Jesse Lee Kincaid began playing music at age 11 when his uncle, 12 string guitar player and folk legend Fred Gerlach, gave him his first guitar. At age 19 Kincaid drove his 1953 Pontiac on Route 66 from Hollywood to New York City to be a folksinger, going on to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he formed a folk music duo with Taj Mahal. In 1965 Jesse and Taj drove cross country from Detroit to Hollywood where they founded The Rising Sons, along with Jesse’s pal Ry Cooder. Their album, containing six Kincaid songs, was released on Columbia Records.
Jesse Lee Kincaid’s solo album “Brief Moments Full Measure”, released in 2014, contains a baker’s dozen songs written by Kincaid that range from the folky, funky “Little Rain”, with Taj Mahal on banjo and harmonica, to “Black Crow,” a country blues with Maria Muldaur singing, and Taj Mahal on banjo, to a touchingly sentimental “My Family,” again with Muldaur on harmony. Don Henley, of The Eagles, has recorded Kincaid’s song, “She Sang Hymns Out Of Tune” for his album release, “Cass County.”
In 2014, Kincaid’s memoir “Ibiza Chronicles” was published, documenting his times in the 1970s in Europe’s hip capitol on the Spanish Mediterranean island of Ibiza, performing in a rock and roll band and traveling to the ancient East on the road to India.