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Mike Keneally with Andy West
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Mike Keneally

“Keneally is the leading progressive rock genius of the post-Zappa era.”
– All Music Guide

Acclaimed as a creative and ingenious guitarist/keyboardist, MIKE KENEALLY’s talents as a vocalist, songwriter, arranger, producer and multi-instrumentalist are nearly unequalled in rock music.

KENEALLY has released over 30 albums of his original music since 1992, and has built a body of work of remarkable inventiveness and originality. The most recent is 2016's Scambot 2/Inkling.

KENEALLY first came to prominence in Frank Zappa’s last touring band in 1988. During the 90s Mike began recording and touring his solo work, making the albums hat, Boil That Dust Speck and Sluggo! In 1999 he, along with Scott Chatfield, formed Exowax Recordings and began issuing a series of startlingly creative albums on a regular basis, while keeping up a steady stream of live gigs with his constantly evolving band, Beer For Dolphins.

Meanwhile he continued working with artists like Steve Vai, Dethklok, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Mastodon, Robert Fripp, Andy Partridge of XTC, Kevin Gilbert, The Persuasions and countless others.

Along with Andy West, Henry Kaiser and Prairie Prince, Keneally formed the avant-rock supergroup The Mistakes and released one eponymous album in 1995; several songs from this revered collaboration will receive a rare live airing during Keneally and West's ProgDay set.

Since 2010 KENEALLY has been a constant touring and recording member of Joe Satriani's band. He recently co-produced Devin Townsend's new album Empath, and will be touring with Devin beginning in late 2019. Earlier in 2019 KENEALLY was bandleader/musical director for The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa tour, with more tour dates planned for 2019 and 2020.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY:

• hat. (1992)
• Boil That Dust Speck (1994)
• Half Alive In Hollywood (1995)
• Sluggo! (1997)
• The Tar Tapes Vol 1 (1997)
• The Tar Tapes Vol 2 (1998)
• Nonkertompf (1999)
• Dancing (2000)
• Dancing With Myself (2000)
• Wooden Smoke (2001)
• Wooden Smoke Asleep (2001)
• Vai Piano Reductions Vol 1 (2004)
• The Universe Will Provide (2004)
• Parallel Universe (2004)
• Dog (2004)
• Pup (2004)
• Guitar Therapy Live (2006)
• Wine And Pickles (2008)
• The Scambot Holiday Special (2008)
• Scambot 1 (2009)
• Songs and Stories Inspired by Scambot 1 (2009)
• Evidence of Humanity (w/Marco Minnemann) (2010)
• Elements of a Manatee (w/Marco M.) (2010)
• Bakin' @ the Potato (2011)
• Wing Beat Fantastic:
Songs Written by Mike Keneally and Andy Partridge (2012)
• Wing Beat Elastic: Remixes, Demos and Unheard Music (2012)
• You Must Be This Tall (2013)
• Live at Mama Kin (2013)
• Free Live EP Volume 1 (2013)
• Free Live EP Volume 2 (2013)
• Dancing Demos (2014)
• Scambot 2 (2016)
• Inkling (2016)

With Andy West:
• The Mistakes (1995)
• Andy West Rama 1 (2002)

With Frank Zappa:
• Broadway The Hard Way (1988)
• The Best Band You Never Heard In Your Life (1991)
• Make A Jazz Noise Here (1991)
• You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 4 (1991)
• You Can't Do That On Stage Anymore Vol. 6 (1992)
• Trance-Fusion (2006)
• Frank Zappa For President (2016)

With Steve Vai:
• G3: Live In Concert (1997)
• Flex-able Leftovers (1998)
• The Ultra Zone (1999)
• Alive In An Ultra World (2001)
• Modern Primitive (2016)

With Joe Satriani:
• Black Swans And Wormhole Wizards (2010)
• Satchurated: Live In Montreal (2012)
• Unstoppable Momentum (2013)
• Shockwave Supernova (2015)

With Devin Townsend:
• Empath (2019)

With Mastodon:
• Emperor of Sand (2017)

With Dethklok:
• The Doomstar Requiem (2012)

With Henry Kaiser and Wadada Leo Smith:
• Yo Miles!: Sky Garden (2003)
• Yo Miles!: Upriver (2005)

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Andy West

ANDY WEST is a four time Grammy nominated bass guitarist and composer and, along with Steve Morse, is an original founding member of the Dixie Dregs. In addition, West is also known for his performances on albums with Mike Keneally, Henry Kaiser, Paul Barrere, Vinnie Moore, T Lavitz, and many others.

On The Web:

Mike Keneally Official Website
Mike Keneally Fan Facebook Page
Mike Keneally Facebook Profile
Mike Keneally on Twitter

Andy West Official Website


Videos To Check Out:

• Mike Keneally Band - "Kedgeree"
• Mike Keneally Band - "Cause of Breakfast"
• Mike Keneally - "Inca Roads"
• Mike Keneally - "Hallmark" Official Video

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THE BAND
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MIKE KENEALLY
(Guitar. Keyboards, Vocals)

ANDY WEST
(Bass)

TBA
(Drums)

THE WORD

"Mike Keneally was able to solo over [Soundscapes] in a way I have never been able to achieve for myself . he gave me answers to questions I had felt for myself, but never had the courage or capacity to find an answer"
- Robert Fripp

"Pinning Mike Keneally down to any specific genre is useless. ...albums have run the gamut from lo-fi guitar crunch (Boil That Dust Speck) to dark, experimental instrumentals (Nonkertompf) to orchestral (The Universe Will Provide, recorded with Holland’s Metropole Orkest), to acoustic folk (Wooden Smoke), to low-key singer-songwriter power-pop (Wing Beat Fantastic, a collaboration with XTC’s Andy Partridge) and pretty much everything in between. The common thread has always been Keneally’s insistence on musical excellence, keeping things interesting by incorporating a healthy combination of genres and a general sense of comic absurdity. Scambot 2 is an unusual, chaotic, and uncompromising work. It’s also a perfect musical introduction to the music of Mike Keneally, not to mention one of the most cohesive, brilliantly conceived and expertly performed releases of 2016. Album of the year? So far, absolutely."
- POP MATTERS

"I realize that I’m just a molecule in a liquid chorus when I say that Keneally never ceases to amaze me... As Kenealliacs know, Mike’s music is so thick with ideas that its half-life rivals plutonium... True. Keneally couldn’t become "mainstream" if he were drowning in it, so while Wooden Smoke might rise from a smoldering, man-with-guitar foundation, he still manages to patch together unique, non-linear pastiches from colorful fabrics... The result is a brilliant and absorbing 50 minutes of music."
- TAYLOR GUITARS

" First things first: Mike Keneally doesn't know how to make bad music... He's one of the finest progrockers of this century for sure. His work is always provocative, timeless, engaging, puzzling, inovative, distinct. If there's anyone with a distinct ecletic voice that marvels on the endless possibilities of music, with all the intricate interplaying, beautiful melodies and gorgeous harmonies, the odd rhythms and surprises, the beautiful guitar playing, the unpredictability of the compositions, if there's a true descendent of Dupree's paradise depths, if there's something really alive going on the music of this south side of the world, if there's life pumping on each lost chord, on each chord change, on each rhythm, if there's melodic invention and expressive clarity, then, I always recall Mike Keneally's world."
- Megaphone of Destiny, PROGARCHIVES