“One of New Englands best songwriters”
- Craig Harris, Boston Globe
“Terry Kitchen is definitely a cut above with his eye for detail and unique song ideas. With a keen sense of melody,
Terry’s songs truly deliver and take the listener on an emotional ride!”
- Jeff Pearson, The Bluebird Cafe
“Terry Kitchens songs are portraits of ordinary people and emotions, captured with extraordinary compassion, honesty and humor. A talented writer.”
- Richard Middleton, Victory Review
“Terry tackles tough personal subjects with generosity of vision.”
- Scott Alarik, Boston Globe
“Terry Kitchen's songs deftly reveal the human heart in all its grace and contradictions.”
- Si Kahn
“Terry Kitchen picks up where Elvis Costello and Tom Waits merge and leave off.”
- Vance Gilbert
Terry Kitchen is a musical storyteller, and more.
Award-winning Boston contemporary folk singer/songwriter Terry Kitchen is a captivating musical storyteller, with his tales of ordinary people facing life's myriad challenges with extraordinary grace, strength and dignity.
But he's just as interested in why we do what we do - the story behind the story.
His keen eye for detail, fearless emotional honesty, and deep empathy for his subjects combine with his skills as a singer, composer, and guitarist to take the listener on a journey deep inside the human heart.
Kitchen's latest CD The Quiet Places includes eleven new takes on our emotional state, from celebrating the small-but-important victories ("Enjoy It While It Lasts"), to keeping faith in our current hard times ("Seeds"), to coming to terms with even our darkest failures (the harrowing child abuse ballad "The Kid Behind the Wall").
Also included is Kitchen's update of the '60s environmental anthem "Nature's Way," because the state of the heart becomes irrelevant if we kill the planet first.
The Quiet Places follows Kitchen's 2015 CD The Post-American Century, which reached #19 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart while receiving glowing reviews, and the new album again features an array of talented musicians augmenting Kitchen's intimate voice and guitar.
Singers include Mara Levine ("Enjoy It While It Lasts," "Seeds"), Amy Malkoff ("The Quiet Places"), Rebecca Lynch ("She's Already Cried") and Deirdre Bergeron ("It's OK to Be Afraid").
Players include mandolinist Bob Harris, who toured with Johnny Cash and Vassar Clements, dobroist Roger Williams, Sam Dechenne (the smoky trumpet solo on "Jericho"), Don Barry (upright bass), and reed player Barry Singer and drummer Chris Peeler from Kitchen's '80s band Loose Ties.
Stylistically, Kitchen ranges from uptempo bluegrass to Pete Seeger-esque folk to hushed confessional ballads, and he even incorporates jazz and swing rhythms into the flow.
Lyrically, Kitchen gets inside his characters in the space of a few lines, whether the boy-to-soldier transition of "It's OK to Be Afraid" or the jaded wandering minstrel of "The Bar Harbor Full Sail Downeast Acadia Windjammer Sunset Cruise," and the listener comes away with a new sense of understanding.
In concert, the intensity of Kitchen's subjects and songcraft is offset by his quietly engaging stage presence and ironic humor.
Terry Kitchen was born in New Jersey, and grew up in Easton, PA on the music
of the 1960s before moving to small town Findlay, Ohio in the '70s. He attended
Occidental College in LA (with Barack Obama), then moved to Boston where he
played in the '80s rock band Loose Ties (the basis for his novel NEXT BIG THING)
before realizing that acoustic music was the most natural setting for his
distinctive narrative songwriting.
For the past twenty-five years he has performed on the New England and
national folk scenes at clubs and coffeehouses including Club Passim and The
Nameless Coffeehouse in Massachusetts, The Postcrypt Coffeehouse and Cafe
Lena in New York, Godfrey Daniels in PA and The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville,
and at festivals including Falcon Ridge, the South Florida Folk Festival, VT
Solarfest, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival.
He's appeared in 20 states,
including Texas, California and Alaska, and Canada. He's released twelve CDs,
and his songs have appeared in numerous films. His songs have won the Mid-
Atlantic and USA song contests and been runner-up in the John Lennon Song
Contest and been recorded by Barbara Kessler, Mara Levine, Andrew Dunn, and Janet Feld.
Terry also leads songwriting workshops and is the NSAI Boston workshop coordinator.
In addition to performing as a solo artist, Terry and New Jersey folksinger
Mara Levine perform as the contemporary folk harmony duo Terry Kitchen & Mara Levine.
They perform an eclectic selection of Terry's songs, songs from Mara's solo recordings,
and songs they love from the folk and folk-rock traditions.
They began performing together in 2008 and released a duo EP in 2012.
They've appeared together at the Minstrel Coffeehouse, Godfrey Daniels,
the People's Voice Cafe, the Borderline Folk Music Club, the Rockwood Music Hall
(as part of John Platt's On Your Radar series), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
For more on Terry and Mara, visit terrykitchenmaralevine.com.
Terry Kitchen is a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council's Touring
Artists Program. The MCC, in partnership with the New England Foundation for
the Arts, makes funds available to organizations that present Touring Artists.
www.creativeground.org for how to apply for funding for a Terry Kitchen performance.