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Scott Kempner

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  • Years Active: 1990s, 2000s


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Scott Kempner, the erstwhile guitarist for the New York-based proto-punk outfit the Dictators and former frontman of the Del Lords (Kempner's primary band for pretty much all of the '80s), continued making music well into the '90s and 2000s as a member of bands like the Little Kings and the Paradise Brothers, and as a solo artist. Kempner's first solo album, Tenement Angels, was released in 1992 on Razor & Tie (which at that point, incidentally, was practically in its infancy, having formed only two years previously); he was joined by Springfield, MO-based roots rockers the Skeletons for that release. Kempner essentially dedicated the next 15 years to working with the Little Kings and, later, the Paradise Brothers, but he didn't give up his solo work. His second solo album, a rollicking roots rock affair entitled Saving Grace, was released in 2008.