Justin Kemp Band
New Country Single
"Legends Never Die"
The Justin Kemp Band released their new country single "Legends Never Die" on December 20, 2019. This original classic country song is a clever tribute to Country Music legends whose song titles compose most of the lyrics. Each line has been skillfully gleaned from many classic country hit songs from legends such as George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Merle Haggard, Don Williams, Conway Twitty, Buck Owens & Hank Williams Sr. Their songs continue to inspire Country Music fans, and Justin hopes that this "new" single will in fact showcase how relevant they are today and will keep country music alive for generations to come.
"Legends Never Die" was written by Justin and David Kemp, Justin's father. The idea of the song was conceptualized when Merle Haggard passed away on April 6, 2016. This inspired Justin and David to start writing a song with song titles from Merle. As the lyrics & melody progressed they began adding song titles from other legendary artists they admired. David wrote most of the lyrics to Justin’s melody. Merle Haggard was one of David Kemp’s (bassist and vocalist) favorite artists growing up. David says, “I am so proud that the music I listened to growing up inspired my son’s music career.”
The accompanying "Behind the Song" video showcases the story of the song coming to life and follows the recording process. “The most special part of this project was creating something that was really important to my father. As much as I like making music for my fans, I love being able to share the creative process with my family,” commented Justin Kemp.
Justin was born and raised in Hobbs, New Mexico on the Texas Border. Growing up in a musical family he was heavily influenced by the great Merle Haggard, George Jones, Keith Whitley, and all of the legends going back to the 1970’s. Once he picked up the guitar at the age of eleven there was no turning back. He began songwriting in High School and pursued music at South Plains College in Levelland, TX. With the support of his father, David Kemp, who also plays bass with the band, the Justin Kemp Band was born. Justin co-writes many of the original songs the band records and performs with his father David, including "Steppin’ Stone" and the new release "Legends Never Die".
The single was co-produced by Skip Mitchell (Oak Ridge Boys Guitarist 1976-1986/Nashville) Led by Production Manager Bobby Luster with musicians Andy Reiss - Guitar, Bob Angelo - Acoustic Guitar, Matt McGee - Bass, Ron Krasinski - Drums, Steve Hinson - Steele, Ronnie Godfrey - Keyboards, Megan Poppe Fiddle, Lead Vocals - Justin Kemp, Back Vocals - Megan Poppe & David Kemp. The video was produced by The New Mexico Junior College.
Justin and the band tour nationally and he also performs as a trio with David and their fiddle player Megan Poppe. They have opened for many major acts including Joe Nichols, Chase Rice, Dylan Scott, Travis Tritt, Tanya Tucker, Josh Abbott Band, Kevin Fowler, and Wade Bowen to name a few.
Listening to this song, there is no doubt that “as long as “Justin Kemp” has a six string in his hands,” The Legends” featured in this single will surely “Never Die”.