Kris Kehr (pronounced ‘CARE’) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist originally from Berks County, PA. He has been playing professionally for over 25 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 after 10 years - a few years of touring regionally (Eastern US) and nationally with jam-grass band The Recipe, 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 at home performing, writing and recording. Besides playing music he also produces a live music podcast called Black Mountain Underground. He is currently working on a new acoustic album of his own music while performing regularly in State College, the Scranton area and throughout Pennsylvania as well as the greater Berks County area either as a soloist or mandolinist in the dead-tribute band Garcia Grass, playing bass in the original progressive-bluegrass outfit Pavlov’s Dawgs or sitting in on various instruments with one of his many musical friends throughout the area.
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