It's sorta crazy to think that all though the years I've seen Kenny play in bands since sometime in the early 90s. He was a fixture in the Florida music scene for a while based mostly out of Tallahassee, but with frequent visits down to Tampa Bay where he kicked out some great power-pop records over the years before relocating to Atlanta for a bit where he started a band called, Kenny Howes and the YEAH! with folks like Jason NeSmith (of Orange Hat, later of Casper and the Cookies) and bassist Kyle Harris (later of The Diamond Center).
A few year later as I moved to Atlanta, Kenny headed out to LA and performed as a member of San Diego garage-pop band The Shambles and at times with Pat DiNizio of The Smithereens. As I got settled into the music scene here in AtlantaI would become friends with all the folks in the scene he just left. Small world.
Fast forward a few years, and Kenny is back in Atlanta and kicking out the power-pop again. A few months ago he played a exhaustive, 8-man band, 2-hour plus set at the Star Bar to celebrate the release of his new album, Tornadoes Here & Past, where Pat DiNizio and The Church's Marty Willson-Piper appear as special guests on the record.
Tonight's show at the EARL featured the 8-man, 4-horn lineup from that Star Bar show, and it was non-stop high kicks and power pop from start to finish. Incredibly good times.