kevin dooley - singer-songwriter n songsmith -acoustic,-steel guitar,-bouzouki ....roadie n driver

   From the Front Range of the Colorado Rockies.Full time musician/teacher/ who’s ”treehouse",CD Sept 2015 (seventh of his career)  spent time on Richard Gillman's,National Folk Chart in the Top 100 (#64) and is still getting very strong play ,both in the US and around the world .In Jan 2016 it was a Top Pick on the European Roots Charts and also  #1 on  The Belgian Roots charts !! . Topping the Reverb Nation Americana Charts and the Colorado Roots charts as well !! The song Willoughby won a prestigious award of excellence from the Akademia in Hollywood CA in the Americana/Folk category 

      Award winning Austin Texas Songwriter and Producer  ,Tommy Byrd said its a "  damn good record "!!

        Remo Ricaldone of The Italian Music Press said this in his review (translated from the Italian)  ..." “Treehouse” is the ninth album of Kevin Dooley’s discography, a musician from Colorado who has "handcrafted" a perfectly balanced "little jewel" between folk and country music. Kevin wrote all ten songs on the disc, he produced ‘em, recorded and painted the beautiful cover: in short a project with a remarkable personality, great taste and the joy of sharing the passion for the roots with friends and colleagues along the way. The album’s ‘fil rouge’ is, inevitably, the journey, a true icon in american literature, music and cinema in a series of sketches conceived between the States and Great Britain alternating melodies absolutely worthy of being reported for their purity and pleasantness. Travel friends are two veterans of the Subdudes adventure, accordion player John magnie and percussionist Steve Amedee that contribute in coloring these songs in a very masterly way, fiddler (and mandolin player) Alex Johnstone is a real stealer of these sessions and Steve Mullins and Bret Billings with acoustic guitars that form an inspired and soft a sound carpet. Kevin Dooley takes us by the hand with his personal voice and his work on acoustic guitar and bouzouki, always showing a warm rural feeling, simple and tremendously effective. “Happy By This Roadside” opens this route with an intro that reminds me John Mellencamps’ “Lonesome Jubilee” and a delightful approach in which the fiddle does the lion’s share. “Feel The Wheel”, “Drive”, “Kerouac Tree” and “The Road Home”, already from the titles, look like chapters of a travel notebook and they involve even in the instrumental point of view with excellent interweaving of acoustic intruments that owe much to the Colorado ‘grassy’ tradition (and not by chance the album is dedicated to the seminal figure of Charles Sawtelle). Of note there’s also “Willoughby” with its british footprint, the ode to the mountains of “Billy The Mountain” and the clear “Home By Feel”, more items of interest of a disc surprising in many ways and played excellently. 

   "Brilliant" David Tonberg Caithness FM Scotish Highlands  Americana Roots and Snakeskin Boots 

         The Boulder Marquee Magazine said "works on a sunny front porch or in a smoky juke joint ... a voice between Waits and Hiatt"  . Very "strong songwriting and arrangements" 

        " a favorite for 2015" #1 for Jan ...Freddy Celis Belgium Rootstime Magazine/Music Charts

         Rodger O'Hara at  Denvers Celtic Connection called it "a soundtrack to a Jack Kerouac movie" " Excellent work" 

            Mike Pensard Radio ISA Lyon France  ... first listen to treehouse CD "Kevin's (guitar and voice)are  the perfect vehicle for his songs that seem to come from an old catalog , kind of a celtic americana...the guitar and mandolin plays are a pure pleasure ...I particularly like The Road Home" ...can't stop listening"

        Old friend Tim O'Brien has said  " kevin successfully marries the soul of acoustic with the range of rock "  

        DJ " ruby slippers" KJMR in Nevada City CA said "... timeless songs.. his new songs seem old... a "rare" front porch added to this treehouse " 

   Very extensive play all over the US. The new CD was on numerous "Best of 2015 lists from California to Scotland . The song Willoughby won an Award of Excellence from The Akademia in Hollywood CA in the Americana/Folk category . It was also listed by DJs in their top 10 songs for the year as well as Willoughby (#7) Feel the Wheel (#4) and The Road Home in France was in steady rotation.

                the "treehouse" CD is now available in the UK at FISH Records.

    Special thanks to Rob Ellen at The Medicine Show n Flying Shoes Music Review, UK House Concert Hub in Nairn Scotland for including me in on their label and with PR and tour support for future visits!!!

    Treehouse is a very comfy and high quality home recording ,tracked in the treehouse without the use of a click track .10 new original songs recorded and arranged with help my good friends John Magnie and Steve Amedee from the subdudes ,mandolin fiddle wizard Alex T Johnstone - Rapid Grass and Spring Creek ) Longtime gigging buddy Eric Drobny on upright bass and harmonys. Flamenco master Dr Steve Mullins guitar and cajon . Bret Billings on harp and weisennborn from Halden Wofford and the High Beams . X bandmate Beth Gadbaw from Take Down the Door sings a harmony

 .    All tunes mixed n mastered by the ever subtle James Tuttle !!!  ( E-Town/Airshow) 

      Available on CD Baby, I Tunes ,Apple Music ,Standing O Project Spotify etc

      Kevin's previous CD (2010) “ moonlight highway" reached #19 on The FAR Chart. Topped Colorado Americana Charts and great play in Texas.Co produced with Todd Adelman at Mountain House Studio near Nederland Colorado.   It featured great originals and favorite covers! Awesome players, including the legendary Gurf Morlix, crazy good Casey Driessen, soulful  subdudes,upright bass monster Eric Thorin and Marshall Crenshaw drummer Diego Voglino ,Bret Billings from Halden Wofford and The High Beams and The Kesslerette's.

     Songs for a new CD in 2019 are now in preproduction 

       Current career emphasis is on writing and recordng .  Touring less of late tho that’s may change next year Still playing regularly at small venues,house concerts,occasional large halls , occasional brew pub, busking on pearl street mall in Boulder and small festivals in the summer. Toured Texas in April and The Midwest as well another tour of Europe where many of the songs on the new CD were written Is being planned. Will beattending The Southwest Gegional Folk Alliance in Austin Sept 2018 to look for tours in the US and abroad 

    Over the years Kevin has  performed on numerous prestigious Main Stage's: :

Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, Telluride Blues Festival ( past winner of The Crossroads Acoustic Blues Award),Yellowstone Music Fest, Swallow Hill Folk Festival (and also opened a sold out show for Chris Smither there) Paonia Roots,Colorado and Wyoming Celtic Festivals and more. Colorado Blues Society ,Best of Colorado. Toured all over the US and also Ireland and the UK. Opened shows for legends like Leon Russell, Bo Diddley and Pinetop Perkins also contemporary's like :,Catie Curtis,John Smith,Vance Gilbert,Buddy Mondlock,John Gorka and more . Taught for several years at The Folks Fest song school at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons Colorado and has organized "songwriter in the round" events at numerous locations with his songwriting friend Chuck Pyle and others at HB Woodsongs , The Bader House Series Mojo's Music and now at Larrys Guitars occasionally .

      In the nature of little remembered factiods: He once played with Leftover Salmon's Drew Emmitt and Mark Vann in a trio called The Gather ( they both played on Kevin's first CD recorded in the basement of HB Woodsongs on Broadway in Boulder with Marty Peters, Brock Edwards,Steve Mullins , Anthony Johnson, Julie Hoest, John Stanley and Dennis Burns ) They did "corporate" gigs together in off times with Leftover as well as  with his longtime friends John Magnie ,Steve Amedee and Tim Cook from the subdudes,also Rob  "puna" Galloway ( navarro ) and Bray Ghilia and Rick Roberts from Firefall. Kevin's great friend Charles Sawtelle helped him get his home studio together and the Hot Rize Band played at The Grange Hall in his hometown of Niwot where He and Dr Banjo ( Pete Wernick) often chatted at the Post Office . Iowa songwriter Greg Brown and Kevin taught together at The Rocky Mountain Song Scool at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons for several years . They developed a great friendship and exchanged letters for sometime until life just got too busy . Greg announced from the Folk Fest stage that he wrote his song " My famous friends don't write me anymore" for Kevin ... gotta love that guy ❤️

      Got to hang with James Taylor ....twice in Telluride! What a gifted talented humble and awesome human  ! Kind man ! ❤️

      ***Shook the hand of Louis Satchmo Armstrong, before a gig at Albion College . His Dad introduced him as the the band was changing in the men's locker room and he was the basketball coach at Albion ❤️❤️ 

      Kevin performs numerous benefits annually for : The Mesa Vista Center in Boulder ,Hospice -Boulder/GoldHill, ALS and Conscious Alliance .

    Happy trails .... may the road rise up to meet ya    

                                                           Slainthe !!☘


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