Kilborn Alley heats things up

May 4, 2016

In this episode of IPR Studio One's "Java Blend," Illinois-based blues band Kilborn Alley, fresh off their European tour earlier this year, burns through their original blues tunes on The Java House stage in downtown Iowa City. 

In the downloadable podcast below, you'll hear host Ben Kieffer get the low down on the group's time abroad, as well as their interesting songwriting process. 

Here's an excerpt from a 2010 review in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

"The KABB sound is seamless in a way I rarely hear today.  Some bands would create an ensemble by divvying up the solos among their members, making sure each got equal time out front.  That's not what these guys do.  Solos are rare and spare.  They're there and you can pick out the different instruments from time to time, but the real sound of KABB is the way they can meld the harmonica and guitars and bond that to the rhythms being pounded out by Chris Breen and Ed O'Hara.  Their sound is thick and muscular, oozing and bloozing without overkill and ego.  The pieces don't just fit together, they belong together.  It's the way they approach songwriting. . ."