Like many others, this musical voyage begins with an emphatic piano teacher, repeatedly placing a child’s finger onto the correct note (or note she wanted him to play). Born into a family of many generations of musicians, Kevin found his way to music at an early age. An electric guitar given to Kevin for his eighteenth birthday provided a tool to help him on his path to creative sonic power. By no means were the early stages of playing guitar easy.
Now, 17 years later, Kevin plays guitar, keyboards, bass, drums, mandolin, accordion, harmonica, lap steel, steel drums, banjo, baritone ukulele, a little tenor saxophone and is currently studying the musical saw. Kevin writes and records songs with his wife, Rachael, whom he met playing music at a yacht club in Marina del Rey. Kevin and Rachael can still be found playing the occasional gig as “The Pugh’s”. Kevin occasionally has the opportunity to accompany Un Young Chong’s big band called Happy Music. Learning standards from Sousa to Ellington have kept Kevin grounded and helped him understand that there is always room for learning more about music. Learning more about music has inspired Kevin to host numerous jam sessions in the LA area bringing many different people and styles together.
Kevin has performed in Dan Reutter’s comedy/music extravaganza “3 Chords & a Dirty Mouth” since 2000, performing at such venues as the Laugh Factory, The Hollywood Improv, The Ice House, IO West, The Knitting Factory, The Cat Club and the infamous Crooked Bar shows. In addition, Kevin has sat in with various bands around town for live shows.
About four years ago, Kevin took up home brewing. In between frequent visits to the recording studio, he has made over 96 gallons of various ales which he calls “Pugh Brew™”. Listen for beer references in his songs and take a sip every time you hear a “suds” reference…at least that what he does. Who knows, maybe it will inspire you as much as it inspires Kevin!
To define Kevin Pugh’s musical styling one must be prepared to embark on a journey, spanning several genres and decades of musical expression. At its heart, Kevin’s music is grounded in the fundamentals of folk pop. In his debut album “Get It”, Kevin finds himself experimenting in many different genres that peak his interest. From the first track, inspired by epic movie scores, Chicago blues, to the sitars, musical saws, standard instruments, wah-wah guitars, bongos, ragtime and bluegrass, no curiosity is left untapped. Above all else, Kevin is about enjoying music and sharing all that it can bring. Kevin defines himself as a musician who “takes music from his brain and puts it in your ears.” To understand Kevin, sit down with an ice cold beer, a plate of fancy cheese, turn your lights down low, crank up the album and “Get It”.
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