Bio and Discography




Sample and Buy Music

Kevin McKendree was born with an inherent, obsessive love of music. He began to play the piano at the age of three. Teaching himself by ear, listening to records by Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ray Charles and other early Rock & Roll/ R&B pioneers. When he was ten, inspired by B.B. King, he began to play the guitar. Throughout his teens his obsession led him to many different styles of music, which he brought to the many bands he played with.

Kevin's professional career began in 1987, when the seventeen year old's talent was recognized by Peter Bonta, a long time Washington D.C. area music scene fixture and owner of Wally Cleavers Recording. Peter introduced him to many of the area's top blues artists (including Big Joe Maher, Tom Principato, Bob Margolin & Mark Wenner). Very quickly, he became one of the most in demand musicians in the area.

In 1995, Kevin left his haunts in the Washington, D.C. area to move to Nashville, TN. Recommended by The Rolling Stones' keyboardist, Chuck Leavell, he backed Arista recording artist Lee Roy Parnell. Still in his twenties, Kevin co-wrote and co- produced the Grammy nominated piano driven instrumental, "Mama, Screw Your Wig On Tight."

In 1997, Kevin joined Delbert McClinton as his band leader, playing on the Grammy winning albums, "Nothing Personal" and "Cost Of Living," and the Grammy nominated album, "Room To Breathe." Delbert's easy touring schedule enabled him to have the best of both worlds in Nashville; recording sessions during the week and playing "live" on the weekends.

At the beginning of 2011, Kevin stopped playing full time with Delbert in order to have a more flexible schedule and capitalize on the many other opportunities that were surrounding him. These included recordings and world tours with both Brian Setzer and John Oates, as well as producing album projects in his studio, The Rock House.

Over the years, Kevin has played on hundreds of releases and performed thousands of times live with a wide range of artists, musicians and producers including: Little Richard, Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell, Seven Mary Three, Buddy Guy, John Oates, Anson Funderburgh, Vince Gill, Brian Setzer, Wynnona, Kix Brooks, Tom Dowd, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Earl King, Tinsley Ellis, Bonnie Bramlett, Randy Houser, Johnny Sandlin, Mike Henderson, Don Was, Kentucky Headhunters, David Hood, Johnny Adams, Jim James, Pam Tillis, Zigaboo Modeliste, Larry Graham, Hal Ketchum, T. Graham Brown, George Thorogood, Etta James.....and many, many more!

Kevin, recently, has been focused on songwriting and producing in his own studio, The Rock House. The studio, which resembles a warm wood filled chapel, has natural light and a creative vibe. In Kevin's words, "I wanted a place that lends itself to spontaneity, a place to make good music with my friends outside of the Nashville norm."

You can catch Kevin, with the Mike Henderson Band, just about every Monday night at renowned Nashville venue, The Bluebird Cafe. You can also catch him performing with a wide variety of artists by checking the calendar at

You can catch Kevin, with the Mike Henderson Band, just about every Monday night at renowned Nashville venue, The Bluebird Cafe. You can also catch him performing with a wide variety of artists by checking the calendar at


Bio and Discography

Kevin performed on the following recordings:

Title Artist Label
1990 Good Rockin' Daddy Big Joe Maher Powerhouse
1991 Mellow Down Easy Carey Bell Blind Pig
1991 In Orbit Tom Principato Powerhouse
1991 Hot Stuff Tom Principato Powerhouse
1992 Cool Dynaflow Big Joe And The Dynaflows Tramp
1992 Tip Of The Iceberg Tom Principato Powerhouse
1994 Layin' In The Alley Big Joe & The Dynaflows Black Top
1995 Blues, Mistletoe, & Santa's Little Helper Various Artists (Big Joe & The Dynaflows) Black Top
1995 We All Get Lucky Sometimes Lee Roy Parnell Arista
1995 44 Lee McBee & The Passions Red Hot
1995 In The Clouds Tom Principato Powerhouse
1996 Star Of Wonder Various Artists (Lee Roy Parnell) Arista
1996 King Of The Honky Tonk Sax Joe Stanley Wild Child/Mapleshade
1997 Blues Bar-B-Que Various Astists (Big Joe & The Dynaflows) Black Top
1997 Fire It Up Tinsley Ellis Alligator
1997 Songs Of Janis Joplin: Blues Down Deep Various Artists (Etta James, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson...) House Of Blues
1997 That's What They Want Anson Funderburgh & Sam Meyers Black Top
1997 Every Night's A Saturday Night Lee Roy Parnell Career/Arista
1997 The Blues You Would Just Hate To Lose Various Artists (Danny Morris, Baby Jake & The Rattles...) Right ON Rhythm
1997 Rock Crown Seven Mary Three Mammoth/Atlantic
1998 I'm Still Swingin' Big Joe And The Dynaflows Severn
1998 I Saw The Light Hal Ketchum Curb
1998 Drive Thru Love Robert Lighthouse Right On Rhythm
1998 Last Go Round Tad Robinson Delmark
1998 Orange Avenue Seven Mary Three Mammoth/Atlantic
1999 Too Fast For Conditions Li'l Ronnie & The Grand Dukes Planetary
1999 Awaiting Redemption Hal Ketchum Curb
1999 Hits & Highways Ahead Lee Roy Parnell Arista
1999 Jacksboro Highway Rob Roy Parnell Blue Rocket
1999 Pearls In The Snow: The Songs Of Kinky Friedman Various Artists (Delbert McClinton, Lee Roy Parnell) Kinkajew
2000 Kingpin Tinsley Ellis Capricorn
2000 Forbidden Fruits And Vegetables Danny Flowers Groovetone
2000 Down To The Well Kevin Gordon Shanachie
2000 Last Train Home Last Train Home Adult Swim
2000 Get it While It's Hot Doug Jay Out Of Space
2000 Mojo Mamas Various Artists (Big Time Sarah, Shirley Johnson...) Blue Chicago
2000 The Blues You Would Just Hate To Lose, Vol. 2 Various Artists (Big Joe & The Dynaflows, Robert Lighthouse) Right On Rhythm
2000 Miss Laura's Kitchen Kevin McKendree & Brothers From Other Mothers East Folks
2000 New Role Soul Robert Ward Delmark
2000 On The Verge Of Survival Don Wise Horn O'Copia
2001 I Don't Know If It's True, But It Happened To Me Dave Duncan Bone Tone
2001 Nothing Personal Delbert McClinton New West
2001 Tell The Truth Lee Roy Parnell Vanguard
2001 Country Goes Raffi Various Artists (Lee Roy Parnell) Rounder
2001 The Economy Of Sound Seven Mary Three Mammoth
2002 Hey, Y'all Elizabeth Cook Warner Brothers
2002 Hell Or High Water Tinsley Ellis Telarc
2002 All Blues'd Up Various Artists (Etta James) Compendia
2002 Room To Breathe Delbert McClinton New West
2002 Walking All The Way Todd Sharp WannaPlay
2002 Genuine Snake Don Wise Horn O'Copia
2003 The Next Right Thing T. Graham Brown Compendia
2003 Time And Water Last Train Home Adult Swim
2003 King Of Love Hal Ketchum Curb
2003 Live Delbert McClinton New West
2003 On Rob McNelley Dee Five Oh
2003 House On Fire Tom Principato Powerhouse
2004 Live At Billy Bob's Texas T. Graham Brown Smith Music Group
2004 Hard Way Tinsley Ellis Telarc
2004 Radical Heart Ross Falzone Poet People
2004 By Any Other Name Mary McBride Reality
2004 Out Of The Blue Clay McClinton
2004 Did You Ever Wonder Tad Robinson Severn
2004 The Blue Side Ericson Holt  Waterman
2004 Party In A Box Steve Bassett
2005 The Mighty Jeremiahs The Mighty Jeremiahs Paradigm Shift
2005 Cost Of Living Delbert McClinton New West
2005 Hammers & Strings Kevin McKendree East Folks/Powerhouse
2005 Skeptic Tank  Taildragger Paradigm Shift
2005 In The Cool Pieta Brown Valley Entertainment
2005 Healing Ground Jimmy Thackery Telarc
2005 Make It Through This World  Greg Trooper Sugar Hill
2005 Rockabilly Riot: A Tribute To Sun Brian Setzer Surf Dog
2005 Highfalootin Highfalootin
2005 Rhythm Method Teresa James & The Rhythm Tramps
2005 Guitar Gumbo Tom Principato Powerhouse
2005 Lowe Profile: A Tribute To Nick Lowe Various Artists (Greg Trooper) Brewery
2005 You Don't Know Me Steve Bassett
2006 Back To The Well Lee Roy Parnell Universal South
2006 Enough Rope Chris Knight Drifter's Church
2006 Lazy Afternoon Jason Wilber WilberTone Records
2007 Son Of A Gun Clay McClinton
2007 Rhinestoned Pam Tillis Stellar Cat Records
2007 Tools For The Soul Danny Flowers Brash
2007 Moment Of Truth Tinsley Ellis Alligator
2007 No Easy Way Out Danny Brooks Rockin' Camel
2007 Full Moon On Blues Street Kenny Acosta Rockin' Camel
2007 God Is Calling Sister Grace TKB Music
2007 Life Here On Earth Ross Falzone Give Music
2007 Healin Groove Joe McGlohon Queen B Records
2008 Let's Start Something Rob Roy Parnell Blue Rocket
2008 By Request Teresa James Jesi-Lu Records
2008 Beautiful Bonnie Bramlett Rockin' Camel
2008 Anything Goes Randy Houser Universal South
2008 Imus Ranch Record Various (Delbert McClinton New West
2009 Escape From The Chicken Coop Watermelon Slim Northern Blues
2009 Leap Of Faith Seth Walker Hyena
2009 Acquired Taste Delbert McClinton & Dick50 New West
Say Go
Jim Stephanson

Watermelon Slim
Northern Blues
Carol & Dale

Carnival Of Soul
Mike Clark

John Brannen

Our Journey
The McCrary Sisters

Down South
Jim Quick

Quinn Sullivan

2120 South Michigan Ave.
George Thorogood

Fortunes Lost, Fortunes Told
Jonell Mosser

You Can't Keep A Good Man Down
Big Joe & The Dynaflows
West County Drifter
Eric Lindell

Mississippi Mile
John Oates

Dixie Lullabies
The Kentucky Headhunters

Time Can Change
Seth Walker

The Bluesville Sessions
John Oates

Soul Shot
Curtis Salgado

Rockabilly Riot! Live From The Planet
Brian Setzer

Red And Blue
Mad Buffalo

Walking With Angels
Ernie Hendrickson

Deal With It
4 Jacks

All The Way
The McCrary Sisters

Drink Drank Drunk
Andy T Band

Get It!
Tinsley Ellis

Go Top Main Menu E-mail Kevin


? Kevin McKendree, The Rock House
webdesign by Ardee Design Group