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Lonely Street

Bap Kennedy

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Album Review

Belfast singer/songwriter Bap Kennedy dedicates Lonely Street to two influential vocalists from the southern U.S.: country great Hank Williams, Sr. and rock & roll pioneer Elvis Presley. Some might find it strange that an Irish artist would claim Williams as a major inspiration, but in fact, it's quite logical. Country, like bluegrass and Anglo-American folk, was heavily influenced by the Celtic traditions that Irish and Scottish immigrants brought to the U.S., so it makes perfect sense that a Belfast native would hold Williams in such high regard. Lonely Street, however, isn't a hardcore country album; rather, it is a pop/rock album that contains country and folk elements. The most overtly country sounding thing on the CD is "Drunk on the Blood of Christ," which was inspired by Williams' country-gospel standard "I Saw the Light." And Kennedy obviously had Williams in mind when he wrote "Hank's Last Waltz" and "Elvis, Hank, and Me." But again, Lonely Street isn't meant to be an album of pure, unadulterated honky-tonk; it's primarily a pop/rock outing, and Kennedy sounds like he has been listening to everyone from Bob Dylan and Paul Simon to the Grateful Dead. Kennedy, who wrote everything on this disc, is a fine storyteller, and on originals like "Gladys and Vernon," "Good Times on Franklin Road," and "Lonesome Lullaby," he shows us how moving his stories can be. Lonely Street reminds us that Kennedy is an artist of depth.

Customer Reviews

WELL PLAYED

Great album from a criminally underrated artist. Buy 'em all.

The BEST

Highly underrated indeed!

Definitely underrated

Moonlight Kiss is the song that my wife and I had for our first dance at our wedding... Great song

Biography

Born: June 17, 1962 in Belfast, Ireland

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Irish-born singer and songwriter Bap Kennedy has won a global audience for his music, which fuses elements of folk and rock with a decidedly Celtic world view. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland on June 17, 1962, Martin "Bap" Kennedy got his start in music when he was 16, playing in a short-lived punk rock band called Sellout. Several years later, Kennedy joined a band called the Bankrobbers, and when Kennedy and a few of his bandmates teamed up with members of another Belfast outfit, Ten Past Seven,...
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