Something to Anchor to
The McKenzie Brothers Bio The musical adventure, (the saga), of Jimi and Johnny, The McKenzie Brothers, continues to be written with their new CD release, "Something To Anchor To". "I'm sitting here listening to your wonderful record...this is just fantastic...the songs, the vocals, the production...it is fantastic...great work!!! Paul Samuel Dolman, The South Beach Company, Nashville Tennessee. The Florida born siblings grew up on various musical genres in a family where everyone sang. The brothers effortlessly evolved from Hank Williams Sr. to Everly Brothers harmony, to Beatles-like showmanship, and steeped themselves in Allman Brothers, Eagles, Jackson Browne and CSN&Y. They earned their chops on their Strats, Teles, Gibsons and Taylors, and honed their shows into tight performances through hundreds of hours on stage and in recording studios. This new CD is a culmination of years of dedication to the art of song writing and professionalism. "Something To Anchor To" is a killer recording.... First, Johnny graduates from FSU, but has a song recorded by Capricorn Recording artists Cowboy who were then touring with the Allman Brothers. Johnny moves to Macon Ga. and becomes a staff writer for Capricorn. A year or so later, Jimi shows up in Macon and the brothers begin to rekindle the musical spark. Jimi has made a decision to skip college and pursue music full time. Johnny hears about the early 70's Key West music scene, and on a whim drives south and scores a full-time gig at what is now The Bull on Duval St. A visiting New Yorker, Howard Levitt, music writer for Record World Magazine, catches Johnny's act and writes this review: "Johnny McKenzie's songwriting and his coincidental poetry is a thing of beauty. Numbers like "Ain't Too Many" and "The Wonder" (picked up by Capricorn recording artists Cowboy on their second album) are highly evocative lyrical gems. He is a performer, writer and poet par excellence." Johnny calls Jimi and says please come to Key West ASAP. The brothers rehearse nonstop for three weeks. The McKenzie Brothers quickly become local stars on the Duval St. club scene, working seven nights a week. All this opportunity to work and write causes a flood of songs, each tested on the Key West audiences. The McKenzie Brothers, soon find themselves opening for Jimmy Buffet, and entertaining at private parties for Key West literary luminaries Thomas McGuane, Jim Harrison and others. "You can place your bets on Jimi and Johnny McKenzie. Creativeness is evident in the fine mastery and sensitive renditions, both instrumentally and in their vocal harmonies. The McKenzies are vehement, dedicated and deliver with intensity whether singing blues, folk songs or ballads...explosive and tender in turn...the demanded encores were much deserved."...Dorothy Raymer, The Key West Citizen. Every musician knows you can burn out staying in one town (even Key West) so Jimi and Johnny take off on a tour that lasts years and covers territory from New York to Asheville, from Nashville to Austin, and back to Key West, pitching songs everywhere. They finally kind of settle down in Tallahassee, but Jimi still says:" We'll drive all day and set up and play in any club in any town." Johnny says: "Have guitars, will travel." "The multi-talented McKenzie Brothers are two of Florida's finest entertainers...finely blended guitars and excellent vocals."....Bruce Nunley, New Look Magazine, Gainesville, Florida The brothers are fortunate to pick up lots of professional players in their travels, and many great players form the different incarnations of The McKenzie Brothers Band. While on a hiatus from constant touring Jimi gets an offer to cut a solo album at Miami's Coconuts Studios. The resulting album, "I've Got To Go", is so well received that a second project called "New Trick" is offered to the McKenzie Brothers Band. This band includes Jiggs Walker, Bass, Tom Schmick, Sax, Ron Kay, Drums, and also featured Pat Buchanan, 2006 CMA award winner, Nashville studio guitar player of the year. "New Trick, the duo effort, is the hot rockin and rollin album that kicked off the tour that brought the McKenzie Brothers Band back to Tallahassee to open a searing concert for Papa John Creech"....The Florida Flambeau, Tallahassee Florida. Though there is some label interest in these records, the brothers decide to remain independent. There is a hunger to take a brake from the duo to follow individual dreams and goals. These interim years are fertile producing a great many creative side projects. Both brothers continue to write and perform constantly as solo artists, to tour and to actively pitch songs. Jimi starts Night Sounds Recording Studios, Tallahassee, which becomes a "Demo Heaven" for songwriters all over the South East, (and where this disc was produced). As a songwriter, Jimi creates a whole new body of work. He also does professional video shoots for MTV & Bill Clinton, and composes and produces sound tracks for nationally aired TV shows and adds. .Johnny produces a solo CD, "Traveler Of The Wind" with the help of Dan Walters, multi-instrumentalist from Central Florida, and composer/sax man, Sammy Tedder. This recording (plus a few new songs) wins for Johnny, the Songwriter of the Year Award in 2005 from The Songwriters Showcases of America. Other artists have covered and recorded many Jimi and Johnny songs: "With Someone Again" by the show band Fayreweather, "Boundaries" and "Live Again" by Randy Lees. Publishers include Sony/Tree, Dr. Inc. Music, Touchton Music, Germany, Diamonds On The Sea music BMI, and Rivers Without Dams Music ASCAP. The McKenzie's have opened for artists as diverse as Commander Cody, Ted Nugent, The Bellamy brothers, Jimmy Buffet, Mac Macanaly,Chuck Cannon, Gretchen Peters and Wayne Carson. It is such a joy to hear the Brothers McKenzie making music together again. "Something To Anchor To" features Jim Crozier on acoustic & bowed bass and electric bass, (a 20 year veteran with the brothers), and violin virtuoso, David Langston, as well as keyboardist, Joe Kerioth. The McKenzie Brothers continue to evolve, more to come, stay tuned.