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My Loneliest Debut
Release Date: September 18, 2015


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KINSEY is the immaculately conceived lovechild of multi-instrumentalist Nick Kinsey, whose forthcoming debut LP, My Loneliest Debut, lives “at the intersection of Bob Dylan, Wilco and Neutral Milk Hotel” (The Wild Honey Pie). Kinsey wrote, recorded, and produced the record in a chicken shack in upstate New York. Apart from the bass (contributed by The Step Kids bassist Dan Edinberg), he made all the sounds thereon. No stranger to the stage, Kinsey cut his teeth playing drums with the likes of Elvis Perkins in Dearland, AA Bondy, and A.C. Newman.

Nick Kinsey is a drummer, producer, songwriter and multi-Instrumentalist based out of Brooklyn New York.  He is a founding member of critically acclaimed folk-rock group Elvis Perkins in Dearland and indie-pop band Diamond Doves. He has performed and recorded with a wide range of artists including My Morning Jacket, Bon Iver, Cold War Kids, The Felice Brothers, and many others.

After studying clarinet and piano as a child, Nick Kinsey met and began studying drums with his mentor Billy Martin (Medeski, Martin & Wood) at 17.  In 2001 he moved to Providence Rhode Island to study ethnomusicology at Brown University, where he studied with Paul Mason and Dave Zinno and made frequent trips to Boston to study with jazz drumming legends Bob Gullotti and Bob Moses.  In 2004 he lived in Havana, Cuba where he studied with a handful of the city’s percussion masters. 

In 2005, he joined his friends Elvis Perkins, Brigham Brough and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett to form Elvis Perkins in Dearland.  After a period of creative gestation living in a cabin in North Smithfield, RI the quartet was signed by XL Recordings and spent two years touring internationally in support of Elvis’s debut Ash Wednesday, playing festivals such as Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and The Late Show with David Letterman.  The band followed up that record with 2009’s self-titled Elvis Perkins in Dearland and The Doomsday EP, and again hit the touring and festival circuit. Halloween of 2009 they performed at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, the home of Nick’s musical hero. 

Meanwhile Nick was staying busy outside the band in and out of the studio with like-minded Hudson Valley musicians A.A. Bondy and the Felice Brothers.  

During these heavy touring years, Nick and his Dearland bandmates doubled as a horn section, known as “Dearland Horns” and frequently joined some indie rock’s most celebrated bands including My Morning Jacket, Dr. Dog, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Okkervil River and others.  

After some time off the road and a move back to his hometown of New York City, Nick formed Diamond Doves, along with his Dearland bandmates Brigham and Wyndham, as an outlet for their writing and recording experiments outside the more acoustic folk styles of their work with Elvis.  They released a handful of singles and EPs beginning in 2010.  Their full length debut, Eat Your Heart Out, was released in January of 2013.

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