Singer, songwriter, guitar slinger, bandleader—David Kitchen is at ease in all of these roles. For years he has led successful bands, made compelling recordings and been an integral part of the Washington, D.C. music scene where he has won numerous awards (“Wammies”) from the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA). In addition, he has shared the stage with many national acts including, Alejandro Escovedo, Robbie Fulks, The Smithereens, Los Lonely Boys and Marti Jones/Don Dixon. He is an accomplished musician of astonishing versatility.
It’s simple, really. He plays and sings not only his own compositions, but covers as well in a totally approachable, energetic way. Indeed, there is something here for everyone. The Washington Post called his music “a mixture of charm, attitude and tunefulness” and in a review of his CD Underground, Washingtonian Magazine remarked, “He has a knack for writing clean pop driven rock with just enough soul and grit.”
Born into a musical family and raised in Virginia, David found that playing and performing was a way to overcome his natural shyness. His folks were preachers and his first guitar amplifier was the church P.A. The family hosted traveling gospel acts, so music with a message was a big part of the Kitchen household. To this day, he credits those profound early influences with helping to create his unique sound.
Variously, Kitchen’s music can be heard on TV spots for the U.S. Labor Department and the Association of Speech and Hearing. His song, “Mystery To Me” appears in the Paramount motion picture Wild Iris starring Gena Rowlands. David also found time to write and record the theme song for Washington, D.C.’s popular 48 Hour Film Festival. Kitchen’s songs have been covered by a number of artists, including renowned local blues rocker Tom Principato, who covered “If Love Is Blind,” and the Pacific northwest’s Fabulous Wailers, who chose to feature his song “Cadillac To Mexico” as the title track for their 2003 release.
David has used his roots rock bona fides as a producer to great effect, first with “True To Life” by American Song, a revivalist group he fronted for a time. In 2009 he was approached by the late local working class hero Michael Butler to produce his debut album “Should’ve Been By Now.” A popular success, the record features a paean to Baltimore titled “Charm City” which was adopted as a home game opening song by the Baltimore Orioles.
A true master of many styles, David Kitchen continues to hone his skills with uber rock and roll outfit The Thrillbillys, the ever-swinging Cutaways, and as a solo artist playing his own individualistic and inventive pop.