Cindy Kalmenson

Winner Best Musical Group of Ojai 2013 
Cindy Kalmenson and the Lucky Ducks
★Winner best song West Coast Songwriting Associations    2010 Alabama Bliss 2010
★I’m Not Leaving scores a 10 out of 10 with Folkwax online magazine
I’m Not Leaving Song of the Year nominee in LA music awards
 I’m Not Leaving Record of the YEar nominee for LA music awards
1st place Winner of the International Songwriting Contest for best country song: 2003
One Earth finalist in USA songwriting competition
Spotlight artist in the Performing Songwriter Magazine Dec. 2003
1st place Winner of the 2002 Chris Austin song writing contest at Merlefest
3rd place Winner of the 2002 Chris Austin song writing contest at Merlefest
1st place Winner of South Florida Folk Festival Song Contest '03 for best Up Tempo song:
1st place Winner for best Americana song for Hobo Rock Star by Just Plain Folks 2002
A finalist at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival and Falcon ridge folk festival songwriter showcases 
DIY pick for Witness (CD) in Jan '03 issue of Performing Songwriter
DIY pick for Let Me Out Here (CD) Sept. ‘98 issue of Performing Songwriter
Witness(CD) top 10 CDs of '02 by the Santa Monica Mirror and Folkwax best of 
Witness (CD) wins 3rd place for best americana record of '02 by Just Plain Folks

Cindy plays festivals and house concerts across the country
Catch CIndy and the Lucky Ducks in Ojai every Wednesday night!

Robert Oermann of Music Row Magazine

Dave Pomeroy’s production of Cindy’s CD is terrific, since he surrounded her with some of Music City’s session best.

—This breezy bopper (the title track) is propelled by a rolling rhythm track. Her feathery, likable delivery is backed by dobro tickling by Rob Ickes and a harmony vocal by the equally esteemed Jon Randall. Very ear opening and very, very good.

FolkWax gives I'm Not Leaving a 10
“Cindy Kalmenson knows how to tell stories, whether they be lighthearted or sad, serious or funny, ballad or up-tempo. She's got a few of each on her latest release, I'm Not Leaving. As a singer, Kalmenson has a gift for storytelling and phrasing well suited to the stories she writes. She sings in a light yet powerful soprano that reminds a bit of FolkWax favorite and artist of the year Gretchen Peters. “

Nashville Scene

"...Kalmenson, founder and host of the long-running Girls With Guitars songwriter nights, can write a strong hook and clothe it in rich, fresh storytelling. Plus she sings with a pleasing combination of delicate sensuality and sung-spoken rock attitude that lands somewhere on the slightly softer side of Kathleen Edwards or Sheryl Crow. Her songs benefit from the touch of bass master Dave Pomeroy (who co-produced the album with her), Dobro wizard Rob Ickes and guitar talent Pat Bergeson.”

Sing Out Magazine
“...Listening to Cindy’s CD will draw you alternately in with the innocence or defiance in her voice that belies her conviction for the way she views life, whether it be about relationships, the environment or social consciousness- “KE


                                                                  Dirty Linen Magazine

Cindy Kalmenson is a singer/songwriter whose work will sound good to those who love either country music or folk music.  She's a storyteller with a knack for both genres.  Country fans will laugh and dance along to "80 Proof" and "Precious Things," while those who like folk will enjoy the family story Kalmenson tells in "Land of the Free" and the story of her own experiences she offers in "My Life."  But there's really no need for such divisions; the whole album is filled with good songs, memorable hooks, and stories worth the telling.  Top Nashville bass player Dave Pomeroy co-produced the recording with Kalmenson, and her well chosen guest list includes jon Randall on backing vocals and John Hobbs on keyboards.