electric and acoustic blues
slide guitar virtuoso
solo or ensemble performances
New York City Based
for festivals, music halls,
bars and corporate/private events
James Murphy | 516-567-6038
Long Island Voice Best Guitarist
Long Island Blues Society Bluesman of the Year 2004
Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) Long Island Music Hall of Fame
New York Blues Hall of Fame Inductee,
class of 2013
Best Contemporary Blues Band 2020 Independent Blues Artist Awards
Start with honest emotions, mix with a selection of the finest support musicians you will find, season the whole dish with some New York attitude and get ready for some of the tastiest blues ever to be served up.
- Joe Grandwilliams, Good Times Magazine
A killer slide player that has all the moves right in his heart and soul delivers loads of blistering soul on this extravaganza.
- Chris Spector, Editor and Publisher, midwestrecord.com
Kerry’s signature guitar sound arouses emotions and is inspiring at the same time. Once you've heard this sound, you can't get rid of it.
- Dragonland Radio, Denmark
Mixing blues, folk, roots and rock Kerry Kearney has created his own psychedelic gumbo…
- Bob Silvestri Best of WNY.com
Possibly the best blues slide guitarist this side of the Mississippi or at least of the East River.
- Ron Biegel, Long Island Voice
We are always hearing about global warming, and it could be due to the 21st century 'hot sliding guitar runs' of Kerry Kearney, who can really heat things up anywhere on the planet! A master blaster sustaining the art form.
- Bill Nolan, WPKN-FM 89.5, Bridgeport, CT
A singing, song writing, guitar playing, showman sensation with great chops and a really hot band.
- Modern Drummer Magazine
The musical notes that come through Kerry’s fingers create an aural experience that equals the vibrant colors that become a visual masterpiece on canvas.
- Jerry Schaefer, Radio Personality and Host of Graveyard Blues
Kerry Kearney (pronounced "Car-Nee"), a slide guitar master, plays and works his instrument to limits that amaze even the most seasoned musician or cultured music fan. The sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom-made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies.
Kerry Kearney developed an interest in guitars at the age of 4. While not being permitted to play his older brother’s guitar, little Kerry had to wait six years to finally get his own. His parents bought his first electric guitar at age 10. Kerry, a natural, listened to his brother’s Ventures records and taught himself how to play. At age 12, Kerry discovered the music of B.B. King and he joined his first band, playing Southern Rock and Blues. At 19, a good friend of Kerry's suggested he should try playing slide guitar. With a few tips from his brother, Kerry picked up a slide and learned how to play in one day.
In 1988, Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane/Starship heard Kerry play and asked if he’d be interested in joining his band for a 3 month tour. Kerry accepted and 3 months turned into 5 great years. It was then time for Kerry to branch out on his own. Strongly influenced by Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Eric Clapton, Kerry found his calling in the Blues scene.
Kerry Kearney’s style, music from the “Psychedelta”, is his own brand containing an upbeat mix of American Blues & Roots, created from writing and performing on the circuit for over 40 years. Along with his band, he has continued to experience an overwhelming and positive response over the airwaves and especially when performing live. His wailing upbeat style of blues, driven by tasty, inspired guitar riffs, electrifying slide and infectious rhythms, has allowed Kerry to amass a huge loyal following.
toured nationally and internationally with the Allman Brothers Band and Dickey Betts
extensive work with Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane) as both a band member and studio guitarist
performed with such contemporaries as Sonny Landreth and Robert Randolf
has shared the stage with the great BB King at the NYCB Westbury Theater and at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY, as well as Robert Cray with the Blind Boys of Alabama, and The Blues Brothers starring Dan Aykroyd and Jim Belushi.
performs regularly in New York venues such as The Bottom Line, B.B. Kings, The Blender Theater, Tribeca Blues, Dinosaur BBQ, Terra Blues, Stephen Talkhouse and The Boulton Center.
regional appearances at clubs such as Madams Organ in Washington, DC, The Appalachian Brewing Co. in PA and The Stanhope House in, NJ.
Perennial performer at the Great South Bay Music Festival, Long Island’s largest annual music gathering.