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Kenefick was formed from an acoustic duo that Marty Wells and former member David Fahl started in the spring of 2000 in Houston, Texas. Quintin Watts, who didn’t play an instrument, but had an excellent voice and was a great showman, soon joined them. Marty and Quintin had cut their teeth together entertaining folks at BBQ and Chili Cookoffs for their cookoff team, “Planet Texas”. Their showmanship skills won many awards for Planet Texas, including the CASI Terlingua International Chili Championship. So it was a natural fit for Quintin to join up with Marty. Glenn Byrd was invited to join the band within weeks as a lead guitar player. (Marty and Glenn are both Southwest Texas State University grads) By the summer, Kenefick had a name, Steve Shirk had signed on as the bass player, and Keith Quinones had joined as drummer. David and Glenn were complimenting each other on lead acoustic and lead electric. Marty was playing some strong acoustic rhythm guitar. Quintin was free to move around and focus on showmanship, and Marty and Quintin were creating some fine vocal combinations. The band then started hosting Joe Parson’s River Oaks Redneck Jam at Blancos every few weeks, and worked out from there to other venues around Houston. Throughout 2000 and 2001, the members of the band wrote several songs that have been enthusiastically embraced by a growing following. In the spring of 2001, Marty decided it was time to record, but didn’t know the first thing about it. He consulted with a friend of his, Roger Creager, about the process and how to get it done. Roger had heard Kenefick play, opening for him at the Planet Texas Cookoff Team tent at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo BBQ Cookoff. (Roger has played for Planet Texas every year for the past 5 years) Roger strongly encouraged Marty to contact Lloyd Maines to do the project. Marty took Roger’s advice, and after sending tapes of his original music to Lloyd Maines, was able to schedule some time in Cedar Creek Studio in Austin Texas with Lloyd and his protégé, Adam Odor. Kenefick continued to play around the Houston area at venues like The Firehouse, Blancos, The Hideaway Club, and even became a regular at Ropers in Sealy, Texas. Kenefick was also invited to play the KORA Back Porch Show at The Dixie Chicken in College Station by Corbin MacClain. It was a tremendous success, and the next week Kenefick went to Austin to record. After working with Kenefick for a couple of days on rhythm tracks, and taking a good listen to the existing Kenefick arrangements for their songs, Lloyd decided that we were in very good hands with Adam Odor to do most of the rest of the work. Lloyd would pop in the mornings and evenings to check on, and review our progress. He didn’t have to do much from a production standpoint, because Adam Odor was doing an excellent job, and took very good care of the band. Adam and Lloyd both encouraged us to use our own creative juices, and sound natural. The result was a huge success. On the CD, of the 12 tracks (and one ghost track) 10 are original. One track, Maple On The Hill, written by Gussie Davis, is a very old bluegrass song that is in the public domain. It was popular as far back as the 1920’s and Joe Parsons would sing it when he was in Europe with his brothers in arms during WWII. He now sings it at Blancos during his River Oaks Redneck Jams as a sing along with the crowd. Kenefick recorded Joe singing with the crowd, and then faded in a real bluegrass version of the song on the CD. As a tribute to Joe for helping out so many local musicians, Kenefick invited others up to participate in the recording. The Tequila Cowboys, FCo, and Clay Farmer are some of the fine musicians making guest appearances on the track. Another track, Head Over Heels, is the only true cover song. It was written and recorded by one of the most successful bands in Canada, Blue Rodeo. However, not too many people know of Blue Rodeo in the US, and definitely don’t know that song. It provides for some good vocal harmonies, so it fit well with Kenefick. The ghost track, “Cows Y’all”, was recorded on a whim and was not meant to be on the CD. However, it came out so good and funny, that Lloyd Maines suggested we include it as a ghost track. It’s a parody on the Baha Men’s “Who Let The Dogs Out”. Quintin Watts wrote the lyrics. The rest of the CD is a good mix of different types of country, and country rock music. You will hear influences from many parts of the spectrum. There are some Ray Price shuffles, and some Eagles style country rock songs. There is a very mournful acoustic song with some strong dobro work from Lloyd Maines. Long Night In Galveston, is a long story song about a domestic tragedy. The CD is a very good listen because the songs are all catchy, melodious, and different. It’s a very fresh sound for Texas Country Music. Since recording the CD, Kenefick has added a pedal steel player and is sounding better than ever. The Firehouse asked Kenefick to become its house band, and they accepted. Kenefick can still be heard regularly at The Firehouse in Houston. In addition to playing around Houston, Kenefick will kick off touring around the state in the month of November. All members of Kenefick are based in the Houston, Texas area. For booking information, call 713-444-0524 OR email [email protected]

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Average Rating : 0              Total Reviews: 75


Kenefick  05/17/2004            
Sad Lady
I thought "there goes the neighborhood" when Marty Wells left Kenefick. Now I hear Q-Daddy has left. This really is a collector's item now. Buy 'em while you can. This was one of the best CD's (and bands) of the past 5 years. No kidding!
Kenefick  12/30/2003            
Marty Wells
Wow. What a dissertation. Sounds like a closet music critic to me. Well, after reading some of these recent "reviews"...I thought I should put in my two cents...course it will probably be longer than the last review when I'm done. First off, I'd like to thank all of the fans and friends for your great support over the past 3 1/2 years. (yes, even the one that insulted "Hard Road") I founded Kenefick and managed it for 3 years. The band is named after the town my family lives in. I also funded and pretty much drove the recording of "Hard Road". I am VERY PROUD of that record, and what we accomplished over such a short time. The way I see it, you can approach recording two basic ways...you can record what makes you yourself happy and hope other folks like it as well...or you can do it with commercial, business reasons in mind. There isn't anything wrong with either approach. Most independent efforts are somewhere in between. It just depends on what your objectives are. I chose the former because I wanted to have something for my kids to look back on and be proud. Fortunately it turned out to be a big hit with the public and the critics. That's the way Kenefick worked at first. Very little concern about money. We were mostly charged up just to be making and playing music we liked. Over time...with success, somehow money became more important than it was at the time we recorded "Hard Road". Nothing wrong with that...in fact it was nice to make 10 or 20 times what we were making at first. But I personally think that's when various things started to change for us, and when I STARTED getting burned out. Whatever the initiator, I chose to leave the band for my own personal reasons. The remaining members and I are all still very good friends. PERSONALLY I like the newer songs they are doing. Of course the songs and the band doesn't sound the same now, and it's true that they sound a little more Nashville....BUT WHAT'S REALLY WRONG WITH THAT? Many of us may not really like the newer Nashville sound, but there has been a lot of great music and talent take off out of that town. It is foolish to stereotype and discount any band that sounds a little "Nashville". It makes you miss out on a chance to discover new music. Kenefick is still a great band. Q has a great voice and they have all turned in to very good pickers. Adding Melinda Mones was a stroke of genius in my mind. She is quite possibly the best female vocalist in the state, and one of the nicest people I know. (Hopefully, Kenefick will leverage that asset). I don't want to offend any of you who have been saying all of the nice things about "Hard Road"...in fact...I'm very flattered and very appreciative. But I suggest that you all just relax and give the boys a chance. They just might surprise you! Regarding "Hard Road" CDs...I own them and can verify that there are several hundred still available since I had to reprint a couple thousand more only a few months ago. If they sell so good that I need to reprint more...trust me...I will. Thanks again for the past 3 1/2 years. It's been one of the best experiences of my life. Marty Wells FYI...I'm not sure if the email link to me via the Kenefick website still works...if not, you can reach me if you need to at [email protected]
Kenefick  12/29/2003            
Turn out the lights....
Talk about change! Nothing special here anymore. I too am an Aggie. I too have followed this band for more than 2 years. I too was at the REK show. I don't know where an REK fan comes up with any of the Kenefick music on Hard Road being "folksie fills". How rediculous. This CD deserves 10 stars. It's pure country with a little bluegrass and rock & roll rolled in. It's not the same ole same ole. It will be in my CD changer for years to come. I haven't taken it out since I bought my first one and everyone that rides in my car ends up buying one too. Looks like everyone in this list of reviews agrees with me, except 1. Anyway, I was sad, but not surprised to see what has happened to two of my favorites the other night. I won't expand on what has happened with REK right now. The renaisance of Texas Music seems to be as good as over anyway. There was magic in the air 3 years ago, but in the last couple of years, the best of the original and innovative sounding artists have started to disappear, soften, or simply morph in to something else. It happened to some in order to get a record deal with a small independent company....and now they are fading. It didn't happen that way with Kenefick. Kenefick was one of the most promising to me. Hard Road was one of the top 3 products of the "age"...no kidding. I know many people in the business that felt the same, but nobody knew if they had staying power. Apparently, they didn't. Maybe it was the leaving of a critical band member, or maybe it was just a change in taste. Whatever the reason, the band I saw the other night was a predictable Nashville sounding band with nothing special to offer. Nothing raw. Nothing cutting edge. It wasn't the awesome show I saw at the Houston Rodeo last year. None of the exciting blend of traditional country and rock from Hard Road. None of the magic that I had seen before. Gone were the great harmonies. Not that it's bad, but if the guy with the sunglasses (Q) had a little better voice, I could have closed my eyes thought I was listening to Toby Keith or any other of the hundreds of Nashville bands churned out each year. (yawn) Maybe they should let the new girl sing some solos. Her voice sounded pretty good from what I could hear. I also agree with an earlier writer that they need to ditch the Who Let The Cows Out song. It was funny at first, but it just makes them look more and more like a joke now. He should probably ditch the shades too. I only heard a couple of the originals off Hard Road the other night. Probably because the guy that left did most of the singing on the CD. If they did play new originals the other night, I thought they were contemporary Nashville covers. (more drinking songs huh? boy that's original) And it is clear that either band members or groupies are typing in the reviews now. Come on guys, show some class. By the way, this review section is for reviews of the Hard Road CD. Not formula songs that have never even been recorded. If they do put out another CD, and it sounds like what I heard the other night, I'm certian it will be panned by the critics and ignored by the public. I typed in a very positive review of this CD over a year ago. I popped in this time because I know now that the band that created the Hard Road CD was gone and it might not be long before the CD was gone as well. I had to purchase a couple more copies before they were gone for good. Hard Road is a masterpiece of the Texas Country Music movement of the past 5 years. I wouldn't be surprised to see it referenced as influence to other artists in years to come. Unfortunately, they were one hit CD wonders.
Kenefick  12/27/2003            
AGGIE
I've been watching this band for at least a year and a half and the show with REK was one of the best. I must admit that I was skeptical about the future of Kenefick after Marty left the band but after the show on the 20th I have to say it was where they needed to be all along. The new sound and players are bound to take this band to the top. I'm sure glad that they are doing more cool up beat songs instead of the folky fillers they had on the last cd. Can't wait for the next cd, I'm sure it will be a treat.
Kenefick  12/24/2003            
Honky Tonkin Gal
It's only getting better from here!! Kenefick played and sounded great! Q-daddy was at his best singing and entertaining the crowd. My complements to Melinda, their new addition as she adds new life to the Band. Thought the young crowd would be hard to please, but Kenefick kept them moving and dancing and made plenty of new fans. Great job!!!
Kenefick  12/23/2003            
dancehall dr
1-Everyone has an opinion, but was this guy at the same gig ?Kenefick STILL rocks, and so does the new stuff. The new female picker harmonizes like a mirror.2-The band didn't break up, I've seen 'em.One guy left, but the rest are still tonkin', and the new music is dancer friendly and country cool. How about"You don't know Jack" or "Bottom of the Bottle bottle" ? Beauty is in the eye.....
Kenefick  12/21/2003            
Mike
I saw this band open for Robert Earl Keen last night, possibly on of the worst bands i have ever seen, their lacklust set was ended by the an awful song called "Who let the cows out". BOOOOOOO
Kenefick  12/19/2003            
Pin High
Damn! Is this true? I've been waiting on their new CD for 2 years now, and now the main man won't be with them anymore. That really sucks. I wonder how much longer the "Hard Road" CD will be available now.
Kenefick  12/13/2003            
Nugene
Yeh I also heard 'bout the new band line-up. Every act goes through changes. Kenefick was always an awesome band, and I think they'll continue to cut their own path no matter who's on their roster. Time will tell... I'm betting they'll just keep on getting better!
Kenefick  11/11/2003            
Old Timer
I just heard that Marty Wells left the band. Too bad. This was the freshest, most creative music I had heard in a long time, and he was the creative force behind the band. The word is that he is making a movie, but maybe he will do a solo record or something in the future too. It just sucks when great bands break up.
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