Once an ascetic monk at a monastery in the Ozark Mountains, Kinsey’s past as a moonshiner’s granddaughter, a nomadic holy man, and psychology and philosophy student has led to the creation of his fourth overall album, “American Roots And Machines.”
Kinsey’s music career, which includes two releases and many performances with the acclaimed medicine-showish Sideshow Tramps, also has him on tour with Hayes Carll (who admits to learning from him), opening for Ian McLagan (Faces and Roky Erickson) and Snoop Dogg, as well as sharing the stage with John Evans and Robert Ellis.
Kinsey has established himself as a solo act by bringing in artistic elements and lyrical themes of historic, political and cultural relevance. “American Roots and Machines,” encompasses each and is a musical tour de force as Kinsey’s, notorious anti-genre stance is on full display (take one listen to “I’m Not Part of a Scene” and you’ll get it). Pulling inspiration from many influences including Mozart, Charlie Chaplin, AC/DC, Tom Waits, Bill Monroe, Lightning Sam Hopkins and more, this is a record that critics are exhorting as nothing short of “great.”