Troye Kinnett, John Mellencamp

Troye Kinnett keyboard player John Mellencamp

Troye Kinnett is an Indiana USA-based keyboard player, who aside from holding down keyboard duties with John Mellencamp for close to twenty years, has had a lengthy and varied career in production, live work and composition. We talk on all this and more with Troye, including some great road stories and perspectives on the music industry in changing times.

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab):  

Troye’s musical upbringing

Gaither Studios, Alexandria, Indiana USA

Static Shack, Indiana USA

John Cascella

Jimmy Ryser live at Farm Aid (with Troye on keyboards)

Sandi Patty – How We Love

Playing 8 gigs a week for a dinner theatre show

Will Rogers Follies – Favorite Son

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

Troye’s incredible 4-day Mellencamp deadline

Touring Australia with Mellencamp and Sheryl Crow, and that infamous song “I Need A Lover

Keeping things fresh setlist-wise on tour

Troye and John Mellencamp live at the Beacon Theatre New York, 2023

Working on John Mellencamp’s albums

John Mellencamp – Gone So Soon

David Leonard – Record Producer

John Mellencamp and Bruce Springsteen – Wasted Days

Troye’s perspective on John Mellencamp’s output over past 15 years

Troye performing with Keith Urban and John Mellencamp – Pink Houses

Being band leader of 500 musicians at 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 – the Rock-IN-Roar 500

Stephen King performing with The Rock Bottom Remainders

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County – Trailer

Advertising / TV work

Troye in action with The Nauti Yachtys Band

Troye’s go-to keyboards

Tag a Keyboard Player: Bobby Sparks II 

Desert Island Discs: 1984 – Van Halen, Leftoverture – Kansas, Honky Chateau – Elton John, Big Generator – Yes, A Decade of Steely Dan – Steely Dan

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