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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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Kenefick  06/04/2003            
Kaye
Kenefick use to be good when they played their original music and had their original band members.
Kenefick  06/04/2003            
Kaye
Kenefick use to be good when they played their original music and had their original band members.
Kenefick  06/04/2003            
Kenefick
Kenefick use to be good when they played their original music and had their original band members.
Kenefick  06/02/2003            
Jenny
Even though I was with "Will" at one of the Kenefick shows, I want to share my own opinion on Kenefick. This is one of those sleeper bands that seem to just come out of nowhere and hit the national scene like Lone Star, Rascal Flats, etc. Except for those of who have been paying attention around Houston, that is. Kenefick is easy on the ears and tough on a pair of Tony Lama's. They really can motivate a crowd to move! Love em!
Kenefick  06/02/2003            
Will
I have seen the Kenefick guys play a few times around Houston. This ain't no cover band. Kenefick has an impressive list of original tunes that sure make you want to scoot your boots. If Kenefick keeps paying their dues they are really gonna hit it big and that just might be next week. That's how good they sound. It takes work to harmonize and sound as good on stage as you do on your CD, especially your DEBUT CD! I hear so many different influences in their music, everything from the Eagles to Johnny Rodriguez, even on the Kenefick original tunes. Country music is in great shape if more bands do it like Kenefick does.
Kenefick  06/02/2003            
Lee Lewis
Enjoyable. Very entertaining stage show and fine dancing music. Strong sound from a fairly new band.
Kenefick  05/26/2003            
Alan
Saw Kenefick play in Houston recently and I think they are going to be the next BIG winners on CMA. The band and their original music are just that good. Nice harmony, talented musicians, catchy lyrics, and a real confident stage presence. Good luck Kenefick!
Kenefick  04/24/2003            
Kemah Girl
My boyfriend and I happened to catch Kenefick doing a show 'round here... at a WalMart of all places! These guys really can carry a tune, and their music is such a refreshing change from all the other "Texans come lately" out there right now. I hope to see Kenefick headlining the Houston Rodeo within a couple of years. Kenefick sounds great!
Kenefick  04/20/2003            
Art Barkis
I bought this on a lark. I haven't bought 10 cd's since they (cd's) came out. I have listened to this one so much that I have memorized several of the songs (not my normal routine). This is a great cd with many great songs. Start the follow up. Hope to see you in Austin.
Kenefick  04/16/2003            
RedneckMusicLover
WOW what a band! I caught these guys at The Hideout at Rodeo Houston this year and I have to say that they were the absolute best....and I saw every hideout show. I watched a huge crowd stop their converstations to watch the whole show. Nobody else had that effect. I immediately bought a CD and have caught 2 shows since then. They are definitely hitting on all cylinders. The CD, "Hard Road" is awesome. Great original country music with some very thoughtful lyrics....one of those records you can listen to over and over. A nice change from all of the "I'm from Texas and I chug beer" stuff out there right now. But MAN, you have to catch a show. So full of energy. You can't keep your eyes off the stage. The guy with the glasses.."Q"...is very funny...and the choice of covers is great too. They make classic country songs sound brand new...not many people can do that. Let me tell you, Kenefick is definitely the best band in Houston, and I would say in the top 5 in the state. What a show! Kenefick might just be the new "standard" in show bands. Cooder, Creager, and Green...don't look over your shoulder...there is a new kid in town! If Nashville has a brain left, this will be the next country band picked out of Texas.
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