"But on Mountain Stage, our job as I see it when we play with guests on the show is we are striving to play the songs we play with them as closely to the recording as possible. There is one take and there's no room for mistakes."
The show also has expanded his musical library, so to speak.
"When I first started, most of the people on Mountain Stage I'd never even heard of," Kennedy said.
For Friday night's show, Kennedy said his trio, which includes brass and drums, will ramp up its repertoire a bit, given the atmosphere of Live on the Levee.
"It'll be a little more fun - some funky, rock stuff rather than straight-ahead jazz," he said.
Kennedy had hoped to have copies of his new CD available Friday, but alas, they're not quite ready.
"I've been working on it for a really long time," he said. "The recording has been done for a long time. The tracking and the mixing have all been done for a few months. Now the last thing is the cover art."
Contact writer Monica Orosz at mon...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4830.
If you go
What: Live on the Levee
When: 6:30 p.m. Friday
Where: Haddad Riverfront Park
FYI: The Ryan Kennedy Trio opens at 6:30, followed by "American Idol" winner Kris Allen
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