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Bio: Oakland, California-based singer-songwriter George Kelly uses guitars, keyboards and other instruments to craft distinctive dispatches from intimate exteriors, vast exteriors and all points in between. Drawing on years of pop, soul, indie, folk and dance-music fandom, he turns observations and narratives into succinct sonic snapshots. Listen to him at saintandkings dot bandcamp dot-com.

Original impetus for name: Admiration of the level of abstraction behind singer-songwriter Dallas Green‘s acoustic side project City and Colour (in that “Dallas” is a city and “green” is a colour).

Considered and (for now) rejected: Saint and King, Saints and Kings, Saint and Monarch, Saint and Strife *, Saint and Contention *, Saint and Home Rule *

Earliest musical memory: bouncing up and down on the bed to disco on the radio when I was supposed to be napping.

First LP purchased: Louis Clark & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s “Hooked on Classics.”

Pre-teen and early teen Sunday mornings: Spent tallying up several of Casey Kasem’s Billboard-based “American Top 40” lists song by song on a legal pad with a sharpened No. 2 pencil.

First instruments: An abortive week on flute and another couple of weeks on clarinet, as well as a year of piano lessons, in elementary school, a year in junior high school on the baritone bass clef (and a year in chorus, during which my voice dropped) and a year in high school jazz band playing upright bass.

Current instruments: Korg SP-250 digital piano, Gibson Epiphone PR-350,
M-Audio Keystation 49 USB keyboards, several harmonicas or vocals over regular old Apple iPhone headphones into GarageBand 10.3.2 on a MacBook Air running OS X (10.14.3).