the Upper Township Storm football team had to be in the house. They are always ready to help support a good cause.

One dollar draft beers kept Barb Piccoli busy behind the bar where I sat for a moment with Roger Howell. "It's nice to help our neighbors," he told me, "for those of us who suffered little or no damage its nice to give back." We were soon joined by Paul Grant and John and Rose Millar.

Kathy Babnew and Mary LeFever of the Upper Township School District were also there, as was Frank and Liz Conrad. I told Liz I was seeing the movie “Life of Pi” with my daughter Michelle and she and Susan Skeels asked me to give a movie review.

Jennifer Jamison, a librarian at the Venice Park School in Atlantic City, heard about the benefit and asked Jill Clark if they could be included. The students sent pictures and wrote short essays of their experiences witnessing their first big storm and these were displayed around the room.

"The water just kept rising and rising so we had to leave our house," wrote one student. The pictures told a thousand words.

If you have an event you would like "In the Spotlight" email deborah.patterson@catamaranmedia.com or call 624-8900, ext 249. 

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Posted: Wednesday, March 5, 2014 12:01 am

By DEVIN LORING, Staff Writer

After a year of ups and downs, and a lengthy recording process, the Kenny Young Band is finally releasing its first seven-song EP on March 15.

The six-man band is fronted by singer-songwriter Kenny Young, of Tuckahoe, and includes a lineup of new members, including Young's son, Kenny Young IV - or K4, for short.

"We've had a year like you wouldn't believe," Young said. "We've had record label (delays), and changes in the lineup, but now we're ready to do this, we've got a launch date."

The local band plays country and southern rock originals, genres that Young has always loved, although he is from the northeast.

"I was born and raised in Tuckahoe," Young said. "I have always just loved Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, The Outlaws - and (playing southern rock) just fell into what I did."

Dante DeFeo, of Vineland, has been the longest standing member of the Kenny Young Band, at two years and counting.

"I've never had more fun then I've had in the past two years of my career," DeFeo said. "There've been ups and downs, but it's been a really positive and exciting experience."

DeFeo is a musician by trade, and now plays lead guitar for the Kenny Young Band. Although his background, DeFeo said, is more akin to the Allman Brothers, he said his jazz and blues background meshed well with the southern rock sound of the Kenny Young Band.

"Kenny is pure southern rock," DeFeo said. "For me to make transition into his band was seamless."

Both Young and DeFeo have recorded music before, but the EP will be a first for the band.

The CD release party will be at Levari's Seafood and American Grill and will feature openers from Millville, Cheezy and the Crackers, who play original reggae and hip hop songs.

"It should be a very good mixer that night," Young said "Between reggae and southern rock - when does that ever happen?"

The band is excited to finally release the EP that has been so long in the making. In addition, DeFeo said the band will debut a few new songs that aren't on the record, including one he wrote over the winter.

"I'm tickled to death, I can't wait," DeFeo said. "It's going to be a wonderful experience. We're excited to play out again, and were excited to see our fans again."

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