A 19-year-old guitarist, who has been apart of the Grants Pass music scene for a decade has released his first CD.
Jesse Kennemer's recording of all original music, "Fire in the Wire," was released at the guitar prodigy's CD release concert at the Rogue Theatre.
"Im really excited to play a full set of my own music,"says Kennemer. "Its a whole new thing for me."
Kennemer describes his original music as mostly instrumental rock " with a Joe Satriani/Steve Vai kind of vibe."
Some of the songs are more Bluesy, he says, and a few have vocals, including "Stealin' is Easy" which has a Boz Scaggs feel."
The concert showcases Kennemer on lead guitar, Johnny Trujillo on bass and vocals, and Myke Lutz on drums and vocals. "We'll also have some speial guests,Cee Cee James, and Jen Ambrose "says Mykal Lutz, a local drummer who recognized and nurtured Kennemer's talent from the beginning.
The concert ticket price of $5.
That debut Cd, recorded at the Rogue Theatre, was produced by Gary Mallaber, who has produced and played drums on 32 Plat. and Gold winning albums, including work with Van Morrison and The Steve Miller Band.
"Its a huge blessing that Gary was available and that Greg (Tressel) let us use the theatre," Kennemer says.
The CD also features Truillo on bass and vocals and Lutz on drums, along with guest stars : Sean carney on vocals and guitar, Deanna Bogart on piano and saxophone, Jen Ambrose on flute. Mike Finnigan on B3 organ, and Gary Mallaber, who have both performed with Jimi Hendrix.
Kennemer's mother Michelle bought Jesse his first guitar for christmas when he was 8. He learned to play by listening to music and playing along. He studied for a time under local guitarist Randy Mackay, who especially praised the boy for his vibrato, the way his fingers move on the string to make a vibrating sound.
By the time Kennemer was 10, he was playing at several local jam sessions, he played at a benefit at the Rogue Theatre and he performed with Johnny and the Cadillacs at the Back to the '50s concert in the Riverside Park.
At the age of 10, he also performed at the Austin Texas Music Hall with Robert Randolph, and the Los Lonely Boys on New Years Eve.
Since then he has opened shows at the Rogue Theatre solo, and with various bands - for Los Lonely Boys, Queensryche, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Tommy Emanuel, Eric Johnson and Paul Thorn and he got to sit in with Blues Traveler at the Britt Festival.
In 2001, he started making annual trips on a rhythm and blues cruise, where opportunities arose to perform on stage with Joe Louis Walker, Shamika Copeland, Ruthie Foster. Lil Ed and the Blues Imperials, Phantom Blues Band, trampled Underfoot, Philip Walker, Sean Carney, Buckwheat Zydeco, Tab Benoit.
Written By Kathleen Alaks