Ken Goldstein, aka Jack Dempsey, is an American singer-songwriter, musician, artist, actor and author from Illinois. He grew up in a small town twenty miles outside of Chicago, but was raised in the Maxwell Street Blues scene on the city's South Side and educated at the Old Town School of Folk Music on its North Side. His unique take on the Chicago sound of the 1970s has come to be known as “Dempsey Blues”. Prior to 2011, his music was primarily heard in television programs and films, and often under additional aliases. And then in 2011, under the direction of Jason Charles Miller and with guidance from mentor Billy Gibbons (of ZZ TOP), he recorded his first album, 24 Hour Rock Star. The album featured the piano and keyboard work of Christoph Bull (Disney Halls First & Grand) and included the songs One Kiss, The Stupidest Girl I Ever Did Love, and Ken’s homage to Maxwell Street, Suddenly. After 24 Hour Rock Star, he was invited to record his first solo record at Capitol Records in Hollywood. The album, entitled Dempsey Blues, is a collection of his early songs and includes How You Like Me Now, The LA Song, The Vegas Song, As Simple as That and What Chu Blame’n On Me featuring a duet with Ivan Neville and Ms. Brenda Lee Eager. In 2017 he will release his first solo acoustic album entitled Hello Breakdown under his given name.
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