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Kevin Rochford
By Bob Silvestri

Kevin Rochford wasn't really planning on releasing a CD. He had fallen in the normal rut of making a living and raising a family. So his thirty year old dream of releasing a disc went to the back burner. However when his then teenage daughter's wanted to form a band he had them attend a songwriter workshop with the one of Western New York's best, Alison Pipitone. Not only did Pipitone mentor Rochford's daughters she encouraged him to perform once again. The result his new CD titled Arrow. He surrounds himself with some major league talent including Ray Hagen on drums, Graham Howes on guitar, Rebecca Mercurio on bass, Susan Viscuso on keys and Natalie Howes on backing vocals. Pipitone shows up to lend some acoustic guitar and handle the production chores with Mike Rorick. The songs feature tight arrangements and laconic instrumentation similar to Dylan, Petty or T-Bone Burnett. Check out "Ball and Chain", the reverb drenched guitar sound on "Last Penny", the title track "Arrow" and "Breakwall". Rochford and Viscuso make some sweet harmonies on "Pity the Cold-Hearted Moon". Here's hoping Rochford doesn't wait thirty more years to release another disc. For more information and to purchase Kevin Rochford's CD Arrow go to www.kevinrochford.com

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