Simon Kinny-Lewis takes the audience with him on a seismic journey of compelling, blues guitar – along with a voice that Steve Lukather (guitarist, Toto, Michael Jackson), describes as being similar to American blues star Joe Bonamassa. Simon’s own original brand of contemporary blues and rock, combined with an uncanny ability to reach the hearts of onlookers, has given this artist from Sydney a loyal and ever-growing army of followers from around the world.
Simon Kinny-Lewis has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists such as Christian Howes, Ric Fierabracci, Anton Davidyants, Simeon Cain and more. He has acknowledged the influence of many great guitarists including Scott Henderson, Robben Ford, Richie Kotzen and others, however, Simon has now well and truly found his own guitar ‘voice’ through many years of hard work and dedication to his craft. Quite simply, he is an amazing guitarist, songwriter, performer and producer. He has recorded five albums to date, ranging in genres from contemporary electric blues, acoustic blues, and even finger-pickin’ country.
Live, SKL delivers a performance that’s all class – with tone and technique to die for. He inevitably lives up to his reputation for giving his all. His incredible band includes top Sydney musicians Tony Boyd (drums) Shannon Stitt (Hammond keys) and Rob Ewan (bass). Together, they are a formidable musical combination.
Over recent months Simon has been touring his fourth CD “Street Blues”, an album that has been captivating audiences around Australia and around the world. In a breakthrough year (2016) he was invited by Blues giant Chris Cain (USA) to perform with him at ‘The Basement’ in Sydney. 2017 saw Simon again link up with Chris for support and guest spots during his Australian tour. Some of the major music festivals in Australia at which Simon has performed include The Australian Blues Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Thredbo Blues, Tamworth Country Music Festival, Manly Jazz Festival, Kiama Jazz and Blues and Gympie Muster 2017.
July 2017 saw the release of “Catfish”, Simon’s first solo acoustic CD featuring Chris Wilson on harmonica. The brand new band album “Bad Whisky” is due for release early in 2018.