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BLIND PONY IS:

KENT KLINEMAN      

Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter                              

CLINTON KIRBY

Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Drums        

TROY RICHARDSON  Bass

Kent Klineman is Blind Pony's songsmith, lead singer and guitarist. He grew up in New York City where he first became involved in music and acting. He wrote his first song while hitchhiking through Greece at age 19.                          After winning a Tony Award on Broadway in Death of a Salesman, Kent moved to LA in 2000. LA brought into his life a new friend and songwriting partner: The Electric Guitar.  

He met the real Blind Pony in Big Sur, and the band had a name.

Clinton Kirby, master guitar player, singer, bassist, and drummer, brings his musical prowess to The Blind Pony sound. He plays bass and drums simultaneously at live gigs, and also sings harmony vocals.

And at live shows he also switches over to play Lap Steel on "The Right Thing” He is a true multi-instrumentalist and consummate musician and performer.

Blind Pony has played some of LA’s premier venues: The Viper Room, The Echo,The Escondite, Paladino’s, Davey Wayne’s, Silverlake Lounge, The Cinema Bar, Maui Sugar Mill and many others. 

Blind Pony music is Psych Blues Rock with flashes of punk, folk and Country. They have been compared to Neil Young and to another great rock duo—The Black Keys.

 

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             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. ..

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