KENNY GILL'S versatile guitar talent has graced the live performances and recording sessions of a virtual who's who of notable greats from Al Hurst to Glen Campbell. The mellow tones of his guitar are always sweet whether he's playing Country, Pop, Jazz, Big Band or Rhythm & Blues.
Kenny's long and steller career began with a love of the guitar at age seven. At age 13, he was playing the guitar as a regular on local radio programs in his home of Bunkie, Louisiana.
A lengendary jazz guitarist, Kenny formed the Kenny Gill Quartet more than 25 years ago. His first album, "Guitar Moods of Kenny Gill" was recorded at the famous New Orleans recording studio, Cosimo Studios, in 1962. This album has recently been re-mastered and re-released and is titled "The Original Kenny Gill Trio."
Quite a country picker as well, Kenny Gill had performed and toured with the late Governor Jimmie Davis, starting in 1972. Jimmie said: "His talents on guitar are very wide and varied, I highly recommend Kenny ablilities whether it be performing shows or recording sessions ... he's a top notch guitarist. Kenny can do it all."
"Kenny is probably one of the most natural guitars I've worked with. When he plays it sounds like it's coming from his heart, he never overplays. Every notes means something. He's a great soloist, a fine rhythm playes, a great session player, and I guess the greatest compliment I can pay him is to say he's a very professional person."
-- Pianist, Ronnie Kole - New Orleans
When asked how he enjoyed Kenny Gill sitting in with his band at a performance in Baton Rouge, his answer was: "All I can say is who taught that man to boogie?"
-- Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown"
"I've just always thought Keeny was the most versatile, most professional. most polished guitarist I've ever met and I've met a lot of them. Besides that, he's just really a nice guy and a good friend."
-- Rod Bernard - KLFY TV
"My good friend Kenny, what a great picker."
-- Jett Williams
"His achievements came about soley through his own efforts and hard work. We are proud of our Bunkie native son."
-- Mayor Fred Feeney - Bunkie, Louisiana
Performed or Recorded with:
Homer & Jethro
Dale & Grace
Jimmy C. Newman
Jerry Lee Lewis
Chuck Wagon Gang
George "Goober" Linsey
Hank Williams Jr.
Leroy Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke
Baton Rouge Symphony
The Ames Brothers
Lonzo & Oscar
BOOK: "Jimmie Davis, More Than Sunshine"
For 25 years, Kenny Gill, a native of Bunlie, LA., has played guitar for Gov. Jimmie H. Davis. He has put those wonderful stories and memories in book form. It is oftem said that you can tell who a man is by whar he loves. Kenny Gill loves the Good Lord, his family and Jimmie Davis. Gill was first inspired to play the guitar as a young boy in Bunkie while listening to Gov. Davis speak and sing at the old train depot platform in 1943. He has been hooked ob music and Jimmie Davies ever since.
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