South Lee Messenger (Ft. Myers, FL) - May 2008
Kevin Fox Band kicks off summer at Gulf Coast
From the streets of Cincinnati, The Kevin Fox Band will bounce into Southwest Florida
bringing their eclectic blend of acoustic based pop rock to the Gulf Coast Town Center (GCTC),
and The Joint in Cape Coral over Memorial Day Weekend.
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CityBeat - November 7, 2007
CD release mania from local bands
If you're ears aren't ready to bleed, perhaps the release party for Kevin Fox
's new solo acoustic album is more your speed. The excellent local songwriter is throwing a shindig to celebrate the CD, Deep Sleepers
, this Friday at the Play by Play Café in Silverton. Special guests (including members of Fox's self-titled band) will be sitting in and Working Class Villain performs after Fox's 7 p.m. show. While Fox can write a snappy Pop song as good as anyone, he feels Deep Sleepers is more about deeper personal experiences (though there is still evidence of Fox's sharp wit). The $10 cover charge includes a copy of the new CD. (Mike Breen)
CityBeat - September 26, 2007
Kevin Fox Band at Midpoint Music Festival 2007
Drawing influence from seemingly the entire historical time line of Pop/Rock (from James Taylor to Nirvana),
the Kevin Fox Band make well-crafted Pop music with a sense of cleverness and humor that is as ear-grabbing
as the abundance of hooks. The band tours the eastern half of the U.S. frequently and their most recent album,
the diverse All Over the Place, came out in 2005. (Mike Breen)
"The trio creates a style of Acoustic Power Pop and Roots Rock that stirs itself into something as beautiful as the first cup of coffee in the morning"
- Nathan Linville , City Beat
"It is Amazing that the group rocks with as much texture and searing guitar licks as it does while actually only using acoustic based instruments."
- The Cincinnati Post
"The Kevin Fox Band turned out to be a refreshing and taut acoustic trio."
- Rick Grant, rickatnight.com
"Fox’s ability to relate to his own love, loss and life motif to his audience is brilliantly accomplished with his style of songwriting, which combines simple terms and notions into something fairly intense and emotionally complex."
- Nathan Linville , City Beat
[Kevin Fox] He’s not a shy guy. Put him an stage and he know’s how to rock a crowd.
- Larry Nager, Cincinnati Enquirer
He’s not afraid to tackle any subject, and his music is therapy for himself and others.
- Steve Hoffman, Cincinnati Enquirer
Whenever Kevin Fox sings and strums his guitar these days, an entourage in the audience sing with him.
- Steve Hoffman, the Cincinnati Enquirer
The trio exudes an unadulterated quirkiness and sincerity that is accompanied by incredible instrumentation and pure Pop/Rock fun.
- Mike Breen, City Beat
With a rootsy anchor, the Kevin Fox Band makes straightforward, often humor-laden Rock & Roll with a strong ear for hit-potential melodies.
- Ed Itor, City Beat
Thursday September 1, 2005
FOX roll out CDs
For over a decade Blue Ash native Kevin Fox has bee one of the more prolific pop/rock songwriters in the area. Now he has a band that has become a great sonic vehicle for his clever and at times goofy songwriting. Fox has been working for almost four years with a tight-knit trio captured wonderfully in "all Over The Place" , the new CD from The Kevin Fox Band with Eric Betts (drummer and Mark Burkhardt (bass).
The band plays a CD release party 8 p.m. Friday at The 20th Century Theatre, Oakley Square.
It is Amazing that the group rocks with as much texture and searing guitar licks as it does while actually only using acoustic based instruments.
"It’s all acoustic, the electric sounding riffs I played on an acoustic" Fox said. "I was trying to come up with my own sound using a little distortion my acoustic guitar."
There is plenty of wit, humor and toe-tapping hooks on on such songs as "Doesn’t Do It", every guys teenage lament about tyring to figure out how to be "alone" with a girl. There is the more adult pop lament of "Be There" about the frustration of trying to do good deeds.
Fox continues to work his songs in Nashville, writing country, R&B and Christian music that may nit be right for the bans. He says he has come tantalizingly close to having some of them picked up by major artists.
Fox Trots Out Latest
For many, it is a dream to break away from the cover band monotony known as the Cincinnati club scene. Few have found a way to escape this sometimes oppressive local music landscape. The Kevin Fox Band is among the local acts that have prevailed, yet have stayed true to their own roots within the city. Formed in 2002 by local singer/songwriter Kevin Fox, drummer Eric Betts and bassist Marc Burkhardt, the trio creates a style of Acoustic Power Pop and Roots Rock that stirs itself into something as beautiful as that first cup of coffee in the morning. With influences from Nirvana to James Taylor and a sound comparable to Barenaked Ladies and The Dave Matthews Band, there's something for everyone. The trio's latest, All Over The Place, is a virtual melting pot of sing-along refrains aimed at live audience participation, as in the ode to departure "Got to Go," with blistering guitar solos pounding forth from Fox's hollow body acoustic guitar, as well as slow-motion, haunting ballads like "Skin." Fox's ability to relate his own love, loss and life motif to his audience is brilliantly accomplished with his style of songwriting, which combines simple terms and notions into something fairly intense and emotionally complex. The band's sense of humor is apparent on the fast-paced tribute to listening to what a woman needs, "She Likes It." The trio exudes an unadulterated quirkiness and sincerity that is accompanied by incredible instrumentation and pure Pop/Rock fun.
The Kevin Fox Band plays a CD release party Friday at the 20th Century Theater in Oakley. (Nathan Linville)
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The Kevin Fox Band
Thursday, December 22, 2005 or those who aren't caught up in holiday activities, The Kevin Fox Band will play the Strasse Haus in Covington Saturday and Sunday.
The band — Kevin Fox on guitar and lead vocals; Eric Betts on drums and John Michael on bass — described itself as a power trio that pumps out pop and roots rock. The winners of two 2003 Cincinnati music awards "Songwriter of the Year" and "Best Roots Rock band" were on the road for much of 2003 and 2004 as they traveled from Florida to Wisconsin to New York for shows. In 2005, the band has played the Motor City Music Conference in Detroit, the MECA in Chicago and the Midpoint Music Festival. This year it opened shows for Tracy Byrd at the Cincinnati Convention Center and for Anthony Campbell (Today Show's 2004 Superstarsearch Winner) in Fredericksburg, Va.
Strasse Haus is located at 630 Main St., Covington. For more information, call (859) 261-1199.
— The Pulse-Journal
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August 31, 2005
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