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February 28, 2013

Kris Kehr brings bluegrass to Bloomsburg

BLOOMSBURG — Happy is singer and song writer Kris Kehr, for he wouldn’t care a smidgen if the grass really was greener on the other side of the fence. That’s because his grass of choice is bluegrass and he’s pretty darn good at cultivating music that is both impressive and fun.

Best of all, no mowing required.

Tonight, the Berk’s County resident will bring his signature bluegrass style of tunes to the Turkey Hill Brewing Company in Bloomsburg for songs and sounds that capture his commitment and fascination with music.

“When I was about 5 years old I was listening to the radio at my grandmother’s when the Beatles’  ‘Help’ came on. All of a sudden I got sad and, well, felt something,” Kehr said. “Very revealing, that something can make you feel emotion and yet I was just sitting there staring at a small black box with silver trim.”

And so began his connection to the wonders of music.

Kehr’s music and style has a realistic undertone wrapped in pure sincerity, since his own experiences in life could be put to music.

A multi-instrumentalist, including gigs with the mandolin and guitar, Kehr has been playing professionally for more than 25 years, taking on both band gigs and work as a soloist traveling the highways and country roads of America in search of gigs.

“My solo acoustic work is a combination of a lot of the stuff that has informed my writing, so along with the originals I’m covering songwriters like Steve Earle, John Prine, Townes Van Zandt and even some of the more country kinds of Grateful Dead,” he said. “But I also incorporate the styles of influential music in my DNA, such as the flat-picking guitar style of Norman Blake, the finger-style of Doc Watson and Leo Kottke, the percussive approach of Michael Hedges and some of the kinds of improvisation associated with bands like the Dead and acoustic Hot Tuna.”

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