Dallax, TX–Higher Ground Records recording artist Kenny Davin Fine, the world renowned “Physician-Musician on a Mission” whose groundbreaking research helped pioneer the gluten-free movement, is embarking on a U.S. tour of unique “Health in Music” CD release events with his 6-piece all-star band supporting his spiritually infused ninth album, Son of the Heart, set for release May 20.
A diverse mix of roots rock, power pop, tropical “island country” and anthem rock currently impacting country radio playlists, Son of the Heart was produced by blockbuster hit-maker Michael Lloyd (Dirty Dancing, Bellamy Brothers, Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra) with some of the top studio musicians in the business.
Kenny Davin Fine, who sacrificed a conventional career in medicine and much more “for goodness’ sake,” has scheduled initial “Health in Music” CD Release Events in Philadelphia (May 13 at the Tin Angel), Nashville(May 21 at Douglas Corner), and his hometown, St. Louis (June 8, Trainwreck Saloon) to celebrate the release of Son of the Heart. More dates will be announced soon.
Kenny’s all-star touring band is: Lance Hoppen (Orleans), bass; Lane Hoppen (Orleans), keyboards; Brad Davis (Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash), lead guitar; Charley Morgan (Elton John, Glen Campbell), drums; Steve Hinson (Dolly Parton, Luke Bryan), lap steel; and Ron Jones (Al Green), saxophone.
Following in the vein of artists such as Matisyahu and Peter Himmelman, Kenny Davin Fine writes lyrics of passion that become the songs which fuel his mission to elevate listeners to a place of spiritual clarity and “goodness.” The Dallas Morning News said Kenny “is sure to continue his quest to heal others by combining his two gifts.”
“I grew up listening to the music of artists such as Neil Young and the Allman Brothers,” says Kenny. “They instinctively knew that if they wrote and played from their passion that the lyrics and the music would affect listeners. I am inspired by that as a jumping off place, and then I try to take it to the next level by mixing in spiritual understanding with those great tunes. The lyrics come to me in my dreams and sometimes the meaning of them eludes me until months or years later.”
Kenny is a self-described “spiritual journeyman” who discovered his singing voice as a cantor in a synagogue and realized in that moment that he could be the voice which stirs people’s souls. He continues his cantor practices to this day.
Diverse mix of songs take the listener on a journey: The emphasis track, the Allmans and Dylan inspired “Dreamin’,” is an upbeat tune that encourages the listener to enjoy life and love. “Dreamin’” has been getting attention at country radio, and was #2 Most Added in its 2nd week;“Who’s That Girl” is pure power pop ear candy, with sweet melodies and sugary harmonies; “Summer of Love” will please any Parrott Head, with its Buffett-like “island country” tropical flavor; “Friendship,” which names Young and other fabled artists like Jim Morrison and Bob Dylandirectly in the song; to a spiritual shout to the heavens through the lyrics of “Aliyah.”
Son of the Heart is a wonderful serving of music from a true collaboration of forces: the producer, the musicians, the studio, and Kenny himself.
Michael Lloyd is a celebrated producer who oversaw the blockbuster Dirty Dancingsoundtrack and has over 100 gold and platinum records ranging from standards, pop and rock to country, jazz and gospel, from artists such as Lou Rawls, Frank Sinatra, the Bellamy Brothers, Belinda Carlisle, Hal Ketchum and dozens more.
The players on the record read like a Who’s Who of heavy hitting musicians: Leland Sklar (bass), John Ferraro (drums), Tim Pierce (guitars),John Jorgenson (guitars), Jim Cox (keyboards), Paul Franklin (steel), Jimmy Nichols (accordion), and Ron Jones (sax). They all claim credits for playing with such legendary artists as Bruce Springsteen, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr, B.B. King, Neil Diamond, Linda Ronstadt, Hall & Oates, Reba McEntire, Albert Lee, Al Green, and Elton John – just the tip of their collective musical iceberg.
To add to the magic, the songs were recorded in Los Angeles at The Village Studios, famous for its historic affiliations with the Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, the Doors, George Harrison, John Lennon, Dylan and countless others.
“Michael (producer, Michael Lloyd) and I both intuitively understand that music as an art form is created through a spiritually creative process,” says Kenny. “That’s where our bond began. And the record is the proof of that theory.”
Son of the Heart is available on iTUNES and most digital download destinations as of May 20.