David Wilcox and Kim Mitchell to co-headline and kick-start the 5th annual Kemptville Live

Above, Kim Mitchell (left), and David Wilcox (right). Courtesy photos

KEMPTVILLE — The Kemptville Live Music Festival is pumped to announce a powerful kick off to the 2019 Festival with co-headliners David Wilcox and Kim Mitchell doing their rock n’ roll duties back to back on Thursday, July 18.

Canadian rocker David Wilcox’s career took off with a bang when he joined Ian and Sylvia Tyson’s band, Great Specked Bird in 1970. He was later featured with Maria Muldaur before going solo in1973. In the ensuing 40-plus years, David has toured constantly showcasing his talents as a guitarist, but also his formidable skills as a singer-songwriter. His first album was released back in 1977 and included two of his best-known songs Bad Apple and Hipnotizin’ Boogie. His next album, which also went Gold, included more hits, Downtown Came Uptown and Riverboat Fantasy. More recent releases include Guitar Heroes, for Stony Plain Records in 2013 where David is teamed with legendary guitar slingers James Burton, Alvin Lee and Amos Garrett. In all, Wilcox has released 9 studio albums and 5 compilations. David rocked the Kemptville stage in July of 2017 and is back again to co-headline Thursday July 18, 2019.

Kim Mitchell will take the stage right after Wilcox. Mitchell has achieved gold and multiplatinum sales status over a long and storied career, starting early on as leader of the musically influential and eclectic Max Webster (5 albums), a band who in the late 70’s defined “alternative” and “independent” long before the words became clichés. Mitchell left Max to pursue a long and very successful solo career that continues to this day. He has won three Juno Awards and a SOCAN 100,000 Radio Plays Award for his certified hit, “Patio Lanterns”. He is a gifted and peer-respected guitar player as well as an acclaimed songwriter, having penned (in partnership with Pye Dubois) and recorded numerous classic hits including “Go For Soda”, “Rock N Roll Duty”, “Patio Lanterns”, “I am a Wild Party”, “Easy To Tame” and “All We Are”, all songs that have become part of the Canadian musical genome. Recently Mitchell has started on his first solo recording in half a dozen years. He has been working with producer and friend, Greg Wells (multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and producer for artists such as Katy Perry, Keith Urban, Twenty-One Pilots, and Adele.) They are working towards a full new album release for spring time 2018.

The 5th Kemptville Live Music Festival takes place July 18-21 on the grounds of the historic Kemptville College, just a 25 minute drive from downtown Ottawa. Tickets are on sale online now at www.kemptvillelivemusicfestival.com.

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