Metal Anarchy’s New Music Showcase: Exclusive Q&A With Kenny Dubman

Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to artists that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Kenny Dubman.

METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:

KENNY DUBMAN: Well, I’m a solo artist. I do have a set bunch of guys that I record and play live with, but they’re all involved in other projects as well, which is pretty typical now. I’ve known these cats for years, played with them all separately in various bands over the years, and they are all the best of the best. Dave DiPietro, my co-lead guitarist, was in a NJ band called TT Quick during the 80’s and early 90’s…they played the same circuit as my old band Prophet, and we were all friends. Rob Clores on keys is a full time NYC guy that’s played with The Black Crowes, Jesse Malin, and many other noteworthy artists; he’s really just entered my sphere over the past year and a half or so. Eric Winnicki on bass played with me in a blues cover band called Rocket 88. And believe it or not, I met my drummer Joe Bellia playing with him in a wedding band in the early 90s. He was so good that I told him he was going to be the drummer on my first solo album…and he was, albeit some 20 plus years later, lol! As far as songwriting and arranging, I do it all myself on an acoustic guitar, alone with my 4 walls.

METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?

KENNY DUBMAN: Holy shit, that’s a biggie. OK, growing up, I had a ton, but the common thread through all of them was ripping guitar playing. The first two guys to grab my ear were Hendrix and Santana, because my mom was a big fan and cranked those records around the house all the time. From there, I moved on to Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Rolling Stones (with Mick Taylor specifically), UFO, Black Sabbath, Queen, Rush, Yes, Kansas, Pink Floyd, Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush…and then of course the first Van Halen album came out in 1978 and changed everything!! The 80s spawned some guys that were just incredible; George Lynch, Warren DiMartini, John Sykes, Randy Rhoades, Joe Satriani…then into the 90s, Warren Haynes and Audley Freed were huge… All of them impacted me to some degree. As far as albums, there are several that stick with me to this day. “Get Your Ya Yas Out” by the Stones, “Captured Live” by Johnny Winter, Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” and “Animals,” “Force It” by UFO, “Made In Japan” by Deep Purple, the first 4 Kansas albums are just insanely fantastic… Ozzy’s “Diary Of A Madman,” Badland’s first album, Blue Murder’s first album, Cry Of Love’s first album is one of the best blues/rock albums ever made. Then I discovered Blackberry Smoke’s “The Whippoorwill” in 2013, and that started me writing songs again for the first time in 23 years. Jump started the path I’ve been on since then. My writing these days draws from Chris Stapleton, The Steel Woods, Morgan Wade, Sheryl Crow… people you maybe wouldn’t expect.

METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?

KENNY DUBMAN: Latest is a single called “Modern Day Jesus”, you can see the lyric video on YouTube and also on my website, where you can also download the MP3 for free. I’d encourage anyone reading this to go to my website and download/listen to my first 2 albums as well, “Reckless Abandon” and “American Songbook”…cuz why the hell not? Don’t cost nuthin’ hehehe…. My new full album, “Conflicted”, will be out on 5/17/22. Keep up with my latest on Instagram (@kennydubman).

METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?

KENNY DUBMAN: Old school, guitar-driven hard rock. It’s a guitar fest… Dave DePietro and myself are both lifelong players with aggressive styles, so anyone that digs real rock guitar playing is gonna love it. All the guys in my band are top notch musicians, we really stick it to ya. I also like to pace live shows with slower acoustic numbers every few songs… makes for a more interesting night of music.

METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see yourself heading in 5 years?

KENNY DUBMAN: World domination hahahaha!!!! Hard to project, really. All I can tell ya is that I’m not gonna stop until we are well known world-wide. Keep writing and keep playing live and building a fan base. That’s how it’s done, right?

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