Coming all the way from Hobbs, New Mexico, The Justin Kemp Band just released their new Country hit “Borrow a Kiss” on all music streaming & download platforms. Recorded in Nashville with the legendary Larry Beaird as the COVID pandemic shut down the world, “Borrow a Kiss” is meant to restore faith for all of the single men and ladies that have not yet met their soulmate. With world class fiddle backlining the track and the driving guitar riffs from Justin Kemp the tone is set for of a modern day contemporary Country song that will connect with hard core Country music fans.
The track tells of a woman who caught the attention of an infatuated man in a small town. The moment he saw her he knew he had to say something, but when he walked up to her, the words came out far less smooth than he hoped. She replies to the corny pick up lines with playful banter, “Did you read that in a book?” The short but flirtatious pining interaction in the song will have you daydreaming about the tender, innocent moments every young adult experiences.
Justin Kemp grew up on the Texas and New Mexico border where he was constantly surrounded by music from his family. He is heavily influenced by Merle Haggard, George Jones, and Keith Whitle. These Country music legends have a great effect on the vocal range and key instruments the band utilizes on the song. Once he picked up the guitar at the age of eleven there was no turning back for Justin.
Kemp 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 along with his father and band mate David Kemp. Their releases also include Better Man, Heart’s Desire and Legends Never Die. 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. They have played with such notables as Confederate Railroad, Neil McCoy, Wade Bowen, Aaron Watson and LoCash.
The Justin Kemp Band's Country single “Legends Never Die” is an original classic Country song and 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 the single showcased how relevant these traditional greats are today and how they keep Country music alive for generations to come.
Legends Never Die was written by Justin and David Kemp. 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 and 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 “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 (David Kemp). As much as I like making music for my fans, I love being able to share the creative process with my family,” commented Justin.
Justin’s booming voice accompanied by the contrasting melodic sounds of the fiddle makes for a masterpiece on the ears. The fiddle, played by Megan Poppe, is a pillar on which the band showcases their sound . With the use of the fiddle, the Justin Kemp Band is bringing back traditional Country music like the many legends before them.