"Koren’s voice suffuses this country-but-not-so-country blues-rock with a rare soulfulness. Every track has something going for it, be it a strong lyric, a driving rhythm, a memorable melodic hitch, or plaintive guitars. And Koren sings it all with...
"Koren’s voice suffuses this country-but-not-so-country blues-rock with a rare soulfulness. Every track has something going for it, be it a strong lyric, a driving rhythm, a memorable melodic hitch, or plaintive guitars. And Koren sings it all with seasoned charm and conviction. The whole package is a welcome local surprise from a Hamilton singer who deserves much play. Never Said Goodbye, I Love, and Melbourne Jam are highlights". Jeff Mahoney of The Hamilton Spectator
"So why do people go out and buy Carrie Underwood records when they can listen to people like Kim Koren in their own back yard? This Dundas-born country rocker has a voice that could melt butter. She writes with Stevie Nicks’ power, and her band, Punchbuggy Yellow, kicks butt!". Graham Rockingham of The Hamilton Spectator
Since the release of "Sun Went Down"in 2007, Kim has performed shows in New York City, London and Liverpool Eng., France, Slovenia, and Croatia.
In Canada, she has opened for and sang with Tom Wilson and Barney Bentall, shared stages with Harrison Kennedy, Steve Earle, Melissa McClelland, Kelly Jay, Blair Packham, Tim Gibbons, Country Joe McDonald, Bob Lanois, Rob Lamothe, Tomi Swick, Treassa Lavasseur Mike Trebilcock, Garnet Rogers, Mary Simon, Lisa Winn, Joe Sumner of Fiction Plane, and showcased at Toronto's Hard Rock Cafe for Canadian Music Week, and the Dakota Tavern for NXNE. For CBC Radio's "GO", Kim was invited to write a song about Hamilton. She wrote and performed "Hammertown", which was broadcast live across Canada, and songs from "Sun Went Down" have been played on Sounds Like Canada, Daybreak Alberta, Fresh Air, and Saskatoon Weekend. Kim's has written songs for "Design Hope", a charitable organization raising money for the homeless of Hamilton, which have been played across Canada on CBC Radio 1. She has been a featured guest on CFRB's Rock Talk, and performed live on 820 CHAM, C101.5, and 93.3 CFMU. In Europe, her music has received airplay in Slovenian radio Capris, and Belgian radio Goldenflash. Kim was nominated for three Hamilton Music Awards in 2007 for Female Artist, Alt-Country Recording, and Female Vocalist of the Year. Her debut cd "Simple" released under the name of Punchbuggy Yellow has been played on country radio stations across Ontario, and on CBC Radio 3 Breaking New Sound.
In addition to playing indoor venues such as the Downtown Arts Centre, Hamilton Place Studio Theatre and The Lincoln Alexander Centre, Kim has been a staple on the Ontario Festival circuit, ranging from the Festival of Friends, and Burlington's Streetfest, to the Junction Arts Festival and Punchbuggy 4 Sickkids in Dundas Square, Toronto. To date, Kim Koren has released two self-produced albums. The first in 2003, titled "Simple" under the name of Punchbuggy Yellow, and the second in 2007, titled "Sun Went Down". Kim is currently in the first stages of working on her third album to be released the spring of 2010