Slated to appear for 9 nights at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s music festival, Blind Lion, a young band with old souls, are bringing a time-tested sound back into the foreground of music. Playing original material with classic rock flavor, a style they call “vintage rock,” Blind Lion has resurrected the guitar driven, blues-laden, lyrical sound of the 60’s and 70’s greatest names. After their debut at the Best Party Anywhere in 2011, Blind Lion returns to rock the showcase stages at the Chip.
At the mic is the lead singer/writer: Chris Doran. Chris brings an articulate mind and soulful voice, which resembles the gravel of John Fogerty, and the sultriness of Paul Rodgers. Chris’ stage presence and audience interaction can get the entire music festival dancing. His writing is more than that of boyhood troubles or girl problems, he seems to speak the language of the common people, reality, and real love.
The second voice in the group is that of Jesse Kennemer’s lead guitar work. Jesse is the youngest in the band, yet the most seasoned musician. Opening and playing with a virtual who’s-who in the music industry, including: Blues Traveler, Queensryche, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Jesse lets his guitar speak for him most of the time.
On the low end there is Shane Kell. Bringing a true classic rock style to the bass, Kell doesn’t just dissolve into the background, he relishes improvising and having musical conversations with the rest of the band. Before Blind Lion, Kell played with legendary drummer Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller Band) opening for several acts including Jonny Lang.
Stitching it all together behind the drum kit is Spenser Doran. The younger brother of Chris, Spenser is an ever-expanding percussionist and artist. A hungry student of the drums, he brings an arsenal of rhythm to Blind Lion. Spenser is also the chief graphic designer for the band; designing and creating most of the posters and album art. His unique works create a recognizable style, not only musically but visually as well.
As a band Blind Lion has worked hard to establish itself. The story is just beginning. Blind Lion’s live show is guaranteed to at least get your leg twitching and heart pumping.
A self proclaimed group of “artists and jokers”, Blind Lion, an original energetic group from Oregon State will add to the great entertainment on the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s showcase stages in 2012. During the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling. This group of young rockers is enthusiastic about their return trip to South Dakota to perform and party with everyone at the Buffalo Chip.