I have played electric bass for 20 years (since I was 13) and upright bass since I was 15. I learned to play by ear jamming along with Led Zeppelin, Cream, The Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Primus, REM, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Rush, or anything else with great bass I could get my hands on. I fell in love with the upright bass in high school and I eventually graduated from Arizona State University where I studied upright bass performance. I have studied both jazz and classical music styles as well as commercial music on the electric bass, with Roy Vogt at Belmont College. I am equally comfortable playing driving rock or country in a honky-tonk, as I am playing soulful upright bass behind a singer-songwriter or swinging jazz.
I moved to Nashville in 2006 to pursue my dream of playing in the recording music industry. Since then, I have played in country cover bands, classic rock and 90's rock cover bands, alternative rock original bands, jazz fusion trios and made a few records.
I currently am a member of the 16th Avenue Jazz Quartette that plays traditional acoustic jazz http://16thavenuejazz.com/16th_Avenue_Jazz_-_Great_Nashville_Jazz.html
I also play regularly with Homestead, a hard-hitting country/rock cover band and can be seen most weekends in Gallatin, Franklin, or Bowling Green.
In addition to recording sessions and live gigging, I teach bass lessons out of my Franklin based studio both on electric and upright, specializing in jazz and classical technique.
Influences: Michael Rhodes (Nashville Studio Legend), Barry Bales (AKUS), Jack Bruce (Cream), Geddy Lee (Rush), James Jamerson (Motown Funk Brother and the godfather of electric bass), Ray Brown (Jazz genius), Flea (RHCP) , John Paul Jones (Led Zep), Mike Gordon (Phish) Mike Mills (REM), John Patittuci (Chick Corea, NY session giant), Scott Lafaro (Bill Evans Trio), Jaco Pastorius, Stanley Clarke, J. S. Bach, and many, many others.
The Word on the Street:
I did several dates with the Franklin based Chill Band in April, May and June, of 2011 and here is what the bandleader had to say...
TheChillBand would like to thank you for playing with us these past few weeks. I'm still amazed how fast you were able to learn over 60+ songs in our set list and sound like you've played with us forever. You sure made my life easier. We're still getting rave reviews from not only the 2 weddings you played but also the gig at Bunganut Pig, Franklin. We will definitely be calling you for future gigs when Luke will be out of town. You rock!
Here is the report from my recent gig with Greenbrier,TN based Southern Rock band, Homestead
Homestead was joined by bassist, Kevin Kirkpatrick. This guy is amazing. He delivers strong, heart thumping bass that will rattle the windows in the place. This is Homestead’s second show with Kevin, but he is so on his game that you would have thought he had been playing with us all along.
I also had the chance to help local songwriting diva, Erisa Rei, cut a few tracks in February of 2011 and her comments were:
"Kevin Kirkpatrick was a pleasure to work with for a few songs I recorded at a local studio. His easy willingness to adapt to the needs of the song, producer and me is greatly appreciated in a studio environment. An added plus is that Kevin can also play the upright bass beautifully. "