Meet Kerry Grombacher
Around The Barn Radio Program
Saturday, July 13, 2013
KHTS 1220 AM
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SCVTV Presents The OutWest Concert Series
An Evening With Kerry Grombacher
Repertory East Playhouse
Thursday, October 17, 2013
What a wonderful concert, unfortunately, it wasn't filmed.
You had to be there!
From our Purveyor of Music:
It was with great pleasure that I met singer/songwriter/performer Kerry Grombacher at the annual Western Music Association Conference and Showcase in 2011 and 2012. I had the opportunity to participate in engaging and informative workshop for professional musicians he led with another OutWest past performer, Juni Fisher. Although not a performer myself, I gleaned insight into the entertainer's world that I've applied to the OutWest Concert Series. Kerry Grombacher is unlike any other performer we've hosted - a unique voice and view of our western history, at times with wonderful Cajun flair, and a masterful storyteller. There is something for everyone in his performance - folk with a western flair. We are so pleased to feature him on Around The Barn in July and with a live performance at the Repertory East Playhouse in October. Join us!
Kerry Grombacher writes contemporary western songs and plays guitar and mandolin. In the spirit of the troubadours of old, his songs paint vivid portraits and tell the fascinating stories of working cowboys and old camp cooks, roadside motels and prisons, wildland firefighters, cattle rustlers and wolf trappers – the landmarks and denizens of the west. You’ll find Kerry at Cowboy Poetry Gatherings and Folk Music Festivals, singing his songs, playing mandolin as a sideman, and picking in the jam sessions and around the campfires until the last song is sung.
Kerry was born in Kansas and has lived and worked in Texas, New Mexico, and Oregon. That’s taught him to admire the men and women who still work cattle and to respect the traditions of the West. His songs have found great acceptance among the poets, musicians and fans who have heard him play, and they’ve been recorded by other western artists, including The Texas Trailhands, Duke Davis, Trails & Rails, Earl Gleason, and Gary Prescott. One of his songs appears on the 2012 children’s compilation, Cowboy Playground, released by Putumayo World Music.
Kerry has sung his songs on stages as varied as the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering, the Newport Folk Festival, Cowboy Songs & Range Ballads (Cody, WY) and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. As a sideman, he’s played mandolin with a list of western performers that includes Belinda Gail, Joni Harms, Wylie Gustafson, Eli Barsi, Ken Overcast, and Jean Prescott. Kerry sang at the dedication of the last memorial marker on the Chisholm Trail in Oklahoma, and he’s featured on The Big Roundup website, www.cowboypoetry.com.
Grombacher regularly plays at performing arts centers, coffeehouses, house concerts and other music venues, and he’s performed on the syndicated television show, Louisiana Jukebox, and on River City Folk, a music program that’s heard nationally on public radio stations and on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. In 2001, he gave a concert beneath the neon signs on the parking lot of the Sands Motel on Historic Route 66 in Grants, New Mexico and the owner named a room for him!
Kerry’s recordings include It Sings in the Hi-Line (2008), Sands Motel (2001), Riding for the Brand (1999), Dreams of New Orleans (1998) and Home to the West (1996). He’s a member of the Western Music Association and the North American Folk Alliance, and he endorses Elixir Guitar and Mandolin Strings and TKL Guitar and Mandolin Cases. When he’s not on the road, Kerry Grombacher may be found in New Orleans, where he’s moved back into his flooded home.