Kerry Kearney is both a classic and a Long Island original, and Grounds and Sounds Café, the monthly live music coffee house in East Setauket, NY., is proud to call him a regular. Kearney has compiled an impressive list of awards for guitar wizardry, including "Best Guitarist of the Year" by the LI Voice in 1999 and “Bluesman of the Year” by the LI Blues Society in 2004. He is also the recipient of the prestigious Long Island Sound Award (L.I.S.A.) from the LI Music Hall of Fame and he and his bandmates were recently inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.
"The most original sounding guitar player to come along in quite a while. A sensational showman!.. Simply stated, he's amazing. An interpreter, an innovator, a guy who can burn up the fret board one minute bringing you to your feet, and whose feel can reach deep inside you and make you cry the next. He’s a great showman. To hear/see Kerry is to become a fan. To meet Kerry is to become a friend. I've been privileged to become both. He's my favorite on-air guest by far. To see Kerry and the band is to be transformed into a blues junkie with no cure unless you see them again and again! And please do yourself a favor and read his book!!!” Kevin McPartland, On-air personality WRCN 103.9 Long Island
Kearney is a slide guitar master, who plays and works his instrument to limits that amaze even the most seasoned musician or cultured music fan. Strongly influenced by Lightning Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt and Eric Clapton, the sounds Kerry creates from his vintage, stock and custom made guitars are as unique as his song writing and original melodies. Kerry has gathered a unique and talented group of musicians to form the Kerry Kearney Band and he has toured nationally and internationally with the Allman Brothers Band and Dickey Betts. Most recently, Kerry and his band shared the stage with the great BB King at the NYCB Westbury Theater and at the Paramount Theater in Huntington, NY.
"Someone once said: 'a guy will promise you the world and give you nothin' and that's the blues'. Well Kerry Kearney promises AND delivers the world of the blues. From slow-burning to high-wiring, he takes you all the way. Kerry's simply one of the best around and a nice guy too! Thanks Kerry, for keeping the blues alive and rockin'!" Bonnie Grice, On-Air Personality and Host Eclectic Cafe, WPPB 88.3FM Long Island
To hear some of Kerry's amazing music, go to: http://kerrykearneyofficial.com/music.html
The Grounds & Sounds Café features the best in live acoustic music in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Enjoy gourmet coffee, pastries and desserts. Bring a bottle of wine and we’ll pour it for you (small fee) – fruit and cheese plates are available, too.
The doors open and sign-up for the open mic begins 7:30 and the show begins with an open mic at 8 p.m.