Kinzel and Hyde
by Claes Almroth
Kinzel and Hyde are a powerhouse duo whether playing acoustic or electric.
The duo has held down a steady gig (in addition to their many other
club and festival gigs) on Thursday nights at The Steinhaus (2366 SE
82nd) for well over a year.
On a recent rainy Thursday evening, this writer checked out their show.
On this particular night, they were joined by some fellow travelers.
Johnny DiMartino was on drums, Sam Schlosser was on electric bass and
David Moore was sitting in on piano. Kinzel and Hyde are very supportive
of other players and like to give fellow musicians opportunities to
Portland native Stu Kinzel plays guitar and is very adept at fingerpicked
country blues, slide guitar and jazzy electric guitar stylings. He
is also a fine vocalist. Lynne Anne Hyde plays acoustic and electric
harmonica, drawing from both the southern and Chicago traditions. Don’t
let her diminutive size fool you. She can play like the big boys and
better than most of them. She is one of a handful of women harmonica
players in the world to have earned a Hohner Harmonica endorsement.
Hyde is also a powerful vocalist. Recently, she has added the button
accordion to her bag of tricks.
Kinzel and Hyde have performed together for nearly ten years
now. They released four CDs to date and a fifth acoustic album is in
Unlike their earlier self-produced/self-released recordings, the new
album will be under the direction of an outside producer and released
on Blue Heron Records.
Their discs are sold on their website (www.kinzelandhyde.com)
and are also available through CD Baby. Their first four CDs have garnered
critical acclaim both nationally and internationally in the blues and
mainstream press. The recordings have sold well and received airplay
throughout the worldwide blues community. All of the albums include
both original and traditional songs. Hyde says she is drawn more and
more to performing and recording self-penned material.
Visit their website where song samples are available for downloading
or streamed audio. A calendar of upcoming gigs is also included and
more extensive biographical information.
Kinzel and Hyde are also very active promoters of music and musicians,
lending their time and energy to Blues in Schools, Ethos and other
The Steinhaus, where you will find Kinzel & Hyde every Thursday
night, is home to prominent Portland blues artists weeknights and classic
rock bands on the weekends. The Steinhaus has operated for well over
50 years. The atmosphere is friendly and the food and drinks are good
and very reasonably priced. And, there is no cover charge for the entertainment.
The Steinhaus is open from 11-2:30 a.m. seven days a week.