Below is some of my recorded original music - there is so much more !
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Proud of this one! It was a VERY long time coming, with various challenges along the way. You'll hear a few different musical styles on this one. With deft sound-shaping by co-producer/musician Bret Levick, the songs were brought to life pretty close to what I could hear in my head... and then some! The album features performances by many fantastic musician friends from our talent-rich music community here in Southern Oregon. My vocals and guitar work lead the music through diverse genres, from modern folk-pop to soul, country-tinged rock to Americana and simple singer-songwriter material. Lyrics speak of a life fully-lived with love, loss and longing, and also journeys, jokes and joy. The song arrangements vary from full-throttle band numbers to stripped-down, mellow acoustic tracks. There should be something for everyone on this CD!
This 11-song CD was my debut release on my Kamananui Records indie label. It featured 8 original songs, two songs by other songwriter friends and one re-invented cover tune.
Hard to find... as it's no longer in print... Collectors item! ;)
Holiday music was a big deal when I was growing up. Here's my take on it all, with classic seasonal covers and some Christmas originals, all in acoustic styles. I had the help of musical family and friends on this CD project, which made it even more satisfying for me. Happy Holidays!
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“Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.”
― Pablo Casals
Visions of Southern Oregon
Enjoy these stunning images by southern Oregon artists set to original music contributed by local musicians.
Check out my original song "Sun I See" in Part 3 of this series, https://www.sopbs.org/programs/locally-produced/visions-of-southern-oregon/
I have had the pleasure of working with many other musicians.
Here are notes of some of my favorites along with their website links
OVERTONES BAND https://www.jeffkovertones.info/
When we get together and play it's quite the experience! Join names, name, name, and myself for an afternoon of outside fun and great music. See the website above for dates and places.
Fun, funky, feel-good music from a group of guys who love to play! Formed in 2015, the band plays winery concerts, theatre shows, the Britt Festival, city concerts and private events in Oregon. The core group of Jeff, David Bolen (drums) and Donnie Yance (bass) has added multi-instrumentalist Jack Hopfinger to complement the rhythm section. When we get together and play it's quite the experience! Join us for an afternoon of outside fun and great music. See the website above for dates and places.
Duo with Bob Evoniuk
I also do several shows each year as a duo with my friend Bob Evoniuk, a seasoned dobro player who performs with other several popular groups. Bob's also added dobro, lap steel guitar and vocals to my last two records. We have a great time together on stage, and Bob's high vocal harmonies flesh out the sound. The originals and covers we play get more of a country feel in this duo, with a solid touch of twang and lots of toe-tappin', in all the best ways.
Come out and enjoy when you can!
Bruce & Jake Shimabukuro
"Bits And Pieces" (Bruce Shimabukuro, 2007) - acoustic guitar, mandolin & vocals on Bruce's Sony International Records' debut CD. [from review: "instrumental work is very strong, with Jeff Kloetzel providing an outstanding acoustic guitar on most tracks"
"Hula Girls Original Soundtrack" (Jake Shimabukuro, 2006) - acoustic guitar on a version of the title track for this Japanese movie soundtrack album by world-renowned performer Jake Shimabukuro on this Sony International release.
I produced three songs on John's DIVIDE album and also played acoustic/electric guitars, dulcimer, percussion, plus background vocals and drum & bass programming on this 2004 release, in my home project studio. Love how his songs came out! John Helm and I played as a weekly duo in Honolulu for 8 years....good times.
GUEST STUDIO ARTIST ON OTHER ARTIST'S ALBUMS
"Caught In A Dream" (The Brothers Reed, 2019) - mandolin
"Breathe" (Tori Francis, 2017) - acoustic guitar.
"Monster In My Head" (The Brothers Reed, 2016) - mandolin and ukulele.
"Crooked Love" (Gene Burnett, 2014) - acoustic guitar & ukulele.
"Chasing The Gray" (Kieran Devine, 2011) - acoustic guitar, ukulele & background vocals.
"Write Her A Song" (Bruce Shimabukuro, 2011) - acoustic guitar.
"Big Circles" (Otis Schaper, 2010) - acoustic & electric guitars.
"Live" (Bruce Shimabukuro, 2009) - acoustic guitar & vocals.
"It Never Ends" (Jim Hubbard, 2007) - background vocals & mandolin / mixing engineer on two tracks.
"Noisy Dreams" and "Window of Innocence" (Jim Hubbard, 2001 and 1999) - mandolin & percussion.
"Hawaiian Girl" (Palolo, 1999) - This Hawaiian group recorded Jeff's song "Kiss Me, Honi Me". Their reggae-flavored version of the song received decent airplay throughout the islands.
"Homegrown" (1997) - Jeff contributed an early version of his island-style song "Piko Baby" to this CD.
"Christmas In The Islands" (1998) - Jeff contributed his song "The Last Christmas Tree" (co-written with Daniel Bray) to this holiday compilation CD.
I wrote and recorded the song "Xterra Blues" in 1999 for the creators of the international Xterra Triathlon Race series. It was used as the event theme song for years and as the soundtrack of ESPN's initial broadcast of the event.
My acoustic slack-key guitar instrumental piece "Pulelehua O Alikapeka" was used as background music for local newscasts in 1998, and various instrumental pieces have been used in Hawaii video programming as well.
I penned the "Waikiki Trolley Theme Song" for this well-known Hawaii transportation firm, and the recording played daily on their trolley-buses from 2001 - 2002.