Category Archives: Music

RTK Live in NoHo on 11/28

I’ll performing songs from Echo Like Empty Rooms at Kulak’s Woodshed on Tuesday, November 28th. It’s their ongoing Tuesday 2fer series. Come out for an evening filled with talented performers.

Kulak’s Woodshed
5230 and 5230 1/2 Laurel Canyon Blvd.
North Hollywood, CA 91607
818-766-9913

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ROBERT THOMAS KUHLMANN TO RELEASE NEW EP, ‘ECHO LIKE EMPTY ROOMS’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

PRESS RELEASE – DECEMBER 12, 2015

ROBERT THOMAS KUHLMANN TO RELEASE NEW EP, ‘ECHO LIKE EMPTY ROOMS’

Southern California – This coming Tuesday, December 15, singer songwriter Robert Thomas Kuhlmann will be releasing his five track EP, ‘Echo Like Empty Rooms.’ Produced by the multi-platinum selling songwriter, Kevin Fisher, the effort marks Kuhlmann’s junior studio endeavor and will be available in both physical and digital formats.

Robert Thomas Kuhlmann is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and performer with an unaffected charm that comes across in the sweet honesty of his words and the simple imagery of his songs. Over the years, he has won over audiences through his live performances, which are characterized by raw, yet tender vocals and lilting guitars. Although his style can range from acoustic ballads to ringing stratocasters, the music is always heartfelt and emotional. He has proven that he is as much at home performing solo on a SXSW stage as he is backed by a full band.

Kuhlmann is very much a musical veteran; he was an active participant in the formative years of the St. Louis punk and new wave scene in the late 1970s and he later went on to help form two of the area’s more influential groups of the early 80s: the power-pop trio, Dear John, and the edgier, alternative-pop outfit, Page Three. In the mid 90s, however, Kuhlmann debuted his first solo acoustic record, ‘Confidential Reasons.’

As a songwriter, Kuhlmann has been lauded time and time again for his talent. In 2007, he and his co-writer, Doug Sparks, were named Runner Up by the ‘Song of the Year’ songwriting contest for their tune, ‘One Wish.’ Beyond that, Kuhlmann was selected as a regional finalist by Farm Aid 6 organizers to compete for a slot in the 1993 Farm Aid benefit concert.

Grab a physical album after Dec. 15 and alert your local record shop if you’d like to see the album there, too!

Nowadays, Kuhlmann can be found regularly appearing throughout Southern California as a solo acoustic artist. He’s recently reunited with a former bandmate as well, collaborating with guitarist Peter Sheppard. Sheppard is a member of Jackknifed Big Rig, the band backing Kuhlmann on ‘Echo Like Empty Rooms.’ On two tracks, ‘Forever Friends’ and ‘Labor Day,’ Sheppard harnesses his prowess for some of most emotional instrumental solos on the album.

‘Echo Like Empty Rooms’ is the latest chapter in Kuhlmann’s incredibly extensive and rewarding career in the industry. Tracks like ‘Labor Day’ exhibit a hauntingly beautiful sense of introspection and emotion. At its heart, the album is the perfect manifestation of a singer songwriter penning songs that toy with rock and roll musings as well. ‘Forever Friends’ may be the finest example of this, elegantly melding Kuhlmann’s inspirations and genre-bending style into one track.

‘Echo Like Empty Rooms’ acts as Volume One of a larger project for Kuhlmann. Volume Two is already in the works. In the next several weeks, the album will be available on major digital platforms: iTunes and the like. After December 15, fans can pick up a physical copy via CD Baby or Amazon. Even better yet, it is also available via Kuhlmann’s website and PayPal. He’ll even sign it. Connect with Robert Thomas Kuhlmann through his main website and social networking, all of which can be found below along with relevant contact information.

 

 

Forever Friends

Forever Friends is one of the songs from our upcoming Echo Like Empty Rooms EP.

Listen to it here 

More details coming soon!

#echolikeemptyrooms

New 5 Song EP coming soon!!

RTK in the Studio:

You may know that I’ve been in the studio recording a batch of new (and not-so-new) songs with Kevin Fisher since last May. The original plan was to release a 10-12 song CD before Christmas 2014. Now, I haven’t been documenting the activity very regularly here (or even on my Facebook page) but  December came and went and we still had a lot of work to do.

Last night we moved 5 songs into the “let’s get these finished!” stage. So, instead of waiting 10 more months for a full CD, I’m going to release a 5-song EP!

I don’t have an exact date yet, but I think we can make this happen around May.  So, stay tuned!

RTK Live:

Also coming up in May, I’ve been invited to perform at this year’s Matsuri of Faith at Faith United Methodist Church in Torrance. It will be short set in the afternoon, and we will be performing songs from the recent sessions. And who knows, we might even have a horn section!

Keep checking our Facebook page for more information…

Top 3 Reasons Why It’s Time For a New RTK Record

3. I’ve got a batch of songs that need to be recorded…

2. It’s time because I’m on a 10 year recording cycle (The R & D Project in 2004, Confidential Reasons in 1994)

1. I get to work with Kevin Fisher!

Kevin and I met today and began planning our approach to the recording sessions, which will start in a few weeks. We’ll keep you updated with postings here, on our Facebook page and via Twitter.

RTK at Suzy’s in Hermosa – Friday, Nov 1 @ 9:00p

Hey everyone!
Our next performance will this Friday, November 1st when Pete Sheppard and I return to Suzy’s Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach. It’ll be a 30 minute acoustic set of originals from our various CD releases plus some surprises!

There are 3 other acts on the bill including the hard-rocking song stylings of The Ride featuring our pals Bruce Braddock and Ben Davis. And did I mention that Ragin’ Cajun has taken over the kitchen?  Oh yeah!! See you Friday night…

Friday, November 1
9:00pm
Suzy’s Bar and Grill
1141 Aviation Blvd
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
(310) 379-6171
(corner of Aviation Blvd and Prospect Avenue, next to Big Lots)

Blessings,
Robert

Backwards Hat Attack
The Ride
Robert Thomas Kuhlmann
Mark Ennis

July Shows

I’m excited to be part of the upcoming Seasons of Love show next Saturday! We are celebrating Steve Bullard’s 20 years with Faith UMC & 20 years with the International Children’s Choir with a concert on Saturday, July 13 @ 4 PM at Centinela Center for the Arts in Lawndale.  The concert includes many individuals and groups he has been associated with, and I’ve been asked to perform my song “He’ll Be There” along with the Faith Chancel Choir. Tickets are $10. Call 310 817-0731 for ticket information.

Jackknifed Big Rig will be appearing at the Dragonfly in Hollywood on Sunday, July 28th. Tickets will be available in advance or at the door.