After releasing her debut album Note to Self, singer-songwriter Bre Kennedy is releasing an acoustic Note to Self EP on Friday, which includes five stripped-back versions of songs from the 2021 album.
Kennedy chatted with Variance during SXSW in Austin, the Nashville-based artist's debut at the festival, which was making its return after a two-year in-person hiatus due to the pandemic.
Speaking about her recent album, Kennedy talked with us about the songwriting process and sincerely facing the "trauma" which inspired some of her music, specifically her song "Thick Skin," which is included on the new acoustic EP as well as the album.
“I wrote Note to Self in the thick of quarantine," says Kennedy. "And it helped me heal and navigate my self-growth through 2020. This acoustic EP honors coming of age, growing pains and celebrates seeing our friends again, letting go of what we can't control, and the best and worst parts of ourselves.”
Kennedy is currently on tour with Joy Oladokun, with the trek ending next month in Nashville. The following month, Kennedy will make her debut at Bonnaroo, which is also making a comeback after two years off, one due to the pandemic and last year because of severe flooding on the festival grounds.
Check out Kennedy's interview with Variance as well as the EP below.
Bre Kennedy's live schedule:
April 15 — Portland, OR — The Wonder Ballroom
April 16 — Seattle, WA — Neumos
April 19 — Salt Lake City — Soundwell
April 20 — Denver, CO — Summit
April 22 — Kansas City — The Recordbar
April 23 — Davenport, IA — The Raccoon Motel
April 24 — Minneapolis, MN — Fine Line Music Cafe
April 26 — Madison, WI — The Majestic Theatre
April 27 — Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
April 28 — West Palm Beach, FL — SunFest 2022
April 29 — Toronto, CA — Horseshoe Tavern
May 1 — Boston, MA — The Royale
May 2 — New York, NY — The Bowery Ballroom
May 5 — Holyoke, MA — Gateway City Arts
May 6 — Ardmore, PA — Ardmore Music Hall
May 7 — Pittsburgh, PA — Thunderbird Cafe and Music Hall
May 9 — Washington, DC — Union Stage
May 10 — Durham, NC — Motorco Music Hall
May 11 — Asheville, NC — The Grey Eagle
May 13 — Atlanta, GA — Terminal West
May 14 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East
May 15 — Nashville, TN — The Basement East