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Troubador, Street Musician, Songwriter Kimrea, circa 1979
Kimrea Biography      

Kimrea is a regular performer in the San Francisco Bay Area solo and with her band, Dreamdogs. Kimrea & Dreamdogs are a versatile group of professional musicians, with an extensive catalog of excellent original songs and well known popular songs. Blues, pop, rock, country, jazz, classics old and new, you name it, Dreamdogs play it. The rich four part vocal harmonies, and solid musicianship of this tight little band are refreshing to hear.

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A prolific American songwriter and singer Kimrea has been composing and performing her own compositions for almost five decades. Her songs are a vibrant mix of colors and emotions. Her lyrics communicate in simple catchy ways. She draws from many styles with roots in folk, influences of rock, nuances of jazz, touches of blues, country flavors, pop spices, theatrical flourishes and pinches of punk.

Kimrea began seriously writing songs, singing and playing music at age 13, when she ran away from home and was introduced to the guitar at a coffee-house in Elkhart, Indiana, called "Partly Daves".

By the time she was 18, Kimrea was performing as a folk artist, doing the required "Top-40" covers and sneaking in an occasional original song from time to time. She played solo, accompanying herself on guitar, six nights a week in the ski country of Northern Michigan, between Traverse City and Kalamazoo. Her venues consisted of nightclubs, dinner clubs, coffee shops, bars and college campuses.

In 1978, Kimrea bought a one-month rail pass and continued her journey in search for places where she could play her own music. Ultimately landing in San Francisco with only a dime left in her pocket, she became a seasoned street musician. Her troubadour travels circled around the continent, via New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Cambridge and Boston, and helped in the development of songwriting that is inspired by an infinite variety of styles and forms of music.

In 1984, burnt from the hard life of a street musician, Kimrea disappeared from the music scene. She worked as a gardener, a secretary, a web developer, an artist and a preschool teacher, still continuing to write her songs and testing them out at the local Open Mic.

In 1999 Kimrea began to perform solo at the No Name Bar. Via an Angel in the audience at her first official show, she found herself at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley with a record deal, recording her debut album “Dreamdogs” which was released in early 2001.

After the release of “Dreamdogs” Kimrea formed her band “Kimrea and Dreamdogs” and began to perform regularly in the Bay Area. Her Self Produced, Live, second album, "Pre-Platinum" recorded with her band mates, live at the Sweetwater, was released in September, 2004.

Kimrea's third CD, "Monday Night Live" was recorded live in July of 2005 with her Dreamdog band at their regular Monday Night gig at the No Name Bar in Sausalito. “Monday Night Live" was released in April of 2006.

In 2007 Kimrea & her band the Dreamdogs, Joe Lococo, Russ Whitehead and Joost Vonk released their first studio album together. The album "Big Time" was produced by Kimrea and recorded by Jim Reitzel at 3 time Grammy winning Producer Narada Michael Walden's Tarpan Studios. Narada Michael Walden produced one song "What Do You Want From Me" on the album. The album also features Harmonica Great Norton Buffalo from the Steve Miller Band on the track "Paradise".

In 2011 Kimrea released her 5th album “Secret Room”, produced by Jim Reitzel and recorded at Tarpan Studios. Drummer Gary Mallaber (Steve Miller, Van Morrison…that’s Gary on Van Morrison’s hit “Moondance”) lends his energy to 6 cuts on that album.

On her 57th birthday, September 14th 2014, Kimrea released another 12 stellar songs on her 6th album “Subversive Blues”. This album was also produced by Jim Reitzel.

On January 1st, New Years Day, 2018, Kimrea released her 7th album of original songs entitled “My Best Game”. The album is a collection of 15 songs produced again by the great Jim Reitzel.

Kimrea is busy writing songs for her next album. Her dream is that the songs will find their way into the world and live on long after she is gone.

She and her band continue to play regularly in the Bay Area and can be found every Monday Night (For the Last 18 years and counting) performing at the Historic No Name Bar in Sausalito, California.

“On “My Best Game,” her seventh album, Kimrea delivers a collection of 15 mostly light-hearted pop-rock songs that are refreshingly welcome in troubled times.”

“With “My Best Game,” Kimrea once again asserts herself as one of Marin’s most dedicated and prolific singer-songwriters.” - Paul Liberatore

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