Bio

Bob Kendall

Bob Kendall is a singer/songwriter living on Aquidneck Island, RI.  He's the founding member of the Boston based bands; Lifeboat, The Blood Oranges and The Brothers Kendall. BK also collaborated with brother Greg "Skeg" on music in the films “Bandwagon”, “The Unbelievable Truth” and “Drive Me Crazy”. In 2002,  he released his first solo record “Enough is Enough” on his own Kentonerecords label. That same year, he played the Newport Folk Festival when Bob Dylan returned.  Bob is currently recording and producing Allysen Callery's latest projects. He released the recording “Midnight Flower” on 75orless Records in 2012 and this recording is a collection of songs that he had written over the past decade. It was self produced and recorded in his backyard Shed studio and mixed and fixed by Kraig Jordan and Pete Weiss.  The title track, “Midnight Flower” features vocals by Tanya Donelly (Belly, Throwing Muses, The Breeders).  Donelly released her own version of  the song "Midnight Flower" on her Swan Song Series III release.  Muses drummer, David Narcizo, once again provides his trademark style of hypnotic rhythms throughout the record. 

Kendall describes his songs as “telling tales of recrimination and self-deception”.  In June 2014, Kendall released recordings by producer Paul Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Fort Apache) on 75orLess Records. Kendall's band is also featured on the recent release of  The Spindle City Gram Parsons Tribute. (Narrows Center for the Arts) The band members are; Dave Narcizo, Rafael Attias, Chuck Ciany, Kevin Zahm, Dan Wright and secret weapon, Skeg Kendall.  Kendall will also have songs featured in the film "The Opposite Sex" aka "A Bet's a Bet" to be released in 2014/2015.  Kendall has also recently teamed up with Kraig Jordan again to play the music of "Stanatron".

 Kendall sites numerous musical influences and has been compared to: The Kinks, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Strummer, Ian Hunter, Wilco, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, Gram Parsons, The Velvet Underground, Steve Earle, John Prine- Paul Westerberg.

Notable opening shows:-  Newport Folk Festival 2002, The Replacements, REM, Gang of Four, The Feelies, The db's, Psychedelic Furs, The Go-Betweens, Big Country, Love Tractor, Billy Bragg, 10,000 Maniacs  Marshall Crenshaw, Robyn Hitchcock ,  Billy Bragg, Natalie Merchant, Buffalo Tom, Ollabelle, Jim Lauderdale, John Doe, Tony Trishka, Zoe Muth, Yo La Tengo, Simon Townshend, Autumn Defense, BNL.

"Kendall's wistful vocals capture the ache of not belonging in your parents' world anymore. A piercing depiction of suburban teenage boredom" - Rolling Stone Magazine

"The two genres of Americana and British Invasion come together on this record and when combined with Kendall’s inimitable voice, the result is positively electric” - The Noise- Boston

"Song after song, Kendall delivers performances that are moving, energetic, and engaging". - Worcester Telegram and Gazette