Sons of Sun, the new release from Sydney musician John Kennedy, is a detour from his usual path of original Urban and Western songs that he’s taken with his bands John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special, Love Gone Wrong and JFK and the Cuban Crisis. With this release Kennedy goes back to the beginnings of rock and roll and pays homage to Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Roy Orbison and of course, Elvis, who all started their careers at Sun Studios.
After returning to Australia in 2000 from his 10 years travelling the world, Kennedy joined a group of like minded musicians to celebrate Elvis’ birthday with a tribute gig each January. Along with fellow travellers like Tex Perkins, Dave Graney and Ian Rilen, the King’s spirit was resurrected each year. Flowing on from this, was a night of the music of Johnny Cash. In an eerie coincidence, Kennedy turned up to this gig to be told by Kane Dyson of Spurs for Jesus that the Man in Black had departed this world that very day.
From these shows sprang the idea of the Sons of Son album. On this new 7 track mini album, Kennedy celebrates his love of this roots music, covering some classics and lesser known tunes from some of these great Sons of Sun. The King is strsongly represented, the Big O's Only the Lonely is rendered as an eerie, reverb drenched ghost track and the Man in Black's classic country song, Folsom Prison Blues is reinterpreted as, well, a blues song.
All songs available on iTunes
View the video for Only The Lonely at: youtube.com/johnfranciskennedy
Bio info at: myspace.com/johnfranciskennedy