NAME: Kelleigh McKenzie
INSTRUMENT: banjo, guitar, stompbox
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … either the Beatles’ “White Album” or Steve Martin’s “Let’s Get Small” – can’t remember which. When I first discovered the Beatles, I had no idea that the band hadn’t been together for years. My sister eventually broke the news, and I think I wept for days. And Steve Martin, well, I could recite his albums from beginning to end and did so often – much to my family’s dismay. Years later when I finally sold my record collection, the only ones I couldn’t bear to part with were the albums by the Beatles and Steve Martin. Still have them to this day.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … a summer jazz festival with my dad in Oregon, which is where I grew up. I was dazzled by the energy and the way the musicians all seemed to communicate without talking, like they were all in on some hilarious joke. It was joyful, spontaneous and there was a crackle in the air. I had to hold my breath, I was so excited!