When you hear the new single “Wind It Up” by critically acclaimed veteran artist Kevin Lee and his experienced group of musicians, the words that come to mind are “Big Hook and Chunky Guitars”, but that is not all, this track is what true Rock & Roll is meant to be.
The song is based on a foundation of pure groove and rhythm, taking the listener on a fun filled, action packed roller coaster joy ride. The Guitars of Kevin Lee & Michael Kurtz and Bass work of Patti Prendergas create a full blown fury of mind blowing sound with anon-stop heart beat built on powerhouse percussion of Erik Strommer is, in itself a joy to experience, add to that the lyrical majesty of Kevin’s voice just make it all come together perfectly.
It is no wonder that they make this possible, here is some back story on the bands unique individual members.
Kevin Lee and the Lonesome City Kings were signed to MCA in 1992, the band’s first single “Standing in the Line of Fire” was chosen for an NBA All Stars Video and used in the movie “A Dangerous Woman.” Lee released his first solo album “Walk A Mile In My Shoes” in 1998 on Bubblehaus Records. In 2002 Kevin released the critically acclaimed CD “Loaded” on Chicago-based Big Blast Records. In 2006 Lee released “Flip the Switch” on Sigus Records. In 2010 Lee released “Dusk Till Dawn” on Sigus Records featuring his trademark songwriting with big hooks, chunky guitars, and melodies that can’t be forgotten. The song “Time Won’t Stand Still” hit #1 at WMWX in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2013 the album “Breakout” was released and Lee was voted one of the best Chicago artist’s by the Illinois Entertainer. Lee was voted best new artist by Fireworks Magazine UK in 2007. Lee toured as the opening act playing multiple 20,000 plus seat arenas for REO, Cheap Trick, Pearl Jam, Lou Gramm, and Matthew Sweet. Kevin’s song “Tonight” was featured in the 2016 major film release “Spaceman”, a baseball odyssey film starring Josh Duhamel and W. Earl Brown.
Raised on Page, Hendrix & Gilmour. Michael played to packed venues night after night with local favorites Madfox. He then went on the release of multiple albums with Bombs Away, Holy Moses, & Dark Star artists Haf Bitten Moon. Opening for such notables as Cheap Trick, John Mellencamp & UFO, Michael brings a lifetime of stage and studio experience to the Kings.
Patti first made her mark with original recording and international touring artist’s Bitch who later changed their name to Tough Love. Moving on she worked with Mad Hatter, Decadence, Demolition Dolls, Hag, and Burning Bridges. A true rocker Patti’s stage presence and high energy show are a perfect fit for the Kings.
An East coast native Erik got his start in Rhode Island recording albums and playing live with such notables as Broken Arrows, Toadhouse, THUMB, & Catfish Hunter. At this point Strommer decided to move to Chicago in 1996. His mates in THUMB followed and changed their name to EARSHOT. After playing several shows the band called it quits and Erik joined Captain Hero who played high profile gigs like the Metro and Mancow in the morning. After answering a drummer wanted ad in 2007 Erik’s been playing his signature groove with Kevin Lee & the Kings ever since.
This not just a band to watch, but a band to adore.
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