Kurt Neumann (musician)

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Kurt Neumann
Kurt Neumann (right) in 1988
Background information
Birth nameKurt Robert Neumann
Born (1961-10-09) 9 October 1961 (age 58)
Milwaukee, WI
GenresRoots rock, heartland rock, alternative rock
Occupation(s)Singer, guitarist, songwriter

Kurt Robert Neumann (born October 9, 1961)[1] is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter.[2] He is a co-founder of the roots-rock band BoDeans.[2][3]


Neumann co-founded BoDeans in Wisconsin in the 1980s.[4][3] The band's style encompasses multiple rock genres, including roots rock,[2] heartland rock,[5] and alternative rock.[6] In January 1987, a Rolling Stone reader poll voted BoDeans the Best New American Band.[7] The band's biggest hit to date is "Closer to Free",[8] which was used as the theme song to the hit TV series Party of Five.[9][10] BoDeans has a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.[11] Neumann's introspective songwriting and unique guitar playing style added significantly to the band's sound.[citation needed] Some BoDeans albums, including 2004's "Resolution", 2010's "Mr. Sad Clown", and 2011's "Indigo Dreams", have been produced and recorded by Neumann.[citation needed]

Neumann also has contributed guitar and guest vocals to several albums, most notably Robbie Robertson's debut album in 1987, Good Evening by Marshall Crenshaw in 1989, and Flyer by Nanci Griffith in 1994.[citation needed]

In 1997, Neumann recorded a cover of Bruce Springsteen's "Atlantic City" for the compilation One Step Up/Two Steps Back: The Songs of Bruce Springsteen.[12]

In 2000, Neumann released a solo album entitled Shy Dog.[13][14] The album's sound is influenced by genres such as modern rock, funk, and hip-hop. Neumann played all the instruments on the album.[citation needed]

In 2005, Neumann provided the soundtrack for the movie The Godfather of Green Bay.[citation needed]

Neumann builds and plays custom "Bastard" guitars, which are made from unique parts from other guitars and feature hand-painted tung oil finishes. The guitars are mostly built in the form of Stratocasters, but have rear-routed bodies.[15]


  • Shy Dog (2000)


  1. ^ "BoDeans timeline: Important dates in the band's history". May 26, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c Wardlaw, Matt. "He Can't Stop: Bodeans' Frontman Talks About the Band's 30-Year History". Cleveland Scene.
  3. ^ a b https://www.jsonline.com/story/entertainment/music/2018/06/21/videos-sources-undercut-molestation-denials-former-bodeans-singer-sam-llanas/710167002/
  4. ^ Legge, Ed. "Wisconsin's own BoDeans to perform at Dells' Palace Theater". Wiscnews.com.
  5. ^ "The BoDeans' Heartland Rock". June 6, 1986 – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  6. ^ Adams, Sean (September 26, 2012). "Roots and alternative rock group BoDeans to perform at Whitaker Center". pennlive.com.
  7. ^ Rohde, Marie (2007-10-28). "BoDeans search for a way back to the top". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved 2009-05-11.
  8. ^ Atashian, John (September 19, 2018). "Concert Connection: BoDeans coming to Infinity Hall Hartford". The Middletown Press.
  9. ^ Smith, J. Sharpe (2008-08-04). "And the BoDeans played on ... and on". The Post Crescent. Gannett News Service. pp. D-6. Retrieved 2008-08-05.
  10. ^ "BoDeans provide the theme song for Party of Five". EW.com.
  11. ^ Desk, BWW News. "Hennepin Theatre Trust to Welcome Wisconsin-Based Rock Band BODEANS". Retrieved 2017-09-19.
  12. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Atlantic-City-Kurt-Neumann/dp/B000002UOI
  13. ^ "Shy Dog - Kurt Neumann | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic.
  14. ^ Sculley, Alan. "BoDeans soldier on after loss of singer". NUVO.
  15. ^ News, Kurt Neumann 2012-08-16T13:27:15Z. "Kurt Neumann of The BoDeans: Master 'Bastard' Guitar Builder". guitarworld.

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