Dick Kimmel

Kimmel & Longtine

Dick Kimmel & Co.


Dick Kimmel & Co

Dick Kimmel - vocals, mandolin, guitar & clawhammer banjo

Tony Rook - vocals & guitar

Graham Sones - banjo & vocals

Terry Johnson - bass 

Visit YouTube - Dick Kimmel & Co - I'm Going Back To Old Kentucky

Dick Kimmel & Co is a 4-piece bluegrass band based in southern Minnesota.  Since the 1970's, Dick Kimmel's bands have performed throughout North America and Europe. In 2008, this band received the National Traditional Country Music Association's "Rising Legend Award."  Dick Kimmel & Co's style of bluegrass is laced with original songs that seem like classics,  

Dick Kimmel & Co 



Recent CD's from Dick Kimmel & Co include the award-winning bluegrass gospel recording, "Dick Kimmel & Co - My Lord Keeps A Record" recognized as one of the top bluegrass gospel recordings in 2005 by the International Bluegrass Music Association.  In 2016, Dick Kimmel & Co was featured on 2 recordings, "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch" and "Tony Rook - The Road Back Home."     

Dick Kimmel has been performing bluegrass music since the 1950's.  With his band, Dick handles lead and harmony vocals in addition to playing mandolin and occasionally guitar and clawhammer banjo.  Dick has recorded more than 2-dozen albums, including 7 CD's for Copper Creek Records.  His solo recordings include "Dick Kimmel -25 Year Collection" (Copper Creek Records CD-0143), "Dick Kimmel-Wild Turkey Rag" (Copper Creek Records CD-0115), his clawhammer banjo release, "Dick Kimmel -Fishin' Creek Blues" (Copper Creek Records CD-0173) and a mandolin recording "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch" (Dick Kimmel Music CD-201601).  In a 1994 feature article, Bluegrass Unlimited referred to Dick as the "Ambassador of Bluegrass."  On stage, Dick's emcee work paints a picture of bluegrass music and its colorful history from information he gained as a writer for international bluegrass music magazines.  Dick Kimmel is a 'triple hall of famer' - a 2012 inductee into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame, a 2010 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and a 2008 inductee into America's Old-Time Country Music Hall of Fame.  In 2014, he received a nomination for SPBGMA's Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year Award.  See the "Artist Profile" link on this website for more information on Dick's background. 

Singer, songwriter, and lead guitarist, Tony Rook, is a native of North Carolina. Tony's first solo recording, "Tony Rook - The Road Back Home," highlighting his songwriting talents, was released in April 2016.  This recording features the members of Dick Kimmel & Co.

The firm foundation for the band's instrumental sound comes from the exceptional banjo playing of Graham Sones. He has played Scruggs-style banjo for more than 40 years. This Rochester, MN native performed and recorded with some of the Midwest's top bluegrass bands. Additionally, Graham is an excellent lead singer and adds the baritone vocals to DKC's trio and quartet harmonies.

Standup-acoustic bass player, Terry Johnson, is a native of Balaton, MN. Terry grew up in a family of musicians.   Terry now lives in the Twin Cities. His solid rhythm and knowledge of chord structures are intergral to his fitting DKC like a fine glove.     

Comments About Dick Kimmel & Co:

"Dick Kimmel & Co is absolutely rock-solid, professional! Look for Dick Kimmel & Co on posters as the  festival season next year begins to roll around.  Go to support the festival, but go especially to see and hear this band perform.  If you have even the slightest reverence for the style of bluegrass we have inherited from the first generation greats and beyond, you will walk away at evening's end humming and singing this band's songs and looking for more festival posters."  Len Kalakian, Inside Bluegrass, December 2009.

"Dick has assembled a fine band with wonderfully blended vocal harmonies and instrumentation ranging from hard-driving to softly melodic. With the deeply heartfelt vocals and stirring messages of hope and redemption, it's hard to believe that the band has never recorded a gospel album before. Definitely a must for fans of well done gospel music."  California Bluegrass Association web site, July 2005

"Tops in bluegrass - internationally traveled"  Mountain Music Showbarn, Custer, SD, July 1996.

"They played at the Copper Grid in Madison, Wisconsin, to a standing room only crowd of bluegrass fans...the band played and sang hard driving, straight forward bluegrass music liberally sprinkled with stories and laugher...After two encores, the crowd reluctantly let them close the show."  Carmen Burnett, Fireball Mail, May-June 2000.

"Your superbly exciting blend of traditional bluegrass music, performed with dedication and authenticity, struck home to the hearts of our audiences."  Guildtown (Scotland) Bluegrass Festival, September 1994.