Disco Drove Him to Art

Categories: 2022 May-June Issue, Landscape, McKenna, Kenny, and Oil.

Ask Oklahoma City-based oil painter Kenny McKenna what kick-started his career, and he will tell you, in all seriousness, that it was disco. “This is a true story,” he says with a laugh. “It sounds ridiculous, but it’s true. As much as I dislike disco, I can thank it for what I’m doing today for a living.”

It does sound ridiculous, and it is a true story. McKenna, an accomplished musician who has been playing in various bands since he was in junior high school, was living in Phoenix, Arizona, and playing six nights a week with a successful local band back in the 1970s when the disco era arrived. Disco was what the audience wanted; disco was what McKenna’s band played. And he hated it.

Read the full article in the May/June 2022 issue.

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