BLIND PONY IS:
Bass, Guitar, Vocals
TROY RICHARDSON Bass
Blind Pony is the brain/heart child of Kent Klineman. He is the songsmith, lead singer and guitarist.
Kent Klineman grew up in New York City where he got his hands on a guitar at the age of 9. He wrote his first song while hitchhiking to Greece ten years later.
After winning a Tony Award on Broadway in Death of a Salesman in 2000, Kent decided to move to LA to pursue a film and TV career. LA also brought into his life a new friend and songwriting partner:
The Electric Guitar.
In ’03 and ’04 a bunch of new songs were written. Those songs became the original Blind Pony set.
Kent wanted to continue and progress the work of artists like John Lennon--where Political and Social Justice, and Knowledge of the Past and its effects on the Self--were dominant lyric themes The music was Psychedelic Blues Rock with Grunge, Punk, Folk and Alternative in the mix.
Realizing he could not be in Led Zeppelin, The Black Keys or The Jimi Hendrix Experience, he sought out like minded musicians and formed a band. He met the actual Blind Pony at Esalen Institute, and the band had a name. They started playing shows around LA, graduating from coffee house shows to gigs at some of LA’s best clubs and bars:
The Viper Room, State Social House—The Echo, Paladino’s, Davey Wayne’s, Silverlake Lounge, The Cinema Bar and many others.
Wil Forbis Review
I walked into the Cinema Bar one recent summer Sunday night with high expectations. Though the tavern is small, it's developed an insider's reputation as a remarkably consistent showcase for top-notch Los Angeles singer/songwriters. And when Blind Pony took the stage and began belting out hook laden, 1970s working class rock 'n roll I knew I would not be disappointed.
Blind Pony is something of a ball of contradictions. Just when I thought I had them pegged as credible interpreters of Tom Petty style rock, they switched over to much more psychedelic, "Animals" era Pink Floyd vein. From there I heard bits of Neil Young, REM and even the raw ferocity of Iggy Pop in his heyday. The band is tight --- locked into a pounding groove for up-tempo numbers, but quite comfortable to wield a lighter touch for ballads and lo-fi offerings. Front man Kent Klineman sweats authenticity and earnestly belts out vocals with an energy too rarely found in much of the modern music scene. And he has a knack for penning eclectic lyrics that catch the listeners ear. "I'm Freudian, I'm Jungian, I'm analyzing all the time" he sang during an intense acoustic number entitled "Go Down."
After the band performed their set and a much requested encore, they stepped off stage and proved to be quite approachable, eagerly mingling with a new bar room of fans. They clearly seem driven more by the desire to create good music than ego and that resonates in their performance. I heartily recommend any opportunity to take in one of their shows.
-Wil Forbis, author of Acid Logic. ..