Kris Kehr (pronounced ‘CARE’) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Berks County, PA. He has been playing professionally for over 20 years now either as a soloist, leader of his own band or as a support musician in other bands. He has relocated back to the Berks area from a few years on the North Carolina music scene after 5 years in the Lehigh Valley, 10 years on the State College, PA music scene. He’s spent several years on the road as a soloist, multi-instrumentalist with The Recipe and half of the folk duo LOWdOGS and has produced four albums of his own material- Long, Long Year (1999), Kris Kehr & Stone Poet (2001), Lowdogs-In The Tall Grass (2005) and Notes From The Crossroads (2008) for his own indie label Woobie Cat Records. He has also edited and contributed to the production of The Recipe’s live release “All You Can Eat” for Harmonized Records. The Ford Motor Company has included one of Kris’ songs on a compilation CD given to 60,000 prospective buyers at the Texas State Fair. Kris’ albums have appeared on several yearly ‘best of’ lists from various broadcast stations around the country, have received many positive reviews and continue to sell both here and abroad.
In the studio Kris had worked with producer/engineer Tom Edmonds (Lenny Kravitz, Rolling Stones, NRBQ, Todd Rundgren, The Band, The Roots) and musicians CINDY CASHDOLLAR (Bob Dylan, Asleep At The Wheel), JIM WEIDER (The Band), and GEORGE LAKS & CRAIG ROSS (Lenny Kravitz Band). Onstage Kris has performed WITH folk legend TOM PAXTON, bluegrass legend VASSAR CLEMENTS (Bill Monroe & His Bluegrass Boys, Lester and Earl, Old & In the Way), MIKE GORDON (Phish), VINCE WELNICK (The Tubes, Grateful Dead), TOM CONSTANTEN (Grateful Dead), & DAVID GANS amongst many other lesser-knowns.
Kris has opened for NEW RIDERS OF THE PURPLE SAGE (several times), JOHN HARTFORD, STEVE FORBERT, BR-549, DICKIE BETTS & GREAT SOUTHERN, SOUTHERN CULTURE ON THE SKIDS, DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS, COMMANDER CODY, KINGFISH, JOHN GORKA (several times), TONY TRISCHKA, COL. BRUCE HAMPTON, DEL McCOURY, LEFTOVER SALMON & RAILROAD EARTH. His original style of roots music not only appeals to the folk and bluegrass crowd but rock, blues and jamband crowds as well, garnering kudos from audiences young & old alike.
Through the years Kris Kehr has accumulated a vast catalog of original songs and covers as well as covering a lot of miles before settling down back home in Berks County in 2005. He has toured extensively across the eastern seaboard with years of performance experience under his belt, but is happy to be living back in the area of his youth now, near family and friends. Most of his time is spent traveling to out-of-town gigs while searching out and performing at great local venues which garner the support of his loyal local fan base. He has returned to the State College music scene with a Sunday night residency at Zeno’s Pub and an appearance at the newly renovated State Theater where he first put his alt-country band Stone Poets together. Kris Kehr continues to travel and perform as a soloist as well as with wife Julie. He also plays mandolin & guitar in the original band MIZ as well as 2 different acoustic Grateful Dead-related projects, Garcia Grass & 9 Finger Saloon which further extend the length of Kehr’s roots as a musician.
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If a song is about provoking thought, initiating a strand of mental imagery or relating to events of memory in persons' lives, then this piece is among the best. Something about the character of good music transends social boundaries and has the ability to teach us that we're just all a little bit alike. "Our Dreams Back Then" strikes on of these universal of thought in anyone old enough to reflect back upon life.
review written by: jkoslosky
Kris is a terrific songwriter and this is one of his best.
review written by: Maurice Forrester
A beautiful journey over the open road of life that should make anyone pause, if even for a second, and think about, in a Dylan-esque manner, the trials and tribulations of life.
review written by: Kenny