For immediate release:
After more than 12 years
performing and recording with Dick Kimmel, both as a duo and with Dick
Kimmel & Co, Jerilyn Kjellberg has announced her retirement from
Tony Rook now joins Dick Kimmel & Co on
guitar and vocals.
Rook is originally from North Carolina
where he had music associations with Bobby Hicks and performed and
recorded with many groups including “Rook and Wood” and “The Eno
For duo and band photos of Jerilyn Kjellberg, visit the photo gallery on this site.
Tony Rook has joined the Dick Kimmel & Co. Tony, a native of North Carolina, is a powerhouse bluegrass singer and lead guitarist. DKC members are excited about the addition to the band and, particularly, playing the many excellent bluegrass songs penned by Tony. This past July, Tony joined with Dick Kimmel & Co for an historical Civil War event where Tony's original composition, Lauralee, was referred to as the highlight of the entire event according to the Mankato (MN) Free Press. Members of Dick Kimmel & Co have already been in the studio with Tony helping with Tony's upcoming solo CD.
Recordings - Dick Kimmel & Co's latest recording, entitled "Dick Kimmel and Co - Dreamin'" presents a unique collection of songs: driving bluegrass numbers from the masters of bluegrass (Goodbye Old Pal: Bill Monroe and I'll Love Nobody But You: Jim and Jesse) and originals from this band (Homeless and Heartbroken by Dick Kimmel). Comments from an Inside Bluegrass review of Dick Kimmel & Co - Dreamin' included: "Dreamin' is DK&Co's third album, and it exhibits maturity that can only get gained by experience. Its twelve cuts represent the art of the bluegrass genre as it exists...Original-song seekers will appreciate the Kimmel-penned 'Homeless and Heartbroken'...A safe recommend."
CD Review from Australia - Jan Dale from Southern Style (PBS-FM, www.pbsfm.org.au) writes:
"Dick Kimmel & Co. just keep getting better and better. Their latest offering Dreamin' has some fine lead vocals and duets...Very accomplished instrumental work too. Every track is good but I especially love the title track Dreamin', Jesse McReynolds song I'll love nobody but you...and Monroe's Goodbye Old Pal on which Dick shows what a fine yodeller he is. I love this album and enjoy playing it for my listeners."
Thanks for the excellent CD reviews! Comments regarding two of our past recordings include:
"Dick Kimmel &
Jerilyn Kjellberg - Somebody Loves You Darlin'" (Copper Creek Records
"Dick Kimmel & Co - My Lord Keeps A Record" (Copper Creek Records CCCD-240)
California Bluegrass Association: "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...Jerilyn('s)...rendition of 'Tramp on the Street' has a poignancy and sensitivity that few singers can muster...Definitely a must for fans of well done gospel music."
Comments from Letters and Emails
Just wanted to let you know the CDs arrived today. Thanks for getting them out to me so quickly. I spent an enjoyable afternoon listening to them. They are all great, however, I think my very favorite would be the Dreamin' CD. I love it.
- Elaine, Shakopee, MN, January 9, 2012
What an excellent evening of musical fun
at your cd release at Turner Hall was! The music as well as the onstage
banter provided everyone a wonderfully entertaining night. Kudos also
on a wonderful new cd, I must have listened to Katie Dear a dozen times
already since I purchased the cd.
"Three Jewels in the Master's Crown" on RFD-TV on March 17. I
thought that the song was very beautiful. I hope to see you
perform again on RFD-TV.
"Chalk up the Dick Kimmel
& Co mini tour of Wisconsin as a total success!! ...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
laughter...My favorite song of the evening was Dick singing the
beautiful old Prisoners Song . Dick sang it tenderly and with
great feeling...Then, he absolutely brought down the house by singing
it like a typical bluegrass band would sing it today--with lots of fire
and speed!!!...After two encores, the crowd reluctantly let them close
the show...It was a stellar evening at the Copper Grid. I know
they will be coming back to Wisconsin soon and when they do, don't miss
ENDORSEMENTS - Dick Kimmel is proud to endorse:
D'Addario Strings - Dick uses D'Addario strings on all of his instruments. He uses D'Addario EXP17 or EJ17 Medium Gauge Guitar Strings, EXP74 Medium Gauge Mandolin Strings, and J61 Medium Gauge Banjo Strings. "The EXP strings have a great sound that maintains itself in between string changes. The best strings I've ever used."
Chuck Lee Banjos - This exceptional Texas banjo craftsman designed a custom banjo with Dick Kimmel. Dick says, "Chuck was great to work with in designing a non-traditional banjo. I asked for a 3 1/2 inch deep pot--12 inches in diameter with a wooden tone ring to bring out the deep tones. The banjo is extremely resonant. The artistic quality of this banjo and the craftsmanship are superb." For information, including a photo of Dick with the Lee "turkey" banjo visit: http://www.LeeBanjos.com
JR's Claw Picks
many clawhammer banjo players, I don't have fingernails that will hold up through many
nights of performing. Also, I've found that flatpicking a guitar and
mandolin also wears the right index nail down as well. I had
struggled with various false fingernail concoctions for decades.
JR's Claw Picks sound natural, seat firmly on my finger, and feel
great to play with. For information contact Val Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org