I’m excited that Brigitte DeMeyer and I are touring to support our new album “Mockingbird Soul” in the Netherlands and UK this March—next month!
Here is a link to all the UK dates:
I am preparing a link to Netherlands dates as well!
I hope it’s a great day—and I look forward to seeing all my UK and NL friends soon!
Playing tonight at the Black Box Theater in Columbiana, Alabama—that means all you Birminghamians and Montgomerians and other Central Alabama types COULD drive over and see me early. Just sayin’. So I hope you do. Music hath charms to soothe the savage beast. So come soothe yourself.
Tomorrow night I’m playing Callaghan’s Irish Social Club with my dear friend Eric Stracener opening the show. Callaghan’s is one of the best small venues anywhere—so come hear me and say hi for the new year. A lot of change is happening. Songs help us process our world. Let’s process at Callaghan’s tomorrow night.
All tour dates and information are here:
“Mockingbird Soul” will be officially released next Friday, January 27, 2017. This is a quietly soulful acoustic album of songs mostly co-written by Brigitte DeMeyer and myself, with two extraordinary upright bassists: Chris Donohue and Chris Wood, Micol Davis on gospel soul tambourine, Oliver Wood singing a duet on one song—and Brigitte and me harmonizing over my 1947 Gibson J45 acoustic guitar. Can’t wait for y’all to hear it. Look at those tour dates and come hear us live!
Now for something my soul and heart compel me to say—not political—spiritual:
If you’re wondering why the women folk are so riled up. Here is a big reason why:
The sanitized Fox News version (which leaves out “grab them by the p*ssy):
The full transcript, courtesy of the BBC:
The part that really got people’s attention:
Trump: “Yeah that’s her with the gold. I better use some Tic Tacs just in case I start kissing her. You know I’m automatically attracted to beautiful… I just start kissing them. It’s like a magnet. Just kiss. I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything.”
Bush: “Whatever you want.”
Trump: “Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
I am a married man with two daughters. I also played competitive sports from age 8-18. So I know locker room talk. I am not going to honor what President Trump said by calling it locker room talk.
What he’s talking about is groping women without their consent. A gleeful bit of advice from an older famous man to a younger man who is experiencing his fifteen minutes: “I don’t even wait. And when you’re a star they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab them by the p*ssy. You can do anything.”
So if you’re drink your coffee and watching your TV and wondering, “Why are those darn women folks so gosh dang angry? I just don’t get it.”
I believe this exchange between Billy Bush and the man who took the oath of Presidency of the United States of America is one of the reasons.
Just words? What other of God’s creatures uses words? Parrotts, I suppose. But humans use words to communicate. And this is what Donald J Trump communicated while he knew cameras were rolling. Sure isn’t politically correct. It sounds like admission of groping women because he knows he can get away with it.
I wrote nice conciliatory words yesterday—because I really do hope for the best for everyone, all over the world. That’s Dr King’s Dream, and I hope for that peaceful world of tolerance and acceptance. But these words were said by Mr Trump for all to hear, and they aren’t going to go away—especially since he won’t acknowledge how wretched they are—what message of violation they send to all women.
I don’t like it, I can’t take it—but I guess I’m going to have to try
Peace and love y’all—
FIRST—Happy New Year! Let’s get together and feel all right! Let’s make music! Let’s gather around great music!
I’m playing this weekend in Alabama!
Saturday Jan 21 – Columbiana, AL – Black Box Theater
Sunday Jan 22 – Mobile, AL – Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
These are solo shows. I have a ton of new songs. Come hear old favorites and new ones. Can’t wait to play both of these venues—this will be my 2nd show at Black Box Theater and it’s a really cool venue to play AND a great place to see and hear me. Of course, Callaghan’s is my home away from home and one of the best small venues anywhere!
So…my first duo record with Brigitte DeMeyer is coming out January 27, 2017. This has been a couple of years in the making. We met at a Music City Roots taping and dug each others’ music. I played on Brigitte’s “Rose of Jericho” album. We wrote almost all of her “Savannah Road” album. Then we started writing again. “Mockingbird Soul” is the result. Mostly songs we wrote together, this is a soulful set of tunes and I am delighted to see it released. Pre-order on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mockingbird-soul/id1177742368 and Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Mockingbird-Soul-Brigitte-DeMeyer-Kimbrough/dp/B01MXMHOQD/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484664243&sr=8-1&keywords=mockingbird+soul“>
No Depression’s review: http://nodepression.com/album/mocking-bird-soul
We have several shows this month:
Fri, Jan 27 – Nashville, TN – The Basement – Early Show!
Sat, Jan 28 – Birmingham, AL – Small Stages
Sun, Jan 29 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
Tue, Jan 31 – Nashville, TN – The Bluebird Cafe
The details are here: http://willkimbrough.com/events/
I had a fantastic 30A Songwriters Festival in beautiful Northwest Florida. I had shows with Brigitte, with Willie Sugarcapps and also played in the round with several great writers. My dear friend, the uber-guitarist Pat Buchanan, sat in with me and of course stole the show. The Friday night at Bud and Alley’s with Brigitte and the Sunday morning show with Willie Sugarcapps at The Boathouse in Watercolor were particularly great.
I wrote a song called “Summer Storm” with my friend the super talented Rich McCully and the song will be featured this week on the CMT series “Nashville”. Very excited about this! So make sure you watch this Thursday, January 19, and listen for our song. It is available on iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/summer-storm-single/id1178457698
There is a whole lot coming up in February, including more tour dates with Brigitte DeMeyer to celebrate the release of “Mockingbird Soul”, recording sessions producing the new Bill Toms and Hard Rain album, and recording sessions with the amazing Mary Gauthier!
Grateful in the new year! Be safe, be smart, have fun.
Welcome to 2017.
I just posted a bunch of tour dates, but WordPress seems to be having some issues…so I’ll just post a list here:
13-15 – 30A Songwriters Festival – Santa Rosa Beach, FL –
21 – Black Box Theater – Columbiana, Alabama –
22 – Callaghan’s Irish Social Club – Mobile, Alabama –
27 – The Basement – Nashville, TN – album release show for “Mockingbird Soul”, my 1st collaborative record w/ Brigitte Demeyer! –
28 – Small Stages – Birmingham, Alabama – album release show for “Mockingbird Soul”, my 1st collaborative record w/ Brigitte Demeyer! –
29 – Eddie’s Attic – Decatur, Georgia – album release show for “Mockingbird Soul”, my 1st collaborative record w/ Brigitte Demeyer!
31 – The Bluebird Cafe – Nashville, TN – Alive Hospice Benefit feat. Brigitte DeMeyer and friends! –
So that’s what’s up this month, January 2017.
I have posted all these shows on my Tour Dates page, hopefully WordPress will work and they will show up! Also, there are links to all the venues here—but not sure WordPress will show them—-i hope to be able to invest in improving this website soon!! Come on, WordPress! Let’s get it together!
I wish each and every one of you a safe, peaceful and successful start of the new year.
I have shows this week—in Montgomery Thursday Nov 10 with Willie Sugarcapps! Friday Nov 11 in Jackson with Mac McAnally! Saturday Nov 12 in Hattiesburg with Matt Hoggatt! Sunday Nov 13 in Bay St Louis with Cary Hudson and Lynn Drury! Damn I have some talented friends and we are going to make some great music and spread some joy and soul!
It is done.
Here are the promises:
1. ‘Build a wall’ — and make Mexico pay for it
2. Temporarily ban Muslims from entering the United States
3. ‘Bring manufacturing (jobs) back’
4. Impose tariffs on goods made in China and Mexico
5. Renegotiate or withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement and Trans-Pacific Partnership
6. ‘Full repeal of Obamacare’ and replace it with a market-based alternative
7. Renegotiate the Iran deal
8. Leave Social Security as is
9. Cut taxes
10. ‘Bomb’ and/or ‘take the oil’ from ISIS
11. In his victory speech, Donald J Trump also promises a huge program to rebuild America’s infrastructure.
12. (various random rants and mutterings, promises to whomever was in the room at the time, too numerous to list here).
“Trump’s mixed record on conservatism, even at present, belies the notion that he sees eye-to-eye with the Tea Party. Actually, Trump is far more populist than conservative — which means he has appeal to blue-collar Democrats, but also that he may not reliably stand by conservative principles in office. In fact, given his repeated position switching, the safe bet is that anything he says today will changed based on convenience. That should not encourage any conservative thinking of Trump.”
— Ben Shapiro (Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News)
“If you can convince the lowest white man he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll empty his pockets for you.”
— Lyndon B Johnson, POTUS
“And it is a sad day in our country that you cannot walk even in your neighborhoods at night or even in the daytime because both national parties, in the last number of years, have kowtowed to every group of anarchists that have roamed the streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles and throughout the country. And now they have created themselves a Frankenstein monster, and the chickens are coming home to roost all over this country.” “Yes, they’ve looked down their nose at you and me a long time. They’ve called us rednecks — the Republicans and the Democrats. Well, we’re going to show, there sure are a lot of rednecks in this country.”
— George C Wallace, former Alabama Governor, ran for POTUS in 1968 and 1972
I hope for the best. The “insiders” have been thrown out and the “outsider” is in. America’s collective hissy fit has resulted in this. Now, look at the above promises. There is a LOT of Government spending. Tax cuts. We know this means big deficits, right? Really big. Like a trillion dollars a year. Now, if this helps our country, I’ll say I was wrong and eat crow. It’s hard to imagine that going to “Cut Taxes and Spend, Spend, Spend” policy is going to be good for much of anything—but I’m prepared to eat my hat.
Obamacare IS pretty messed up. I do appreciate them trying. Before Obamacare, our family was pretty screwed by “Pre-existing Conditions”—remember those? Obamacare, The Affordable Care Act, banned those “Pre-existing Conditions”. I hope to God they don’t come back. Our insurance rates never went down, our health coverage never got better. To blame Obama for at least trying to fix it—well, that just shows you where we stand as a country and a big part of why we will now have a President Trump.
Middle America has spoken—they were pissed—and now we have the promise of cutting taxes for the wealthy and spend, spend, spend—heading into the White House on January 20, 2017.
I have not even started with the hate speech that President Elect Trump spewed throughout his campaign. Folks lapped that dogshit up. Lapped it up with joy and glee that only righteous indignation can provide. The purity of anger.
We in the middle will be emptying our pockets for President Trump for the next four years—it’s a lot like the last 16 years—only this guy openly says racist shit and talks horrible shit about abusing women. So there you go. Have at it. I’m not a hater, so i ain’t gonna hate. We are middle class, self-employed, small business. Nobody give a rat’s ass about us. But I am not going to turn into a racist or misogynist because of it. America blew its top yesterday. Now we have to pay for it. God bless us all.
But the big white Elephant in the room is climate change—Trump had to be a denier to get elected by Middle America—so he became a denier—so what happens? Nothing, I suppose. We stop looking at Climate Change. That’s a tragedy. Probably the biggest tragedy of the election. Definitely the biggest tragedy. Not a lot of talk about this—mostly talk about the markets and money and such. Won’t matter at all when we lose a bunch of coastline amid superstorms and climate refugees are flocking to our inland areas. Won’t matter—then the Government will be spending trillions to save our asses. Hey, it may not be true—but it probably is. We can’t eat money; can’t drink oil.
He promises to repeal Roe v Wade—and that reminds me of President George W Bush in the aftermath of the New Orleans flood in 2005—folks made up a cute joke that said, “Row vs Wade—New Orleans’ Choice”.
Man, the more I write the sadder this whole thing is—Conservatives cheering a Populist who is about to blow the deficit with Government Spending. Climate Change about to be ignored. If Ignorance is bliss, happy days are here.
But probably not much of these promises will be delivered on. So we’ll keep working hard and paying for all the whatever the hell they have in store for us.
Don’t you miss Bernie? God, I miss Bernie. Bernie, I voted for you in the primary, brother. But these Tennesseans…man, they love Trump so much. I can’t figure out why, but they do.
Now – don’t get me wrong. Government programs are not something I’ve relied on in my life—I’ve been very lucky to have parents who worked hard and made a good living—I’ve been lucky to be able to work hard and earn a good living. Our household is what i would call Socially Liberal to the extreme and Fiscally Conservative on the personal side. We do believe that education and health care should be a right, not a privilege. But America isn’t there as a culture yet. We seem to think it’s ok to treat women like shit, to pay them less than men, to abuse them. We aren’t ready for racial equality. We aren’t ready for LGBT equality. We have a lot of growing up to do.
Perhaps the next four years will give us some good navel-gazing time!
I have shows booked. Take a look at ’em on my website. Lots of shows. My fabulous album with Brigitte DeMeyer, “Mockingbird Soul”, will be out in January 2017. Headed back to Europe at long last in 2017. Working on all sorts of new music and planning all sorts of tours. Producing the lovely Western band The Two Tracks coming up after Thanksgiving.
We spend election night among friends and I am thankful for my friends. I am thankful for my right to vote and right of free speech—among many other rights we Americans have—many folks all over the world do not have the freedom and rights we enjoy. I cherish our rights and freedom.
Peace and Love y’all. Use your noggins. Be nice. Get smart. And get ready to empty those pockets!
PS —- here is another list of the President Elect’s promises, a 19 point list:
1. Sell junk to Saudi Arabia, since the goods we send them are blown up anyway;
2. Repeal Obamacare “and replace it with something that benefits everybody”;
3. “Turn off that spigot” of sending money to China (in the form of debt payments) by taxing them “until they behave properly”;
4. Renegotiate our foreign trade deals;
5. Call up the head of the Ford Motor Company and tell them they are going to be taxed at 35 percent for every car coming from Mexico until they decide to nix their plant in Mexico City;
6. End President Barack Obama’s executive actions on immigration;
7. End border crossings from Mexico because some of those border-crossers are “rapists”;
8. To do that, build a “great, great wall” on the U.S.-Mexico border;
9. Have Mexico pay for that wall;
10. Don’t appoint a secretary of state who rides bikes and breaks his leg;
11. Avoid riding bikes himself;
12. Work hard on the Islamic State problem;
13. Stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons;
14. Find the General Patton or General MacArthur from within the U.S. armed forces to “make it really work” in the Middle East;
15. Rebuild the country’s infrastructure — “nobody can do that like me”;
16. Create jobs — “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created”;
17. Save Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security “without cuts”;
18. Protect the Second Amendment;
19. Take the brand of the United States “and make it great again.”
Check my tour dates page for new dates—I’ve added a New Orleans show THIS SATURDAY August 23 at Chickie Wah Wah–it’s a 7pm show! that’s in addition to the shows on the calendar—Columbus MS Tomorrow, Friday Aug 19 and Pascagoula, MS Sunday Aug 21…WE ARE WORKING ON AN ALL STAR BENEFIT FOR LOUISIANA’S FLOOD VICTIMS—MORE TO COME! i’ve been added to Americanafest Sept 23rd 11PM Family Wash East Nashville—details to come asap! I’m playing a Blood:Water benefit, put together by Phil Madeira, in Nashville Oct 13 (http://www.bloodwater.org/). Blood:Water is working on the AIDS/HIV and water crises in Africa. Pretty damn good cause. There are a bunch of dates on my tour dates page, and they’re coming in every week!
Good stuff going on! The world may be crazy, politics may be ugly, but we’re out there making music—bringing a little beauty to the crazy world.
I have run into the coolest Cayamo Cruise people all over the United States, and they ALWAYS ask me when I’m going to be on the Cruise! They ask about Willie Sugarcapps! They ask about DADDY! The ask about Brigitte DeMeyer! Well, I have an answer for now—I will not be on the boat in 2017. The Cayamo staff has spoken, and we are not on the boat. Congrats to The Mulligan Brothers, Tim Easton, Bonnie Bishop—and everyone else—have a great cruise—and here’s some more good news—since it’s confirmed we’re NOT on a cruise—I’m going to California in late February for shows w/ Brigitte DeMeyer to celebrate the Mockingbird Soul album!
So take a look at tour dates page…hey…did you get your copy of LIVE AT COAST? You can get it at my online store–OR come to a live show—I’ll be somewhere near YOU soon.
peace and love and music,
I have lots of shows coming up. Take a look: willkimbrough.com/events
Willie Sugarcapps is thriving—Paradise Right Here has been on the Americana Radio Top 40 for months! We are about to get into a busy Fall 2016—with lots of Deep South shows, including the beginning of Frog Pond season! And our first show at the Dew Drop Jazz Hall in Mandeville, Lousiana!
I have lots of solo shows coming up. Rumor has it that DADDY is going to record its first new songs since 2009!
I have a new duets album coming out in January. Songs I mostly co-wrote w/ Brigitte DeMeyer. We sang really cool soulful harmonies on it. Jono, Oliver and Chris from the fabulous Wood Brothers guested on the album. Chris Donohue, Brigitte’s longtime collaborator and my bandmate in Emmylou’s Red Dirt Boys, played killer upright bass and percussion. I’m so happy with this record. It’s called Brigitte and Will: Mockingbird Soul. Stay tuned!
Now a brief rant:
I am 52 years old. I have voted in every state, local and national election that has happened since I turned 18. Did I like all the candidates? No. Did I agree with everything they stood for? Very rarely. Did I think they were going to solve all my problems? Absolutely not. Have I often voted for the lesser of two evils. Oh yeah.
So why have I gone to so much trouble to vote?
Simple. Because someone is going to be elected to each office that is up for grabs. There is always a reason to vote for someone, even if it is simply to keep someone you don’t like out of office. Someone is going to appropriate the money to pave the roads, repair the bridges, hang the power lines, draw up voting districts, run the school system, accept or refuse federal money to states and local municipalities, decide whether or not to go to war and whom to go to war with. Or not. A President will appoint all kinds of cabinet members and supreme court justices—not to mention all the US Attorneys and Federal Judges. Set policy on state, local and federal taxes for individuals and businesses. Set policy for health care providers and their clients. Someone’s going to make immigration policy. Someone’s going to set trade policy. Someone’s going to act or not act on climate change—make plans for the future or not. I could go on and on.
It could be that no one will ever do what I want them to do, but I have the right to vote, and that is a precious right, so I use it.
I know who I’m going to vote for in November 2016. I have my reasons.
Is the political system broken in this country? Sure. I think that’s kind of how democracy of a large land mass like the United States of America works: it’s a big old mess. Too many different kinds of people! Too many different religions! Too many people in cities! Too many people in rural areas! Too many rich people! Too many poor people! The middle class is getting the shit beat out of it! Health care costs are dreadful! So many issues! It makes my head spin!
It’s real complicated, because we’re complicated.
You don’t “love or leave” a democracy—you vote and act and work very hard and the world changes. You’ll be dead before you can actually see the change. Sorry. But it will come. Just like so many thought women would never get to vote and we would never have civil rights laws. It happened. And guess who spearheaded these huge changes we often take for granted? Ooh, the boogie man! The Federal Government!
If you hate the Federal Government, then I suppose you hate your Social Security check, your Medicare, your right to vote, your right to bear arms, your right to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Those aren’t made locally, folks, them are are us all. Nobody likes to pay taxes. But we gotta pay ’em. And that Constitution everyone’s always waving around? That’s Federal.
If you hate The Media—then what the hell are you doing on The Internet? I bet you watch the hell out of some TV. If you hate The Media—don’t watch it. I hardly ever watch TV—because about 99.9% is worthless. I watch what I want, and that does not include cable news of any kind. I don’t have cable. I think it’s a big waste of time and money. Thus, I don’t hate The Media.
WE ARE ALL THE MEDIA.
It’s too late in my life and I’m too busy working and trying to have some fun with my family and friends to constantly bitch and whine about people that I don’t even know. The Media, Politicians, Immigrants. I’m going to vote based on what I believe and then go back to working and having a good time. And then I’m going to vote again, next time it comes up.
It’s my duty as a citizen and if I don’t vote, my non-vote counts as a vote for some idiot I can’t stand. So I vote. No bitching and whining. Voting, working, having fun. I love my country and I worry about the directions it goes in. I worry about what will happen to the wonderful people after we’ve trashed the incredibly beautiful and bountiful land. But there’s only so much one yahoo from Alabama can do, so I’m going to go play my shows, play my recording sessions, write more songs, carve out time for friends and family and keep voting in elections. If I thought I could do better, I’d run for office—but I couldn’t do better—so instead I VOTE and try not to be a WHINER.
peace and love to you all. Turn off the idiot box, now. Go ahead, you can do it. There, that’s better, isn’t it? Now, get out and go hear some live music.
Music City USA
Daddy the Duo – Will Kimbrough & Tommy Womack – are going on the road! First show is tonight in Seymour, IN—-
Thurs July 14
Man, my mellow June has turned into a maelstrom of musicality!
By the way, please take a look at my upcoming shows:
Yes, there are some shows coming up!
Have you got your copy of “Live at Coast”? It’s here:
Or you can come to a show…
I’m in ATLANTA tomorrow night, June 25—take a look at show info on my events page and SEE YA THERE. Willie Sugarcapps is back on July 2 in Spanish Fort, Alabama! Then I’m headed up to the Mid-Atlantic region for shows in DC (w/ Radney Foster!), PA, NY, VA, MD!!! Look at my show calendar and come to a show!
Then it’s a rare-as-hen’s-teeth DADDY Duo (that’s me and Tommy Womack, y’all) tour, with shows in IN, OH and KY! Come to a show or three!
Then it’s August, Lord have mercy, and I’m starting off the Dog Days with shows in Oxford, MS and Birmingham, AL!
Have you got your copy of Willie Sugarcapps’ “Paradise Right Here”? Big thanks to Americana Radio and music lovers for helping make it such a success at radio and in the press—I know the fans love it. I do too.
Come to a show and get yours…or here:
(Willie Sugarcapps has COOL merchandise—take a look…)
OK folks…gotta run…see you in Atlanta and Lower Alabama…Happy 4th of July in advance…RIP the great Dr. Ralph Stanley!…congrats to Tommy Womack on the release of his amazing “Namaste” album! Peace and love to you all
#tommywomack, #williesugarcapps, #music, #realmusic
Willie Sugarcapps celebrates our new album, Paradise Right Here, in Atlanta and Birmingham this weekend! Friday May 20 at Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA! Saturday May 21 at Workplay in Birmingham, AL! Y’all KNOW these are epic, joyful, cathartic and FUN shows, so bring friends and family and lets celebrate! http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2016/05/gulf_americana_willie_sugarcap.html
Grayson, Corky and I are doing a show in Brevard, NC Sunday May 22, the DuckPond at Dusk—that’ll be fun too for you North Carolinians! Don’t miss these shows celebrating the release of Paradise Right Here, the second Willie Sugarcapps album, currently climbing the Americana Radio Chart! williesugarcapps.com cheers y’all! will
April was a crazy wonderful month—-played my first Manci’s show, played Chickie Wah Wah in New Orleans with Papa Mali and Sam Doores (of the Deslondes), played an awesome show on Lake Ponchartrain, played a great Chicago weekend with Griffin House and a house show in the ‘burbs, finished and mixed my duets album with Brigitte DeMeyer and the fabulous David Z out in Los Angeles…
Closed out Frog Pond season with a killer Willie Sugarcapps album release party for “Paradise Right Here”!
Opened for one of my heroes, Taj Mahal, in Birmingham and Jackson!
Played my first Jazzfest in Nola with Willie Sugarcapps!
Worked in the studio with my friends from The Red Dirt Boys (we were Emmylou’s band…still can’t believe I was in Emmylou’s band!).
Finished out the month with a great weekend in NYC and Pennsylvania!
About to kick off May touring and recording and writing and all…
Live at Coast is available!!
Paradise Right Here is available!!
All kinds of good stuff going one. See you at a show soon!!!
My only West Coast show this Spring:
I’m playing San Francisco tonight at Hotel Utah. Show starts at 8pm.
The Hotel Utah Saloon • 500 4th Street @ Bryant, San Francisco • (415) 546-6300
It’s tonight, March 23, 2016, 8pm.
Come get your copy of Live at Coast—recorded right here in San Francisco at Coast Recorders by the magnificent Michael Romanowski. I’m inspired after a few days in Big Sur. It will be great show. I won’t keep you out too late—unless you demand encores. Peace and love, y’all.
I have posted three new songs on YouTube recently.
“It’s A Sin” was inspired by Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”. She passed away the other day, and I was inspired to share the song. Here is the link:
JJ Cale passed in 2014. He was one of my favorite musicians. I wrote “The Fine Print” after listening to an interview with JJ. Here is that link:
As a boy, my Daddy and Uncle would take my cousin and me out in the woods in Clarke County, Alabama, to The Day Place. It’s a pretty magical place—lots of little caves, sinkholes, creeks, snakes, moss, lichens, briarpatch—but mostly magical because we went there when I was young enough for many things to be magical and larger than life. I was thinking about it one day, and had a guitar and a microphone handy, so I improvised on acoustic guitar, with The Day Place and my loved ones in mind. Here is the link:
Enjoy. thanks for listening. I am looking forward to tour dates coming up. There are posted at willkimbrough.com/events
“Live at Coast” is now available at willkimbrough.com/store
I am excited about the Spring release of Willie Sugarcapps’ “Paradise Right Here”! We have dates booked at The Frog Pond and JazzFest in New Orleans, among other shows! Very exciting!
Working on a duets album with Brigitte Demeyer—as you know, we wrote almost all of her last record, the wonderful “Savannah Road”, and we’ve written another batch of great songs—songs that reflect our love of the blues, gospel, soul and country music.
I have more than enough songs for a new solo album. Just making plans for that now. Starting to bubble up from the creek. See you at a show somewhere soon. Peace!
RIP Harper Lee. Thank you.
Innocent babies come into this world
Singing their little hearts out
Daddy says it’s a sin to kill mockingbirds
Now I don’t have any doubt
Empathy can be a good holy thing
To what pain some hard lives are bound
But you’ll have to climb inside somebody’s skin
Go in and walk all around
It’s an old town. It’s a tired old town.
It’s a burning hot summer to bear
Daddy says it’s a sin to kill mockingbirds
and I hear one singing up there
You could be crippled by cruelty I’ve heard
And I’ve known a few who have lost
Their minds and their spirits to sorrow and hurt
They walk like they’re bearing the cross
It’s an old town. It’s a tired old town.
In the glare of the midsummer heat
Daddy says it’s a sin to kill mockingbirds
I think one just fell at my feet
Innocence lost, Experience gained
Into the arms of the pain
Some understand it’s a balancing act
While others look down in their shame
Daddy will do what we need him to do
He is the rock of our souls
He tried to show us the ways of the world
Sometimes get out of control
It’s an old town. It’s a tired old town.
Few know the right from the wrong
Daddy says it’s a sin to kill mockingbirds
But I’ll bust out singing ‘fore long
it’s a Sin by Will Kimbrough, 2015
Got a favorite love song that I wrote? Valentine’s Day suggestion—order handwritten lyrics—and I can even record a special version of the song just for you and your sweetheart. Email me and we’ll make it happen!
We can put together a nice package of WK Merch for Valentine’s Day!
I recently hand-wrote the lyrics to “Hey Big Sister” and “Goodnight Moon” AND recorded special acoustic versions for a fan. Made me think I should offer this to everyone. It’s fun to do and a nice personal touch for someone you love.
Wonderful Oxford, MS show at Proud Larry’s. Good to see old friends. Killer Frog Pond show with the one and only Kinky Friedman!
See you out there!