Ain’t Learned Yet press – Steve Wildsmith

“He’s got a wry knack for observations of life’s minutiae: snapshots found in old dresser drawers, a penchant for those pills mama takes, being too paranoid to take a light-night piss in the parking lot. In those real-life moments, he mines larger themes: love, loss, regret and the redemptive power of rock ‘n’ roll. His previous releases have run the gamut, from the sneering attitude of “Rock N Roll Fiasco” to the gentler ruminations of “Some Stories.” As hackneyed as it always sounds when trumpeting the latest release by an artist, “Ain’t Learned Yet” is far and away his most powerful. If Peter Wolf had cut his teeth in the hills of East Tennessee instead of the urban canyons of Beantown, he might have hoped to sound something like Kevin Abernathy.”

— Steve Wildsmith, Weekend editor, The Daily Times, Maryville, TN

“Ain’t Learned Yet” and the 3D Record Release Show

It’s finally here! March 6th I’ll be celebrating my new CD, “Ain’t Learned Yet” with a triple CD release show at Scruffy City Hall, also featuring the release of Tim Lee 3‘s “33⅓” and Bark‘s self-titled debut. It’s an early show starting at 8 o’clock, and the first 25 people in the door get a free 3D poster (seen below) and a pair of 3D glasses.

Also on March 6th, Tim and I will be playing the WDVX Blue Plate Special at noon. Join us live in the studio at the Knoxville Visitor Center, or tune in to 89.9 FM on your radio dial or listen to the show live via streaming audio at

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“Ain’t Learned Yet” pre-order… get ‘em while they’re hot!

If you feel so inclined, my new CD, “Ain’t Learned Yet,” is available now for pre-order on the merch page. You can sample the new song “Fan” at Bandcamp. Pre-orders will ship out before March 6th. And while I’ve got you here…. don’t forget about the CD release show at Scruffy City Hall, coincidently, on March 6th.

1. Cause And Effect
2. Visiting
3. Moto Kids
4. Someone Else’s Problem
5. You Must Be Lonely
6. Wild Wild West
7. Fan
8. Down On Love
9. How Lucky The Night
10. Second Thoughts
11. Mulberry Blues
12. Gods Of Rock

“Ain’t Learned Yet” features the musical talents of John Baker, Trisha Gene Brady, Chris Bratta, Gray Comer, Po Hannah, Mandi Lawson, Susan Bauer Lee, Tim Lee, Sean McCollough, Mike Murphy, Mary Podio and Jason R. Thompson

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Fan > a couple John Myers shows > looking towards March!

The new album is being pressed, a new T-shirt design is being approved, and details are being finalized for the CD release show on March 6th, but today you can hear and download a new song, “Fan,” off the upcoming album, “Ain’t Learned Yet,” for free by visiting my Bandcamp page. If you like it feel free to share the link with your family and friends.

Jason will be sending out download codes this week to those of you who contributed to my IndieGoGo campaign and as soon as the CDs and T-shirts are back we’ll get those in the mail to the folks who chose those perks. Mark your calendars for the “3D Record Release Show” taking place at Scruffy City Hall on Market Square March 6th. Tim Lee 3, myself and Bark, will all be celebrating the release of our new albums.

In the meantime, I’ll be playing guitar with the John Myers Band at Tennessee Shines on Monday the 9th, then at a super secret private event on Thursday the 19th. I’m not at liberty to give out any details on the private event but if you come to the Tennessee Shines show John may… just MAY… tell y’all about it during the second half of the show that doesn’t air on the radio. [he won’t, but you should come anyway]

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Last show of the year… crowdfunding campaign ending

Happy holidays everybody! We hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend and are looking forward to Christmas. We’ve had a lot to be thankful for this year – new friends, new songs, new gear, the Vols are bowl eligible, etc. As good as 2014 has been we’re really excited to get this new record out to you in 2015. Speaking of that new record, there are just under three weeks left on our crowdfunding campaign. If you’re interested in contributing and scoring some sweet perks please take a look and see if anything catches your eye.

Friday the 5th the band and I will be playing our last show of the year in west Knoxville at a new venue, Open Chord Brewhouse & Stage, with our pals Finkelsteen. This’ll be my first K-town show on the other side of Bearden Hill since 1991… there will be significantly less hairspray and spandex this time. This is an early, all ages, show, so come on out and rock -n- roll with the whole family!


Robin Trower in Knoxville and Chattanooga

The band and I are very excited to be opening two East Tennessee shows for Robin Trower next weekend. Friday the 7th we’ll be playing one of our favorite rooms ever, the fabulous Bijou Theatre in downtown Knoxville, then Saturday the 8th we’ll be at Track 29 in Chattanooga. This’ll be our first time playing there and we can’t wait! A limited number of tickets still remain for both shows so get yours today and come on out an’ rock-n-roll with us!

*UPDATE: Sat. Nov. 8th 1:00 PM — Tonight’s show at Track 29 in Chattanooga has been canceled due to illness. We wish Robin good health and a speedy recovery.



Help me finish my 5th studio record

I’ve set up a crowdfunding campaign with to help me finish my 5th studio record. This is a new venture for me but I’m really excited about the possibility of getting the follow-up to Some Stories out sooner than later. Although a donation can be made in any amount, please take a minute to look at some of the perks I’m offering and see if anything catches your eye. If you have any questions whatsoever please don’t hesitate to reach out to either Jason or I. Thank you for your continued support!

Click here to Visit Kevin’s IndieGoGo Page

Spartanburg > Knoxville > The Fantastic Voyage Halloween Party

Friday the 10th the band and I will be back down in Spartanburg doing a show with our buddies Marc Higgins And The Chainsaw Bears at The Upstairs Bar. Marc and I have done a bunch of shows together over the years, including a show in Johnson City just last weekend, and it’s ALWAYS a blast. His new band line-up rocks! Hope to see all our South Carolina friends there.


Thursday the 23rd our compadres Ned Van Go will be joining us at The Pilot Light in the Old City for an early evening rock-n-roll show. No, REALLY! In the same vein as some of the early shows that have taken place there the last couple Octobers, this show will be starting at 7 o’clock sharp and end around 9:30. No, REALLY! Come out and see for yourself… we’re gonna rock ya an’ send ya on home by the time most shows even get started.

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Halloween night I’ll be joining The Star Voyagers Supergroup (featuring members of King Super And The Excellents, Same As It Ever Was, Big Deuce, Sam Quinn And Taiwan Twin, the John Myers Band, Guy Marshall and more) and gettin’ plum silly on the Star Of Knoxville for The Fantastic Voyage Halloween Party. Boarding starts at 10 o’clock then we depart dock at 11:00, so get your tricks-or-treats out of the way early and come take a boat ride with us!

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