Friday, May 11, 2018

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....May 11, 2018 (Country Punk Pioneer, Tony Kinman - R.I.P.)

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Tony Kinman, Country Punk Pioneer, Dies at 63


Tony Kinman of The Dils photographed in Los Angeles circa 1979

Country songwriter, composer, and punk musician Tony Kinman has died following an extended battle with cancer. He was 63.

Kinman's brother and longtime bandmate Chip Kinman announced the news on Facebook Friday (May 4).

Born in 1956, Kinman was a founding member of bands like The Dils, Rank & File, Blackbird, and Cowboy Nation. The songwriter formed one of his earliest projects, the Dils, with his brother Chip in the late ’70s, and the band released a number of 7-inch singles throughout the era.

Their song “You’re Not Blank” was featured in Cheech & Chong’s 1978 film Up in Smoke. The brothers related to Austin to form the punk-influence country band Rank & File with Alejandro Escovedo in 1981.

Rank & File’s first album, Sundown, was released in 1983. It was followed by Long Gone Dead in 1984 and the band’s self-titled album in 1987. Though they eventually broke up later that year, Tony and Chip continued to work together in their Blackbird and Cowboy Nation projects.

Most recently, Tony Kinman produced an album for his brother's band Ford Madox Ford titled, This American Blues.


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