Kirby Hammel

I will elevate your songs!

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**Consider me your affordable Benmont Tench | Leon Russell | Booker T. Jones | Pinetop Perkins | Nicky Hopkins**

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http://kirbyleehammel.com/

SONGS I'VE PLAYED ON:
https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3gdVglrKUHeftI4S8ss0Dx?si=GzYvqgp3Q3i9v3Mt9zZ9yw

-Lots of experience - I've toured US, Europe, Canada and have played in major studios in SF/LA as well as many home studios and basements!

-Comfortable in Blues, Folk, Funk, Soul, Country, Rock, Hip-Hop, Singer-Songwriter

--No ego, I just want to play what's best for the song and what the artist wants. Lots of studio experience in many styles. I take direction well and look forward to working with you! I'm very comfortable supporting a songwriter and "quiet" music as well as ripping some RnR keys and organ. I have a great sounding MotionSound amp with a real horn for killer ORGAN tones! I've also recorded synths, strings, vocals, melodica, and many other sounds from my home studio.

I've played and/or shared the stage with: Mark Kozelek, Steve Shelley, Will Oldham, Tony Saunders, Jennifer Hartswick, Miles Schon, Trampled by Turtles, Grahame Lesh, Scott Law, Lee Gallagher, Leon Russell, Nicki Lane, Doobie Brothers, the Tubes, Asleep at the Wheel.

I teach Blues and Rock n Roll piano to students of all ages.

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

21 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

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  1. Review by Matt S.
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    Very quick turnaround per projected timelines. Very kind and willing to make alternative takes per my input after initial takes were provided. I will be using Kirby again on future projects if he is available.

  2. Review by Brian L.
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    I was looking for some throw back country keys and Kirby delivered exactly what I had in mind. He provided many alternate takes which gave me plenty of options for takes and comps. Super good!

  3. Review by Joe E.
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    Kirby is a pro - he knew exactly what I wanted especially after giving him reference artists and styles. Looking forward to working with him again.

  4. Review by Nick H.
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    Kirby is outstanding. Exceptional feel on the keys, easy to work with, fine tuned all of our revision requests, and had a quick turn around time. Will definitely work with again!

  5. Review by Julia D.
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    Awesome piano, really professional, great communication and fast! Thanks a lot!

  6. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby is so great and always delivers wonderful piano and organ tracks for many different styles. Easy to work with and willing to do whatever the song needs.

  7. Review by J.D.
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    Excellent musician! Really happy with the result!

  8. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby is so awesome on piano and organ. Really knows how to fit his tracks into the song style. Love working with him.

  9. Review by joe h.
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    Thanks Kirby!

  10. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby is a truly gifted keyboard player. It is a joy to work with him. We have done about 20 songs together and every one is a keeper.

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    Kirby is so dependable. Always provides great tracks in every style. Great to work with.

  12. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby has played on so many of our songs and all of his work is exceptional. We're starting another song. You should too.

  13. Review by earlrobbins
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    I love the way Kirby's playing drives the tempo of the song. He is really good at playing but also at feeling what the songs need.

  14. Review by Mike Vermeil
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    Great job - great organ tones as well!

  15. Review by Aaron R.
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    Very professional
    And talented
    He was able to take my idea and helped me create something beautiful.

  16. Review by earlrobbins
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    Wow! Kirby really nailed this one with a Jerry Lee Lewis honky tonk piano track that made this song rock. Thank you Kirby.

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    Kirby is so reliable for great piano tracks in a very short time. Love working with him.

  18. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby continues to deliver great piano tracks that make my songs so much better. He understands what the songs need and works quickly to provide wonderful complimentary piano that fits perfectly. Bravo!!!!

  19. Review by earlrobbins
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    Love working with Kirby. He gets what the songs need and provides us with tracks that really make the songs better. Highly recommend Kirby.

  20. Review by Finn
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    Kirby is a great pianist. He sent me multiple practice recordings first whilst we chipped away at the part I wanted for the song, and then when it was ready, he went into the studio and recorded it on a grand. I'd highly recommend him, and next time I need a pianist I will come back to him too.

  21. Review by earlrobbins
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    Kirby did such a great job in a very short time. We have done two songs together and both were done in the style we requested and we are very pleased with the outcome. Thanks Kirby!!! I highly recommend Kirby.

GenresSounds Like
  • Benmont Tench
  • Booker T. Jones
  • Leon Russell
Gear Highlights
  • Roland RD-300nx - Motion Sound Amp for killer organ tones - Telefunken mics
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