Pittsburgh Blues Festival

July 2021

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Kip London has been performing folk, rhythm, and jump blues since the age of 17. He has gone from performing solo, to sideman, to heading up a 6-piece Jump blues band. During his time in Boston he also did a 7 year stint as the lead vocalist for a 15-piece swing orchestra. Six years ago, Kip returned to performing solo exclusively. Early influences instilled the song writing bug early on. While performing material written by other artists, Kip has always included original material as the primary focus of his performances.  

Accompanying himself on acoustic and National Resonator guitars, his singing is raw and powerful. His songs are authentic, gritty and thought provoking.

Kip is this years’ winner of the Blues Society of Western PA’s annual Blues Challenge in the Solo/Duo category. Kip will be representing western PA in the 2022 International Blues Challenge held in Memphis in January of 2022.

The Boston Globe has called Kip’s music “straight ahead cool”.

Kip’s first CD release was listed in the top ten of new releases from Blues Review Magazine. That month’s favorites included Kim Wilson, Susan Tedeschi, BB King and Bob Dylan.

Pittsburgh Rock & Roll Legend Norm Nardini says about Kip: “Old school song writing sensibilities, cool voice and some fine guitar picking”. “The real deal.”

Kip has shared the stage with a number of national performers over the years. More recently you may have seen Kip open for Tommy Castro or being one of the showcase performers at the Pittsburgh Blues and Roots Festival this past summer.

A Pittsburgh native, Kip lived in Boston for several years before returning to the “Burgh” in January of 2017. Look for Kip at any number of the local performing venues.