Artist Feature - Kendra McKinely

Artist Feature - Kendra McKinely


This week, we sit down and chat with Kendra McKinely about her recent tour and her inspirations and connection to music. Take a moment to learn about this wonderful local artist!

New Orleans Roadshow

New Orleans Roadshow

We're happy to announce our first Ivy Hill Entertainment Roadshow of the year. From April 3rd-11th (during the French Quarter Festival), a group of 10 artists from our family will be headed to The Big Easy to learn from the beauty of NOLA, to immerse ourselves in the culture, meet folks, create inroads, and hopefully play a ton of music. Our artists bring varied experience in jazzfolk,y R+B, americana, top 40indie rock, and are available to share bills, hop on sets, and just take it all in.

Artist Feature - Lucero

Artist Feature - Lucero

To kick off our new weekly Artist Feature, we sat down with jazz trio Lucero to chat about their upcoming album, being part of a local music community, and how the band came to be. Lucero is comprised of Luis Salcedo on guitar, Matt Roads on bass and Marshall Williams on drums. The members also make up the core of Ivy Hill Entertainment's own The Delectables. 

Harvest Trio Recording Session

This evening, the Harvest Trio, consisting of Brian BergeronMatt Roads, and Graham Patzner, heads into the studio. Harvest is one of IHE's most popular acts because of its diverse repertoire and moldability, performing in a wide variety of situations. 

The repertoire will be hodgepodge, capturing material for the upcoming holiday season, as well as weddings and other celebrations. We're going to throw in some new arrangements of Mr. Kind tunes and edgier indie classics as well.

Pat Dear from Something Else Productions, our video production soulmates, and Brad Dollara surprise late addition engineer supreme, are coming along for the ride. All of this is taking place at Andrew Wilke's beautiful studio in El Sobrante. 

New stuff soon.

Tinker, Genius, Mister, Kind

Releasing a new recording of the Mr. Kind song Edge of the World today made me think of the Malcolm Gladwell podcast Revisionist History, most specifically an episode discussing Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, and the nature of genius. Not that I think EOTW genius, but Gladwell muses about how songs change in the context of time, for both creator and audience, and in the case of Hallelujah, through the lens of multiple creators. After all, Jeff Buckley's version is quintessential to me, and if You Tube's ratings are to be believed, Bon Jovi's version is almost as popular as Cohen's.

Even more interesting to me is the evolution of genius, and developmental approaches, described perfectly in an exchange between Cohen (the endless tinkerer) and Bob Dylan (whose own genius is a lightning flash):

“He said, ‘I like this song you wrote called Hallelujah.’ In fact, he started doing it in concert. He said, ‘How long did that take you to write?’ And I said, ‘Oh, the best part of two years.’ He said, ‘Two years?’ Kinda shocked. And then we started talking about a song of his called I And I from Infidels. I said, ‘How long did you take to write that.’ He said, ‘Ohh, 15 minutes.’ I almost fell off my chair. Bob just laughed.”

Leonard Cohen (quoted in Telegraph 41, p. 30)

Our first release of Edge of the World was part of two songs we recorded, mostly live (minimal overdubs), and all in one day. The more recent version was endlessly tinkered with over rehearsals throughout several months before recording and it's taken us just under two years to finish and release it.

Now, as I prepare for a solo original music show in San Francisco at the end of the month, I pick up the song again, and I can see the song continue to shift beneath my feet. I've learned to enjoy the approach of an endless tinkerer and I've stopped trying to fight them into place.

Seeing Wilco last Tuesday at The Fillmore was an education on arrangement and dynamics being living and breathing things as songs change over time. 

Brian Bergeron (Mr. Kind)