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“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's music
blurs the line between the personal and the political, just like real life does.
His new CD Next Time We Meet contains both dagger-sharp insights and
heartfelt reassurances, often within the same song, and always set to melodies
that let the listener feel each swoop and soar of emotion.
The CD has already been heard across the US and Canada, reaching #5 on the Folk-DJ chart.
Next Time We Meet also celebrates life and love, especially that of Terry's
longtime friend and bandmate Bill Kuhlman, who passed away from cancer in 2018.
(The cover photo shows the 2 of them at an early band gig, Terry in red, Bill in blue.)
The title song, while personal, also illuminates a universal truth: that we're just
not programmed to accept that we only get one chance at life.
Luckily, within each life we get countless opportunities to live, love and grow.
The people and stories on Next Time We Meet are breathed to life by
Kitchen's nuanced, intimate vocals and distinctive, chiming guitar.
Each song is a unique soundscape, fleshed out by rich harmonies (from Mara
Levine, Amy Malkoff and Deede Bergeron) and spare instrumental touches from
Bob Harris (mandolin), Jackie Damsky (fiddle), Roger Williams (Dobro) and
Kitchen's own Dylan-esque harmonica.
The songs range from gently driving bluegrass (Melanie, How Many Horses) to
classic protest folk (Party on the Roof, White Lung) to midnight confessional
(The Times We Almost Kissed) to edgy, ironic pop (Empty Mansion).
Closing the album is an open-tuned arrangement of the Beatles' Norwegian Wood,
also a nod to Kitchen's deep musical history with his childhood friend.
Next Time We Meet follows Kitchen's live/covers collection Rubies in the Dust,
which reached #23 on the national Folk-DJ airplay chart. His 2017 CD The Quiet Places includes
Enjoy It While It Lasts, which reached #8 most-played song on Folk-DJ.
Featuring Mara Levine on harmony, Bob Harris on mandolin, Don Barry on bass, Roger Williams on Dobro,
Sam Dechenne on trumpet, and Barry Singer on clarinet, the album also includes a timely cover of the
ecologically-themed Nature's Way, originally by the band Spirit. Kitchen's 2015 album
The Post-American Century (#19 on Folk-DJ) features Sequel, Kitchen's update of Paul Simon's
America, and Eternity, his touching duet with Mara Levine. In concert, the
intensity of Kitchen's subjects and songcraft is offset by his quietly engaging stage presence
and ironic humor.
In addition to his music and songwriting, Terry is also an occasional author.
COPING MECHANISMS, his first collection of short stories, is now available as an ebook from Amazon.
His debut novel NEXT BIG THING (2013), which received 4 stars from the San Francisco Book Review, is available as a paperback, ebook, and audiobook.
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) and G.I.T. in Hollywood, 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, Rebecca Lynch, Andrew Dunn, and Janet Feld.
Terry also leads songwriting workshops and is the coordinator of the
NSAI Boston workshop.
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.
Together 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 Troubadour Acoustic Concert Series, the Hurdy Gurdy Concert Series, 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 and South Florida folk festivals.
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.