Kenny’s been performing regionally over the past 30+ years in colleges, clubs and coffeehouses. In the 1980’s his band, Dayroom Monitors played the NC club scene and received plenty of critical praise, but broke up before landing that elusive record deal (several labels were interested!). You can see a clip of the Dayroom Monitors, circa 1985, at www.YouTube.com, performing Kenny’s song, “Two Hours”.
So after splitting up the band Kenny headed off to NYC and studied audio engineering at the Institute of Audio Research. At S.I.R. Rehearsal Studios and 321 Recording Studios (formerly the Record Plant) he worked with lots of great people including John Lennon’s producer, Jack Douglas, and several artists such as Mariah Carey, Harry Connick, Jr., Johnny Winter, Paul Shaffer.
Kenny performed in the City, at The Speakeasy —a folk club in the Village— and even the subways! He moved back to NC in 1990 where he entered graduate school, receiving a Master’s in Social Work from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1995. He’s also the proud parent of 3 kids! But all along he’s kept up the performing and released an 8 song cassette in 1996 called 8 Shell and a 10 song CD, One Breath at a Time in 2001. In 2003 his song “Chasing Clay” hit the airwaves in Raleigh, via WRAL FM, causing a stir among Clay Aiken fans.
In 2004 he released the CD Psychopopfolkabilly! now available online (see music page), at performances and at select stores in North Carolina.
In 2006, his baseball song, Ernie Shore, was released on the baseball compilation CD “Diamond Cuts IX”, released by Hungry For Music, a non-profit agency providing musical instruments to low income children. The song will also be used in a
documentary on the former Red Sox pitcher (and relative).
Career highlights include showcasing at the 2003 Nashville New Music Conference as well as the 2003 NACA South Regional Conference in Chattanooga, TN. He has opened for singer/storyteller Mike Cross, as well as Joan Jett, Chris Stamey, Don Dixon & Marti Jones, Michael Reno Harrell and many others. He also performs on occasion with singer/songwriter and good friend, George Huntley, formerly of the Connells. He’s performed at many colleges across the Southeast including Concord University (Athens, WV), NC State U. (Raleigh, NC), Armstrong Atlantic State U. (Savannah, GA), High Point U., Wake Forest U. and many others.
In 2015, Kenny composed and recorded music for the short film, Levon (thatendlesshorizon.com) as well as the follow up film, The Haunting of Four Points (thatendlesshorizon.com).
He is also providing production assistance to upcoming artist, Daelo (David Louis Shore, his son) for his first album, to be released in 2018.
You can hear streaming audio of some of his music at: www.reverbnation.com/kennyshore. You can purchase his CD’s on iTunes or at www.cdbaby.com/shore3.
Currently he plays solo acoustic shows around North Carolina and the Southeast. He also performs with the original Americana band, the Twang Doctors — www.facebook.com/thetwangdoctors and www.reverbnation.com/thetwangdoctors.
Kenny has always been in love with theater and film, but has kept it at bay for much of his life due to his busy music performance schedule as well as raising 3 children. But they’re all grown now! So, in 2014, he performed in Winston-Salem Theater Alliance’s “As Is”, Twin City Stage’s “The Great Gatsby” and in 2015 had a speaking part in the short film, Levon (That Endless Horizon production) as Agent #1. He and his wife reprise their roles as government agents in the follow up film, The Haunting of Four Points.
In the past he has performed in The Boyfriend (high school) and Life With Father (college), did makeup for 110 In the Shade (college), and was assistant props manager for Raleigh Theater In the Park’s A Christmas Carol.
He was also an extra in the film, “29th Street” (1991, 20th Century Fox), starring Danny Aiello and Anthony LaPaglia.