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Singled Out: The Kontroversy's Keep Goin'


. Today Kevin Sanders from 60s style rockers The Kontroversy tells us about the song "Keep Goin'" from their brand new album "Reprise". Here is the story:

After playing around the Kansas City area for four years, and releasing an EP on Kansas City's legendary Titan Records, things seemed to be coming together for my band, The Kontroversy. We had started recording some songs for an album, when our bass player, Fred Prellberg, announced that he was leaving the group to finish his college degree in order to obtain a promotion at his day job. Around the same time, the lead guitarist, Ken Carey, said that he had to put the band on hold while he sorted out some personal issues with his family.

The song "Keep Goin'" is my plea to the band members to keep the band together. I noticed that some of my favorite bands had songs with what seemed to be a similar subject matter, such as The Beach Boys' "Do It Again," The Kinks' "Do It Again," and my former band, The Leopards' "Back on the Track" So I thought, this would be my contribution to the subject and I reference these songs in the lyrics.

Fred got his degree, was promoted, and transferred to Chicago. The drummer, who is my brother Tim, and I lost touch with Ken, but we did keep in touch with Fred. The years went by and early in 2014, Ken found Tim and me on Facebook and expressed an interest in playing with us again.

We got together but Ken was too busy playing in two other bands and running weekly jam sessions an a local KC club to make a commitment. This made me realize that I didn't have good recordings of the songs I had been writing since the break-up of the band. I contacted Fred and my brother to gauge their interest in recording these songs and finishing up the recordings we started 30 years ago. They were excited by the prospect of a new Kontroversy album and Fred agreed to make some trips to KC to record. The result is a new album, Reprise, released on January 6, 2015 on my own label, RBR Records. "Keep Goin'" is included on the album.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself here and learn more about the album right here!

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