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).
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 occasionally the subways for tips. 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 creative and talented kids -all grown now. He 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” was played for a week in Raleigh, on WRAL FM - a novelty song about American Idol star, Clay Aiken.
In 2004 he released the CD Psychopopfolkabilly! now available online , 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 has performed 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, released in 2018.
You can hear streaming audio of some of Kenny's music at: www.reverbnation.com/kennyshore. You can purchase his CD’s on iTunes or at www.cdbaby.com/shore3.
He plays solo acoustic shows around North Carolina and the Southeast, often with upright bass player Henry Heidtmann. They play under the name "Kenny & Henry".
Covid has posed a challenge for all performers but Kenny is excited about starting to play out again. He is currently writing and recording a new album, to be released later this year (2021). He is now based out of Fuquay Varina, NC and is teaming up with singer songwriter guitarist Ron Poythress. Ron is soon to release an album recorded at the legendary Rubber Room in Chapel Hill with some heavy hitters in the Americana world helping him out.
Kenny's music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube, and I Heart Radio.