Phil Kearney - Blue Z - Insect Politics
A Discography



Blue Z is
  • Phil Kearney (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion)
  • Eric Meisner (drums, percussion, zither, relic)
  • Robbie Jaramillo (guitar, vocals, bass)
  • Dan Jaramillo (bass, vocals, guitar)
Insect Politics is
  • Phil Kearney (vocals, guitar, keyboards, bass, percussion)
  • Eric Meisner (drums, percussion)
    This was a project where lyric writers submit their songs and Phil and Eric write the musical accompaniment.


In 1996 Matt Larsen, Danny Jaramillo, Eric Meisner, and Kris Steinwart were involved in a band project called Dunderhead. Kris left and Dunderhead brought in Billy Mabin for a little while. They did some rock, and then changed gears to a shortlived project called The Buckshot Boys, playing country music. Danny didn't like country music and quit, and the band ended. Matt was then recruited by a Wanted, a country band, to play bass.

In Spring 1997, old friend Phil Kearney moved back to Scottsbluff and started writing songs with Eric Meisner and Danny Jaramillo. Matt Larsen also contributed. Disputes between Danny and Phil led Danny to pursue other ventures. Matt concentrated his time with Wanted. In Summer of 1997, Wanted asked Eric Meisner to be their drummer temporarily. Even still, behind the scenes, Phil and Eric continued working on their songwriting project.

By the end of that summer, Eric and Phil's project got a name, "Blue Z" and an album's worth of songs. Danny and Phil tried to put aside their differences, later brought in Danny's older brother Robbie Jaramillo, and Blue Z was formed. Blue Z was a corroboration of talent to showcase Phil Kearney, Eric Meisner, and the others' songwriting and musical talent.

Blue Z released two full-length albums of original material, Heartland and Eve. Heartland is a folk-pop oriented album, while Eve focuses on a well-balanced mix of pop, rock, blues, and spiritual sound. Both CD's contain fun and serious music, the difference being Heartland's more amateurish and fun sound, versus a much more professional sound on Eve. Nonetheless, the talent of all the members shines through on both.

Blue Z split up fall of 1998. Danny and Robbie Jaramillo, Eric Meisner, and Matt Larsen formed "Super User" at the tail end of Blue Z's existence. Phil Kearney concentrated on a solo effort during this time.

In 2001, Eric Meisner and Phil Kearney formed the Insect Politics project. Also around this time, Phil got married. Him and Eric continued working on the Insect Politics project, along with Phil's wife. Many songs were written during this time.

Phil and his wife went their separate ways a year later, and Insect Politics fizzled within two.

Matt Larsen was married and gave up his full-time music career to concentrate on his family, although occasionally he would play with his friend Brian Lafler's band Sundust. Eric Meisner was married fall of 2004.

I have not heard anything from or about Phil Kearney since 2004.

This web site features the music of Phil Kearney and Blue Z from 1997 to 2002.

All links on this site are mp3 files you can download for your enjoyment. Right click and select SAVE AS



Blue Z: Heartland (1997)

[SND] Heartland
[SND] In Spirit Form
[SND] Need To Hear The Words
[SND] My Dark Desire   (lyrics by Phil Kearney and music by Matt Larsen and Phil Kearney)
[SND] Tania
[SND] Wingless Angel
[SND] Brianna
[SND] Jack The Ripper
[SND] Sunlight On The Sea
[SND] Petes Picture Show

[SND] Bonus - My Dark Desire (Brian's music-only edit)



Blue Z: Eve (1998)

[SND] Killing Me   (lyrics by Robbie Jaramillo, music by Phil Kearney, featuring Rob Druckenmiller)
[SND] Angel   (lyrics and music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Said To Me In Love Lyrics Here  (lyrics by Robbie Jaramillo, music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Dirtnap  See Live from 6/17/1998   (lyrics and music by Blue Z)
[SND] Moments Peace   (lyrics and music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Sale The Shor   (lyrics and music by Jasmin Dunn, Phil Kearney, and Robbie Jaramillo)
[SND] Right As Rain   (lyrics and music by Phil Kearney, Brian Lafler appears courtesy of Sundust Records)
[SND] Take   (lyrics by Robbie Jaramillo, music by Blue Z)
[SND] Never Had A Broken Heart   (lyrics and music by Randy Meisner and Phil Kearney)
[SND] The Whole World   (lyrics and music by Danny Jaramillo)
[SND] Without You With Me  See Live from 3/7/1998  (lyrics and music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Freaks Lyrics Here   (lyrics by Phil Kearney and Robbie Jaramillo, music by Phil Kearney)

[SND] Bonus - Freaks (DJ Brian's Remix)   (remixed by Brian Florence and Phil Kearney at Inventive Media)
[SND] Bonus - Freaks (DJ Brian's Instrumental Remix)   (remixed by Brian Florence and Phil Kearney at Inventive Media)
[SND] Bonus - Phil Kearney: Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me   (Cover)

Inspired by a Good Friend's Wedding (1998)

[SND] Flowers   (music and performance by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Flowers (Remastered)   newly digitally remastered copy

Covers (Performed June 4, 1998)

[SND] Knockin' On Heaven's Door   (Bob Dillon)

Insect Politics (2001-2002)

[SND] Sing A Song For You  (lyrics by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett ©1968 Third Story Music Inc., [BMI])
[SND] Song To The Siren  (lyrics by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett ©1968 Third Story Music Inc., [BMI])
[SND] (Hate To See The) Sun Go Down Lyrics Here  (lyrics by Anthony Tibbs, music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] As I Lay (Stranded) Lyrics Here  (words by Jason Sheets, music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Back Again Lyrics Here  (lyrics by Jason Sheets, music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Fan Letter Lyrics Here  (lyrics by Becki Plunkett, music by Eric Meisner and Phil Kearney)
[SND] More Lyrics Here  (lyrics and music by Phil Kearney)
[SND] Well Lyrics Here  (lyrics by Becki Plunkett, music by Eric Meisner and Phil Kearney)

[SND] Bonus - Back Again (DJ Brian's Music Only Remix)



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