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 Music Biography

          Bill Kurzenberger is a dynamic keyboardist/guitarist/singer/songwriter from Columbus, Ohio.  An established yet emerging solo artist, Bill also plays keyboards and sings with the Bug Hounds, Terrapin Moon, and Resonation.  Kurzenberger's original sound combines creative storytelling with elements of Americana, rock, and the blues.  RESONATE,
Kurzenberger's third studio album, was released in May 2015.

          Over the past fifteen years, Bill has performed at many of Ohio's premier venues including Promowest's LC Pavilion, the House of Blues, the Newport Music Hall, the Beachland Ballroom, the Winchester Music Hall, and Legend Valley.  With various bands, he has supported and shared the stage with renowned artists such as the Marshall Tucker Band, Willie Nelson, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks Band, Hot Tuna, Blues Traveler, Yonder Mountain String Band, Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band.
          Bill was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where he learned to play piano at an early age.  While attending Ohio Wesleyan University in the early 1990's, he played in his first bands - Lava and Abra Cadaver.  As his songwriting developed, he formed the Columbus-based band Melting Pot in 1994.  After playing acoustic and electric guitar for several years at open stages around Columbus, Bill found his true calling to be back on the keyboards.   He proceeded to play keyboards in a number of established Columbus-based bands including STATION, Sugar Pill, Current, Wazzin', the Ritchey Brothers Band, John Mullins Band, Grasshopper Pie, Fuzz Logik, Stone Groove, the Bug Hounds, KrisB's Midnight Railroad, and Dayton-based Skeleton Crew and Terrapin Moon. Bill has also appeared onstage as a guest keyboardist with various acts including Local Color, Jim Miller Band, the Rumpke Mountain Boys, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk, and ekoostik Hookah.

          In addition to playing with numerous bands, Bill is an established yet emerging solo artist.  In 2005, Bill self-produced and released his debut CD entitled Suspending Disbelief .  The album showcases six songs selected from over a decade of original material, backed by Ed Ritchey, Scott Maruskin, Scot Gassen, Julie Rearick and Craig Harpley.  Kurzenberger released his second studio album Solitary Road in 2010.  A studio representation of Bill's live solo performances, Solitary Road  also includes the eighteen-minute instrumental opus "Tabula Rasa".  Both albums have received regional and international airplay and are available on Apple iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and in central Ohio music stores including the Local Music Shelf.

          After the success of the Suspending Disbelief  CD, Bill formed The Resonators in 2007 to support his original material.   The Resonators have featured Bill's past and present bandmates as well as Julie Kurzenberger, and special guests including Richard Shack from The James Gang.  The Resonators evolved into "Bill Kurzenberger's Resonation" in 2013 as an all-star jam vehicle performing at various music festivals.

          As a session musician, Bill has recorded several studio sessions with world-renowned garage-psych masters The Marshmallow Overcoat and their alter-ego Thee Hands of Tyme.  They released a '45 vinyl record on Sound Effect Records in 2005 which has gained critical acclaim in Greece.  The Marshmallow Overcoat's 2008 CD The Light Show, which features Bill on Farfisa organ, was recorded at Waterworks Studio in Tucson, Arizona and released on Garage Nation Records. Some of these tracks are also included on the Overcoat's recently-released box set and "Very Best Of" vinyl record set.  In 2016, Kurzenberger performed live with the Marshmallow Overcoat for their 30th anniversary performance in Tucson, Arizona.

          Kurzenberger has received national media recognition in several music magazines.  He was featured in the February 2007 issue of Los Angeles-based No Cover Magazine.  In September 2011, Bill was featured in Relix Magazine as an artist "On the Rise", and his original song "Venom Wine" was included in the Relix compilation CD.  A second feature followed in 2015 with the release of Kurzenberger's third album.

          In June of 2012, Kurzenberger was voted "Best Male Vocalist" by the 2012 Columbus Music Awards, and also received the second place award for "Best Singer/Songwriter".

         Kurzenberger's third album, RESONATE, was released in May of 2015. It features new recordings of nine of Kurzenberger's original songs, recorded at the Recording Workshop with the Bug Hounds, KrisB's Midnight Railroad, Eric Ransom and Lou Schocken. RESONATE  is available on CDBaby, Amazon and Apple iTunes.  

         In 2017, Kurzenberger continues to perform around Ohio and the Midwest as a solo artist, and with the Bug Hounds, Terrapin Moon, and Resonation, in addition to recording new tracks for his fourth and fifth forthcoming studio albums.  

Press Coverage

Press and News Articles            Press Quotes

Newswire, New York City, New York
Bill Kurzenberger To Release Third Album 'RESONATE' in May
April 9, 2015

Top40-Charts, New York City, New York
Bill Kurzenberger Voted Best Male Vocalist By The Columbus Music Awards

June 27, 2012 via Yahoo News

Ohio Groove, Cincinnati, Ohio
Bill Kurzenberger Voted Best Male Vocalist & ekoostik Hookah Best Rock Band By The Columbus Music Awards

June 20, 2012 by Scott Preston

ThisWeek Community Newspaper, Clintonville, Ohio
Clintonville Musician Recognized With Award

July 12, 2012 by Kevin Parks

Relix Magazine, New York City, New York
September 2011

Relix CD Compilation - September 2011

On the Rise - Bill Kurzenberger

The Patriot News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

MMC 16: Carley's Ristorante & Piano Bar features the Americana stylings of Bill Kurzenberger

February 2, 2012 by Erin Snyder

ThisWeek Community Newspaper, Clintonville, Ohio

Pianist Goes Solo on 'Solitary Road' CD

June 30, 2010 by Kevin Parks

Pianist Goes Solo On 'Solitary Road' CD


The Other Paper, Columbus, Ohio

December 17, 2010 by John Petric

Major Minor: Albums You May Have Missed

The Other Paper - Albums you may have missed

Altoona Mirror Newspaper, Altoona, Pennsylvania

February 25, 2010 by Jim Price

Millennium Music Conference, Day Two 2/20 


CityBeat Magazine, Cincinnati, Ohio
September 10, 2008 by Brian Baker

MidPoint Music Festival: Saturday Sept. 27 

No Cover Magazine, Los Angeles, California

January 2007

Artist Spotlight - Bill Kurzenberger


Song List / Repertoire



The Bug Hounds

Terrapin Moon  (Dayton, Ohio)
Bill K's Resonation
(formerly The Resonators)

The Marshmallow Overcoat (Tucson, Arizona)

The Maui Pranksters
(Maui, Hawaii)

Previous projects: 

What Goes Around
KrisB's Midnight Railroad
Skeleton Crew

Stone Groove
Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk
John Mullins Band
Fuzz Logik
Grasshopper Pie
Ritchey Brothers Band
Sugar Pill
Melting Pot
Bands that Bill has supported and shared the stage with:


Websites that feature Bill Kurzenberger's music:
Bill Kurzenberger on CDBaby

Apple iTunes



No Cover Magazine

Relix Magazine


Bill Kurzenberger on Facebook