Friday, May 16, 2008

Bart Davenport

ARTIST / BAND: Bart Davenport

SONG (MP3): Miami Afternoon / Beg Steal Borrow

ALBUM: Bart Davenport

FILE UNDER: Pop / Folk Rock

LABEL: antenna farm records

INFO: Bart Davenport (AKA the Mayor of the East Bay) is a West Coast institution. The Berkeley native spent the late 80s fronting various mod-revival groups until putting together seminal Bay Area garage/blues act The Loved Ones. Touring relentlessly, the band developed a devoted Northern Soul fan base throughout the US and Europe (where they remain a jukebox favorite) before calling it quits in the mid 90s. Like so many before him, BD moved from garage blues to blue-eyed soul and formed the Kinetics, one of San Francisco’s most popular late-90s bands. 1000 silly magazine awards and broken venue attendance records later, Bart realized his songwriting could no longer be reigned in by devotion to any one boutique style, and the Kinetics were history.

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