Where do I begin? I feel like I tumbled out of the womb with music coursing through my veins, and that along with heart, soul, blood and bone, my little baby body arrived prepackaged with rhythm, melody and a fascination with sound. I graduated frombanging on pots and pans to playing actual music when I was 3 years old, and began performing when I was 8! I’ve been described as a singer-songwriter and maestro of guitar, banjo, mandolin (I love anything with strings), influenced by Darrell Scott, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck and Tony Rice – heroes one and all. I can get eclectic, too – doing the occasional metal tune, Foo Fighters, Allman Brothers Band, etc. Times change, though, and I’m not sure this description fits me anymore. A person of considerable influence in my life recently described the tunes on my new solo CD as “Music of a New Era” and this feels right to me. Maybe it’s because I’m now working with infusing intention into my music, the results of which feel like something altogether my own, or more “me” than anything else I’ve created musically. After studying under Grammy-nominated Sound Master Jonathan Goldman, I feel I’ve discovered a whole new way of working with music and sound, to the point where one of my sidelines involves working with sound in a healing capacity. I call it Sonic Reiki. As performances and venues go, I was proud to perform, as part of Voxology, at the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics and to open for such renowned acts as Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton and the Alison Brown Quartet. I’ve enjoyed playing numerous gigs at colleges and universities, including Bucknell, Penn State and Cornell, to name a few, and just about every festival a stick can be shaken at from Arkansas to New York, such as Ohio’s Funk-N-Groove Music Spectacular, Spoutwood Farm’s Fairie Festival and Harrisburg’s Kipona Arts Festival. As for bragging rights, I have a nice collection of awards from the Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, MD, having won first place in the Male Vocal and Old-Time Banjo contests and four first place prizes in the Guitar competition. Another pride and joy of mine is the Neidig Guitar Studio, established 15 years ago in Mechanicsburg, PA, where I teach guitar and mandolin to a roster of talented and inspiring students. Recordings: Kevin Neidig—Abstract and to the Point 2006 Kevin Neidig—Color Breathing Meditation 2005 Kevin Neidig—Yahweh Meditation 2005 Voxology—Someday Soon 2003 Voxology—Under the Covers 2001 Voxology—Voxology 1999 Junk—Grab your Junk 1997 Inursha—Uncalibrated Parameters 1996 Inursha—No patience at 95 Degrees 1994
Kevin Neidig - Guitar, Banjo, Bass, Octave Mondolin
People have been asking me for a solo cd for sometime now. This cd is not the finished product but is a demo of some of the tunes that will be on the final disc.