Dick Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg
Dick Kimmel - vocals and guitar, mandolin and clawhammer banjo>
Jerilyn Kjellberg - vocals and guitar
"Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg present truly lovely renditions of classic bluegrass and old-time songs sung and played with sincerity, warmth, and great beauty." -- Sing Out (Winter 2008)
The superb duo harmonies of Dick Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg have received high praise from the international bluegrass media. On February 24, 2012, Dick and Jerilyn will be inducted into the Mid-America Music Hall of Fame. Supported by their band, Dick Kimmel & Co, they will perform at the Induction Show.
The 2007 release of a duo CD
by Dick Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg, "Dick
Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg - Somebody Loves You Darlin' (Copper
Creek Records CCCD-0245), sparked an interest in this duo's music. Kimmel and Kjellberg had performed together for
years as part of the traditional bluegrass band, "Dick Kimmel & Co."
their duets during band performances led to their recording and a
demand for their duet performances.
In the December 2007 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, Steve Goldfield wrote, "Duet singing is one of the primary threads in old-time and traditional country music. We have brother duos, sister duos, and male/female duos. Dick Kimmel and Jerilyn Kjellberg are a marvelous addition to this tradition...Kimmel and Kjellberg braid their voices together into a deliciously rich harmony...(their) arrangements (with Kimmel on guitar, mandolin, or banjo) are simple and tasteful. Both have strong and subtle voices that express the material beautifully...Highly recommended to anyone who loves great duet singing."
Dick Kimmel & Jerilyn Kjellberg play in the style of the pioneers of traditional bluegrass and country music from the south-central Appalachians during the early 1900's. Trading lead and harmony vocals on stage, Kimmel and Kjellberg weave their voices and instrumentation into a blend that is at times poignant, at times exhilarating, and always compelling. Both musicians share the role of lead vocalist. However, the vocal blend of these musicians on their duo harmonies is, as described by Jerry Barney for Inside Bluegrass (January 2008), …" nigh onto-perfect harmony…voices…which complement each other perfectly." Dick Kimmel, a 50- year veteran of traditional bluegrass and old-time music, takes the lead role with the instrumentation, playing guitar, mandolin, or clawhammer banjo. Jerilyn Kjellberg adds the rhythm guitar with a thumb-index finger strum reminiscent of Maybelle Carter's playing in the 1930's. In addition to their duo CD, Kimmel and Kjellberg have released 2 recent CD's with their 5-piece bluegrass band, Dick Kimmel & Co - Dreamin' (DKC Records 2011-1) and Dick Kimmel & Co - My Lord Keeps a Record (Copper Creek Record CCCD-0240).
This southern Minnesota duo receives excellent comments and reviews for their music, performances and recordings:
Al Shusterman, from Backroads Bluegrass (KCBL, Sacramento, CA), wrote, “Wow!! The impact of this extraordinary CD just takes your breath away.”
Eberhardt Finke in Bluegrass Buhne (Germany - translation by J. Diffley) (August/September 2007) writes: "Everything is tasteful, well-played, and simply wonderful to listen to again and again."
"I saw you on RFD-TV with Jerilyn Kjellberg singing 'Katy Dear' and 'The Midnight Train.' You sang three songs on that show. This is the best Bluegrass since Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. I am 79 years old and have been picking Bluegrass and Country for 65 years and really think you got the best band I have heard in a long time." Clem, South Point OH, July 27, 2006
George Mercer, co-host of Rural Free Delivery (WVUD, Newark, DE), described their music as “…just plain really good.”
And Phil Nusbaum (syndicated radio's Bluegrass Review and KBEM, Minneapolis, MN) writes: "Great songs, great harmony, and sung from the heart. You can't ask for more than that."