"As a child, I remember writing "gatar" as the number one item on my Christmas list and hanging it on the refrigerator." Kevin Herchen was playing the guitar before he could even spell it and singing every television and radio jingle you could imagine. He entertained passing cars and neighborhood children by playing his nylon-stringed JC Penny guitar on his front door step.
At age 15, Herchen took a serious interest in his music, bought himself a Kay starter guitar, and taught himself to play from a Mel Bay instructional book and a little help from his father, Paul. Not long after, he began formal lessons; but found himself bored with the regimen of guitar "homework" and as he says, "my ear and a radio was all I needed."
At West Warwick High School (West Warwick, RI), Herchen joined the Jazz Ensemble. As a featured soloist, he won several awards including best guitar solo at The Berklee College Jazz Festival in 1996. "It was the first time I felt that all my hard work had paid off," Herchen says, "and I was glad to be given the opportunity to show what I was capable of. The award made me realize that this was something I could actually pursue further and definitely something I could never give up."
Herchen now enjoys playing venues throughout New England as a solo, acoustic artist and with The Kevin Herchen Band. He and his band have opened for Big & Rich, Frankie Ballard, and Jo Dee Messina. He has played shows in Nashville, California, Chicago, and Orlando.
His captivating style and passion can be heard in his original work and his cover songs. He recorded a live compilation at the Rocky Point Pub in Warwick, RI in 2005 and in 2010 completed a 10 track, solo, acoustic album entitled "Borrowed Time" and is currently working with Grammy nominated producer Jack Gauthier at Lakewest Studios.
In 2012, he created the Kevin Herchen YouTube channel and added live video recordings from Venue Studios. In 2015, he was named the winner of the WPRI Rhode Show Big Break Contest. He looks to go as far as his music will take him. "Music is in my blood," Herchen concludes, "I won't stop until I can't play or sing anymore."