Off the Record, by fusion/jazz group James Kennedy and Friends has been submitted and accepted for consideration at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards under the category Best Instrumental Album (non-classical).
The album features Mt. Vernon musicians, James Kennedy on 6- and 12-string guitars, Catherine Lawson on violin, Matt Alles on bass and Iowa Citys Eric Madison on drums. The album also includes special guest, Steve Maurice on harmonica and concertina.
With a return to roots for the group, songs span many genres including blues, jazz folk and rock. One of the unique abilities James Kennedy brings to songwriting is a wide assortment of styles. He writes these great melodies that allow us to explore different musical avenues as a group and reach out to a wider audience, said Madison.
The group has been honored with awards including Kweevak Editors Choice and Readers Survey for the past five years and other independent music honors. Guitarist Kennedy has been featured in 21 releases from label Heart Consort Music and featured in Downbeat, Jazz Review and OPlace Jazz.
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Those interested in supporting James Kennedy and Friends can purchase the album Off the Record from CD Baby .

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