Dick Kimmel

Kimmel & Longtine











Dick & Ian Kimmel

Dick Kimmel - vocals and guitar, mandolin, and clawhammer banjo

Ian Kimmel
- vocals and guitar, mandolin, and resonator guitar

Exciting music is in store as Dick & Ian Kimmel, a father-son duo, take the stage for an energetic performance of classic bluegrass and old-time songs, contemporary folk rock, and exceptional original songs.    

Ian Kimmel has spent much of his 20 years performing music with his father, triple hall of famer Dick Kimmel.  When Ian was 17 years old, his musical prowess was recognized by the Society for the Preservation of the Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) when they honored him as their Midwest 2014 SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the year.  He has played and recorded with his own bands, most notably Ian Kimmel & the Heard and Barton's Hollow.  In recent years he has toured and performed with many artists including Becky Buller, Alan Munde, Adam Steffey, Franks Sullivan, and Bobby Hicks.  Ian is currently a music major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA majoring in Music Production and Music Performance.

Dick Kimmel is well-known within bluegrass and traditional music circles having performed for more that 50 years throughout North America and Europe.  Dick is a 2012 inductee into the Midwest Music Hall of Fame, a 2010 inductee into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, and  a 2008 inductee into the Traditional Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.  In 2014 Dick was nominated as SPBGMA's 2014 Bluegrass Entertainer of the Year.  In 2016 Dick was awarded "2015-2016 International Ambassador of the Year" by the Bluegrass Association of North Dakota (BAND).  See the 'Artist Profile' page on this website for a full description of Dick's impact on bluegrass music.  Dick is a full-time bluegrass musician.

Ian and Dick Kimmel have been featured on 4 recordings together, "Dick Kimmel & Co - Dreamin'," and the "Dick Kimmel - Corbett on the Couch" (2016), "Dick Kimmel & Pamela Longtine - Fiddle and Mandolin" (2017), and "Pamela Longtine - Saddle Old Kate" (2018).

As a duo, Ian and Dick Kimmel play music as close as those famous brother duets from the earliest days of bluegrass, traditional country music, and the family folk music groups.  However, they add a very special menu of more modern flavorings, rock or blues numbers, songs penned by both musicians, as well as traditional and original bluegrass selections.