Reverend Kingfish has accomplished little in his time on this planet. He asks little from life and has received little in return. So much for life.
Reverend Kingfish has no recordings, no list of famous musicians he has shared the stage with, no celebrity endorsements. He is, essentially, a nobody. And as a nobody, he can be anybody. That is the power of obscurity.
Reverend Kingfish is as insubstantial as the evening mist that wafts through the graveyard. As empty as the stomach of a celestial turtle. As unimportant as yesterday's news. He sees all, penetrating the masks that we all wear, unfurling the folded flag of lust, greed, fornication, and every other category of human depravity.
Reverend Kingfish inhabits a dream land where dusk and dawn have no boundary, where the sliver of time that separates life and death expands to encompass the universe, where human beings reveal their innermost fears and desires. Nothing is hidden from Reverend Kingfish and his music exposes all from the tawdry to the sublime. But mostly the tawdry. No subject is out of bounds for the Reverend. Booze, violence, fornication, infidelity, death -- these are the stuff of human existence and the the inspiration for his songs.
Drawing from the traditions of blues, jazz, rockabilly, R&B, and tin pan alley, Reverend Kingfish creates a sound incorporating influences as diverse as Bessie Smith, Bob Wills, Charlie Feathers, Fats Waller, Emmett Miller, Ray Charles, Leon Redbone, Wayne Hancock, Jonathan Richman and The Cramps. The Reverend is also inspired by artists including Robert Crumb, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Antonio da Correggio, Diane Arbus, and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Literary influences include Mark Twain, Dante Alighieri, Charles Bukowski, Geoffrey Chaucer, Adam P. Knave, and The Firesign Theatre. Other contributors to his "art" include Ed Wood, Russ Meyer, Ray Dennis Steckler, Bettie Page, Hal Roach, and too many more to list.
The Reverend's original music focuses on revealing all that makes us human without any gloss -- hope, failure, lust, pettiness, and generosity.