A Farewell and New Beginnings

 

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Thank you so much to everyone who attended our final performance. Emotions were high and the combined energy of the room could have fueled a jet. We consider ourselves lucky to have had such passionate friends/fans. People travelled great distances to hear us play one last time. It was flattering and humbling to see your faces in the crowd. We love and appreciate you all. Take care of yourselves and those around you. And thanks for all the incredible memories.

Feel free to check out the RFT slide-show from our last performance HERE.

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We encourage the continued support and exploration of local music. St. Louis has been good to us and good for us. When we moved from Illinois to St. Louis, we didn’t expect to gain such a loyal following. We’re grateful for everything we were able to accomplish locally.

Some members of Kentucky Knife Fight have their own music projects. We want everyone to know where to find them. Nate is working on a project called Cracked Ceilings, which you can see for the first time at Art Bar in St. Louis on December 10th. You can follow him on facebook here: facebook.com/crackedceilings. Be on the look-out for Cracked Ceilings recordings online.

Curt and Nathan are involved with their own project called Yankee Racers. You can follow Yankee Racers here: yankeeracers.net , facebook.com/yankeeracers, and you can listen to their music here: yankeeracers.bandcamp.com.

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Thanks again, everyone. It has been one hell of a ride. We love and appreciate you more than words can describe.

with love and endless gratitude,

KKF

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Our final show is going to sell out!! Buy tickets today!!

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Friends,

As we gaze into our crystal ball, we see many disappointed people standing outside Off Broadway on November 22. There are only 130 tickets left for our final show. These are projected to sell out very soon. If you’re interested in attending – please purchase today.

ticket link: http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/677263

event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/688197801247165/

KKF

 

 

 

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A long overdue thank you | Farewell show tickets

As many of you heard, our last performance will be November 22, 2014.

We’ve accumulated many overdue thank you’s in ten years. We’re sure to forget a name or two, so our apologies in advance.

Our undying love and respect to our families—

A public thank you to our significant others and important ladies: Kate Splendoria Holler, Christina Baker, Ewa Budka, Heather Tucker, and Kim Douglas. They have been the uncredited heroes in our story and they deserve acknowledgment. Their strength and support have guided us through many ups and downs. We’re forever grateful to them. We know it has not been easy and we know we’re a bunch of lucky bastards. Don’t think we don’t.

Thank you to our parents: Lori Spilker, Rob Spilker, Jeff Holler, George and Terri Jones, Jon and Judy Koenig, David and Andrea Baker, Tom Brewer, Diane Hawn, John Jatcko, and Barb Jatcko for their life-long support and encouragement. It’s truly one of the greatest gifts a parent can give their children.

Special thanks: Josh and Dana Koenig, Emily Jones, Jay and Nikki Brewer, JJ and Pete Magliocco, Joe Baker, Julie Baker, and Sara Jatcko.

Venu and Shannon, we’re forever in your debt. We’re still at a loss for words. Love you.

Endless gratitude to all our fans/friends—

It’s been one hell of a journey. Some of you saw us take our first steps onto the tiny Stagger Inn stage. We had four songs to our name and no understanding of how it would go over. Well, it went over. Again and again.

Thank you for sharing this experience with us. It’s been our pleasure performing for you; it’s been our honor getting to know you. We appreciate the passion you have for our music and we’re flattered to hear about its effect on your life. You have two more opportunities to see us. Hopefully you’re able to attend at least one.

October 2: Hangar 9 | Carbondale, IL w/ Ha Ha Tonka
November 22: Off Broadway | St. Louis, MO

It’s STRONGLY suggested you buy tickets for 11/22 in advance. They’re selling fast:http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/677263

Facebook Event/Invite: https://www.facebook.com/events/688197801247165/

And now for our long list of thank you’s (in no particular order): Off Broadway, The Firebird, Lemmons, The Way Out Club, John Brown’s on the Square, Stagger Inn Again, The Smoke & Barrel Tavern, KDHX, The Mixtape on KDHX, Rocket 88 on KDHX, Bob Reuter – St. Louis Photographer and Performing Songwriter, Fred Friction, KMNR 89.7 FM, RFT Music, Eleven Magazine, Go! St. Louis, ALIVE Magazine St. Louis, The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Belleville News-Democrat, St. Louis Magazine, The Blind Eyes, Whiskey Folk, The Cuban Missiles, The Haddonfields, Murder By Death, The Great Crusades, Old 97′s, Ford Theatre Reunion, The Timmys, The Monads, Fattback, Funky Butt Brass Band, Dana Michael Anderson, John Krane, Pretty Little Empire, Bruiser Queen, Christian Lee Hutson, The Ladybirds, The Lusitania, Steve and Kit, Alan Brown @ Please & Thank You Booking, Nate Burrell @ Before The Blink, Firebrand Recording, Native Sound, Kit Hamon, Beth Bombara, Corey Woodruff Photography, Christian Schaeffer, Jack and Shannon, First Punch Film Production, Dave Johnson, Vintage Vinyl – St. Louis, David Wiatrolik, Clint Begley, Chris Watkins, Mike Martin, Utopia Studios, John Henry, Throwing Things Records, Tinderbox, The Temp Agency, Ryan Adams, Carl Ross, The Music Enthusiast, Todd Koenig.

with love and respect,

KKF

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Farewell show | Off Broadway | Nov 22, 2014

November 22, 2014 will be our last show. This is likely surprising news to many of you. There are no overly dramatic reasons behind this decision. We’ve simply run out of gas, but we will continue working on independent projects well into the future.

We just want to say thank you to anyone and everyone who ever cared about what we do. We hope the music we’ve created over the past decade has moved, inspired, or influenced you in some way.

The love and warmth we’ve felt all over this great country is immeasurable. The stories we’ve accumulated and the experiences we’ve shared since we began have shaped us as musicians and as humans, forever.

We are honored to be a St. Louis band. This city has been our home, our anchor, and our lifeblood. We’ve been proud ambassadors on our travels, carrying the torch and tending to its flame.

Our final performance will take place at Off Broadway. Our friends Whiskey Folk and Christian Lee Hutson will be joining us for an evening of celebration.

Tickets can be purchased here (we strongly suggest buying tickets in advance): http://www.ticketfly.com/purchase/event/677263

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/688197801247165/

We have two shows prior to November 22 in Chicago and Carbondale. If you live in these cities, this will be your last opportunity to see us.

September 11: Beat Kitchen | Chicago, IL
October 2: Hangar 9 | Carbondale, IL w/ Ha Ha Tonka

Thanks again, everyone. We appreciate your support more than you’ll ever know.

with boundless love and gratitude,
KKF

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Brand new EP, August-September show dates

Hey, everybody. Hope you’re all doing well out there. Our August is looking pretty busy. We’re sure you’re busy too so we’ll get right to it.

The St. Louis Post Dispatch/Go Magazine named us the “Best Local Band” in St. Louis! We’re honored to represent this city, and flattered to know our efforts are not going unnoticed. Thanks so much, everyone. You can check out the full write-up here.

We’ve spent the last three months writing new material and we have some songs to show for it. We started to incorporate them into our set and the responses have been great. We’ll be releasing a new EP by fall of this year!

Here’s our schedule for the next month. We’re heading to a lot of familiar places and hope to see a lot of familiar faces.

08/07: White Water Tavern // Little Rock, AR

08/08: George’s Majestic  // Fayetteville, AR

08/09: Lola’s Saloon Sixth // Fort Worth, TX

08/14: Al’s Bar  // Lexington , KY

08/15: MOTR Pub  // Cincinnati, OH

08/21: Riot Room  // Kansas City , MO

08/22: Crown Uptown  // Wichita , KS

08/23: Outland Ballroom (downstairs)  // Springfield, MO

08/28: Lamasco’s // Evansville, IN

08/29: John Brown’s on The Square // Marion, IL

08/30: Pitter’s Lounge // Cape Girardeau , MO

09/11: Beat Kitchen // Chicago, IL

XOXO,

KKF

 

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RFT Award + cool new photos of us + STL show + summer tour dates!

Greetings, everyone. If you’re receiving this via email, thanks for joining our email list. As you know, this is the best way to stay up-to-date with us and our concert calendar. If you just happened to stop by via the inter-webs… hello!

Thanks to everyone who attended our shows with the Old 97′s in Minneapolis, Chicago, and Milwaukee. It was a real honor opening for the 97′s and performing for such amazing crowds all three nights. We hope to be back to your towns soon.

Big thanks to everyone who voted us “Best Rock Band” in this year’s Riverfront Times Awards. This marks our four consecutive win! We feel like the prettiest girl at the prom! XOXO

JULY 19 is a big show at Plush in St. Louis. This is our first local headlining show since March. Do not miss it. You can buy tickets HERE. Also, here’s a really cool promo video for the show…

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JULY 26 we return to Donnie’s Homespun in Springfield, IL! It’s been awhile since we played central Illinois. Some might say it’s been too long.

We recently finished a photo shoot with local photographer, Corey Woodruff. The final results look great! Click the pic below to view the entire shoot!

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07/31: Maxine’s  // Hot Springs, AR

08/01: Double Wide // Dallas, TX

08/02: Mercury Lounge  // Tulsa, OK

08/07: White Water Tavern // Little Rock, AR

08/08: George’s Majestic  // Fayetteville, AR

08/09: Lola’s Saloon Sixth // Fort Worth, TX

08/14: Al’s Bar  // Lexington , KY

08/15: MOTR Pub // Cincinnati, OH

08/21: Riot Room  // Kansas City , MO

08/22: Crown Uptown  // Wichita , KS

08/23: Outland Ballroom (downstairs)  // Springfield, MO

08/28: Lamasco’s // Evansville, IN

08/29: John Brown’s on The Square // Marion, IL

08/30: Pitter’s Lounge // Cape Girardeau , MO

09/11: Beat Kitchen // Chicago, IL

We hope to see you down the road. Take care of yourselves and those around you.

Much love,

KKF

 

 

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The most intense thing anyone’s ever said to us after a show, and More…

“Man, I just did a ten year sentence in Potosi. I got out eight hours ago. You’re the first band I’ve seen in ten years. You guys were fucking great.”

– A direct quote from a fan after our Midwest Mayhem set. More on that a bit later.

June is here and so is the oppressive St. Louis humidity. It’s going to be a busy summer for us. We’re sure you’re busy as well, so we’ll get right to it.

  • We’re honored to be nominated for another RFT Music Award and flattered to be in the (“Rock”) category with so much talent. Voting ends July 9th. You can cast your vote here: http://musicshowcasepoll.riverfronttimes.com
  • We have three shows in June with the Old 97′s. It’s exciting to be opening for a great band. These shows can’t come soon enough.

06/20: First Avenue (w/ Old 97′s) // Minneapolis , MN

06/21: Park West (w/ Old 97′s)  // Chicago, IL

06/22: Turner Hall (w/ Old 97′s) // Milwaukee, WI

  • Our next HOME show! This is our first headlining show in STL since March.      Don’t miss it!

07/19: Plush // Saint Louis , MO

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  • Our July-Aug schedule is filling up nicely. We’ll be returning to some of our favorite cities during this time. Take a peek…

07/26: Donnie’s Homespun  // Springfield, IL

07/31: Maxine’s  // Hot Springs, AR

08/01: Double Wide // Dallas, TX

08/02: Mercury Lounge  // Tulsa, OK

08/07: White Water Tavern // Little Rock, AR

08/08: George’s Majestic  // Fayetteville, AR

08/09: Lola’s Saloon Sixth // Fort Worth, TX

08/14: Al’s Bar  // Lexington , KY

08/15: MOTR Pub // Cincinnati, OH

08/21: Riot Room  // Kansas City , MO

08/22: tba // Wichita, KS

08/23: Outland Ballroom  (downstairs) // Springfield, MO

08/28: Lamasco’s // Evansville, IN

08/29: John Brown’s on The Square // Marion, IL

08/30: Pitter’s Lounge // Cape Girardeau , MO

A big thank you to everyone who attended our shows in Decatur, IL at Donnie’s Homespun, and this year’s Midwest Mayhem at the City Museum in STL. Both shows were incredible. Though we’ve been playing Central Illinois for as long as we’ve been a band, we’ve neglected Decatur. That won’t happen anymore. Also, this was our first time playing Midwest Mayhem. The room was packed and absolutely electric. We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out or response.

It was after our Midwest Mayhem set, a gentleman walked up to Jason, gave him a firm handshake, and said: ”Man, I just did a ten year sentence in Potosi. I got out eight hours ago. You’re the first band I’ve seen in ten years. You guys were fucking great.” Music has a tendency to bring it out of people. It might be because the act of performing live music on stage can be a vulnerable experience. One that people identify and connect with. We lay it all out there and when we walk off, we feel both drained and invigorated. People have responded to us after the show in a variety of ways. Anything ranging from sober and heartfelt to intoxicated and downright weepy. The gentleman from Potosi takes the cake. It was the most intense thing anyone has ever told us after a show. One that left us speechless.

We’ll leave you with this:  If you haven’t yet figured out who the special people are in your life — get on it. When you find them — hold on to them like the antidote. You’ll never know when you’ll need them or when they’ll need you. We cannot say thank you enough. It’s our pleasure performing for such passionate crowds. See you down the road.

KKF

P.S.: Our brand new Tee shirt, designed by our very own guitarist Nate Jones, can be found right here.

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Shows with Old 97′s and more! New t-shirt Presale begins today! RFT Awards!

Hello, all. We’ve started to put dates on the calendar and wanted to share what we have so far. Take note of our June 20th – June 22nd shows with Old 97′s!! We’re super excited! We’ll have more to add very soon. Stay tuned.

05/15: Midwest Mayhem @ City Museum  // St. Louis, MO

06/20: First Avenue (w/ Old 97′s) // Minneapolis , MN

06/21: Park West (w/ Old 97′s)  // Chicago, IL

06/22: Turner Hall (w/ Old 97′s) // Milwaukee, WI

07/19: Plush // Saint Louis , MO

07/26: Donnie’s Homespun  // Springfield, IL

07/31: Maxine’s  // Hot Springs, AR

08/01: Double Wide // Dallas, TX

08/02: Mercury Lounge  // Tulsa, OK

08/07: White Water Tavern // Little Rock, AR

08/09: Lola’s Saloon Sixth // Fort Worth, TX

08/15: MOTR Pub  // Cincinnati, OH

08/21: Riot Room  // Kansas City , MO

08/23: Outland Ballroom  (downstairs) // Springfield, MO

08/28: Lamasco’s // Evansville, IN

08/30: Pitter’s Lounge // Cape Girardeau , MO

Also, we have a new t-shirt that you can pre-order! It was designed by our guitarist Mr. Nate Jones. Check it out! The Pre-sale starts today and will end Friday, and anyone who buys a pre-sale tee shirt will get a digital download of our newest single “My Brave Daughter”.  All men’s tees are Gildan Softstyle 100% Preshrunk Cotton and all women’s tees are Gildan Ringspun 100% Preshrunk Cotton.

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Last but not least, we have been nominated for yet another River Front Times’ Music Award in the “Rock” category. We’re incredibly grateful to be nominated again. You can take a look at all the nominees HERE. Voting begins in May.

We hope to see you soon!

Xoxo,
KKF

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April showers, a NEW VAN, writing, shows!

According to T.S. Elliot, “April is the cruelest month.” Let’s hope that’s not the case. Not after the winter we just had. No no no. That just won’t do.

First off, we’re pleased to announce we have a NEW VAN (pictured below)! Thanks so much to everyone who contributed. We’re deeply touched by your generosity. You guys and gals came through for us, big time. There’s never a good time for your van to get stolen, but two days before a tour is about as bad as it gets. We can’t say thank you enough to all who donated, shared the news, emailed us about deals on vans, or just sent well wishes. You folks are the best.

We hope everyone is enjoying the new songs. We’ve been writing a lot over the last several weeks and we’re pretty close to having something to show for it. We’re excited how things are shifting with our music and are eager to share with all of you.

April will be a continued writing period for us. However, we are playing a few shows. Here’s our shows for the month. We hope to catch some of you down the road. Best, KKF.

4/12: “Lo-Fi Cherokee Street” (20min set @ 3pm) / Whiskey Ring / St. Louis, MO

4/25: John Brown’s / Marion, IL

4/26: The State Room / Quincy, IL

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Two NEW songs give away + March shows!!

Happy March, everyone! Spring is almost here and we couldn’t be happier.

First off, thanks so much to everybody who donated to our van fund and to everyone who attended our show at Off Broadway. The money generated from both is getting us closer to a new van. We intend to have a vehicle by the end of this month.

We hope everyone is enjoying the two new songs we mailed out. If you missed the chance last week — it’s not too late. We are extending the offer for the rest of March. So anyone who donates ANY amount of money to our van fund will receive two new songs: “My Brave Daughter” and “Dressed in Red.”  These songs will be delivered via email. You can donate by clicking on this handy dandy button right here:

SORRY DONATIONS ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. THANKS TO ALL WHO DONATED.

This month is going to be spent writing new material for our next album. However we are throwing two Indiana shows into the mix.

03/25: Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

03/26: Evansville, IN @ Lamasco’s

If you missed it, here’s the FOX 2 News story about our vehicle. We enjoy the fun little van graphic they created for the story: http://fox2now.com/2014/03/03/band-raising-money-to-replace-stolen-van/

Thanks again to everyone and anyone who donated money. With your help we will be on the road again real soon. XOXO

with Love,

KKF

 

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