You can never have too much fun. That's been the rallying cry for Kinderhook for 40-some years. And "Too Much Fun" is one of the tunes on the band's first studio produced CD, simply titled "Kinderhook."
"It's never too late," smiled Andy Fediw, bass player/vocals and one of three original members still with the now 6-piece band. "It's something we talked about for a while. We were finally able to put all the pieces together."
"It was truly a group project," added Jerry Kopychuck, another original band member who plays guitar and sings. "It took us a while because we wanted to get everything just right."
Formerly known as Kinderhook Creek, the group has shared the stage with numerous major acts over the years including The Byrds, Alabama, Dickey Betts, Joan Jett, New Riders of the Purple Sage, David Bromberg, Poco, and Commander Cody. In recent years they've performed throughout the state including shows at the Stanhope House, Wonder Bar, Stone Pony, and McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park. They've been called upon to play at reunions and many other special events hosted by longtime fans.
A big special event is on tap for Sunday Feb. 17 at McLoone's Supper Club in Asbury Park. Doors for the band's Official CD Release Partyopen at 6 with Kinderhook taking the stage at 7:30.
"Having our CD Release Party in Asbury Park is perfect," said drummer Craig Barry, also an original. "We played so many shows at the shore. In many ways the shore was our home base back in the day."
Rounding out the current band line-up are Jimmy Ryan, pedal and lap steel/vocals, formerly of another band favorite from years ago, Cowtown; Jack Kurlansik, who has performed with various groups, on guitar; and Gary Oleyar, violin/banjo/guitar, who has played with several major acts, including Jim Messina.
All the songs on the CD were written by band members. "Run Boy Run", written by Fediw, for example, is about man's best friend. That song has gotten airplay on radio stations around the country. "Good Guys Wear Black" is a tribute to those who ride motorcycles, "Cowboy Union" is a throwback favorite to the group's early days, and "Rumble at the Roadhouse" brings back a time when roadhouses were typical musical stops for bands. Other tunes on the CD, a mix of ballads and high energy, are "Let's Go", "Love Takes a Part of You", "It's Not the Same", and "Cash on the Barrelhead". And showing that the band still has that sense of humor that it has always had, "Unfriended" is a soon to be classic that pokes fun at Facebook. When playing live they mix originals with classic favorites.
For more on the band, visit kinderhookmusic.com or it's Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Kinderhook-225383710838526/. Additionally the CD is available through CD Baby.
Advance tickets for the McLoone's show are recommended. Go to www.timmcloonessupperclub.com.