Kevin McCluskey


Steel guitar, Dobro, Fiddle, Mandolin, Banjo, Background Singer, Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Other Percussion, Drums, Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist.


Currently producing EDM song with David Crosby guitarist Jeff Pevar. I like to bring different styles and different generations together to create suddenly different new iterations of particular musical styles

I was the executive producer of Berklee‘s jazz label for 10 years. Semi retired now, which just means I have more time for music!

Let me produce your next song. I have tons of contacts in the music business, including top players for whatever musical style you happen to write in.


Vocals; lead and harmony
Guitars; lead, rhythm, and lap steel
Keyboards, including iPhone apps
Electric Bass

In addition to my original material, my focus has been on Classic Rock, Motown, Country, Blues, Jazz, and Funk. Specialize in alternative tunings, finger-style & capo work.

Career Highlights
Working as an educator for 40 years, Kevin currently teaches at the Berklee College of Music and consults on issues of entrepreneurship and music business. He assisted in the
re-mix of Simon Townshend’s (lead guitar, The Who) CD, Among Us and has lead numerous workshops concerning radio, music marketing and career development. He has worked with Jonathan Edward’s label, Rising Records and Steve Burton of
Rounder Records. He has presented numerous seminars nation-wide, including the Folk Alliance and the NEMO Conference.

“Kevin is a dedicated music professional, and we look forward
to working with him again.”
Kimball Packard/Rising Records

Songwriter & Performer
Kevin has toured the Soviet Union and shared the stage with artists like Patty Larkin, Simon Townshend, Peter Wolf, Johnny Hoy & The Bluefish, the Swinging Steaks, and Livingston Taylor.

His CD, This Distant Light, featured Duke Levine, Ellis Paul, Vance Gilbert and Catie Curtis. Nominated for a Boston Music Award, the project
received national press and airplay at over 120 radio stations. His label, WaterBoat Music, recently inked a national distribution deal with Goldenrod/Horizon for Kevin’s
latest critically acclaimed release, Trust – featuring Kevin Barry, Mike Rivard, and Woody Giessmann.

“Keenly observed, intelligently crafted songwriting.”
Billboard Magazine

Presenter & Promoter
Kevin has booked numerous clubs in the Boston area, including O’Leary’s, which received significant local press due to his efforts. Performers in the venue include Paul Rishell, Don Conescenti, Cormac McCarthy, Lisa McCormick, Geoff Bartley and
Slaid Cleeves.

“...O’Leary’s bookings includes the leading singer-songwriters in Boston. ”
Steve Morse/ Boston Globe

Winner of the New England Broadcasting Award, Kevin has written and produced jingles, audio books and worked as a DJ and Music Director at WUMB-FM, a NPR folk
station in Boston, MA. He also created, hosted and produced the popular New England Coffeehouse Hour. Taped before a live audience at the Old Vienna Koffeehaus, the 12
one-hour shows featured Vance Gilbert, Ellis Paul, Tony Cuffe, Johnny Cunningham, The Mollys, Patty Larkin and other top folk artists.

“You are so affirming and encouraging to all of us...”
Kate Campbell/Grammy-nominated songwriter

Teaching & Industry Experience

The Berklee College of Music - Boston, MA
Associate Professor 9/95 – Present
Develop and teach classes with a focus on the music industry. Currently teach Harmony, Career Development, and Music Business Entrepreneurship. Author of the textbook, Make Music Your Day Job.

WUMB-FM 91.9 - Boston, MA
Music Director/Producer/DJ 11/94 - 9/95
As Music Director, managed staff, volunteers and all musical formats for NPR station. Developed, hosted and produced the New England Coffeehouse Hour, a musical variety
show featuring national and international artists. Worked various formats as DJ.

New England Performer Magazine - Boston, MA
Associate Editor/Reporter 6/93 - 6/95
Wrote monthly column and reviewed releases for largest regional industry publication. As Associate Editor, wrote features on Patty Larkin, Bill Morrissey, and Paula Cole. Covered trade shows, concerts and industry events.

The Improper Bostonian - Boston, MA
Wrote column for City Rave page on lesser-known but emerging musical artists.

Boston Business Journal - Boston, MA
Focused on stories concerning entrepreneurship.

Jamaica Plain Gazette - Boston, MA
Covered and reviewed local Boston musicians, entertainment and nightlife.

New England Broadcasting Award Boston Music Award
John Davidson Award for Poetry.

Screen name:
Kevin McCluskey
Member since:
Mar 12 2010
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
4-5 nights a week
Most available:


Career highlights include touring the former Soviet Union for 2 months and working with Liv Taylor, Patty Larkin, John Fahey, Vance Gilbert, Simon Townshend & Johnny Cunningham. Bruce Cockburn, The Beatles, Tom Paxton, David Crosby, traditional Irish music, Guy Clark and Lyle Lovett are some of his musical influences.

Instrument experience:

Background Singer:
Rhythm Guitar:
Lead Guitar:
Acoustic Guitar:
Bass Guitar:


Ovation Acoustic, Taylor acoustic, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, Parker Fly Guitar, Vintage National Lap Steels, Mesa Boogie Mark III Amp, Vintage Blackface Fender Collection, ART Amp guitar processing gear, PA system, mics, and accessories.