Kevin Welch




















Kevin Welch
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*Born in Long Beach California August 17th, 1955 *Traveled his little ass off till he was 7, family settled in Oklahoma. *Made it through high school, Midwest City High, and one semester of music school at *Central State, Edmond Oklahoma, joined a bluegrass band, dropped out of school, hit the road. *Met John Hadley, real songwriter for Tree International, who also taught art at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. Hadley was immediately critical of his guitar playing, which made him try harder just to get even. *Traveled a honkytonk curcuit for 5 years in a van and a truck named Phyllis in a band called New Rodeo and then a band called Blue Rose Cafe. Started thinking there might be another way to live. *Met Jennifer Patten, got married, moved to Nashville like Hadley said they should, started writing for Tree International. This is 1978. *Wrote for 10 years, got some cuts, started earning a living. Had 3 kids, Dustin, Savannah, and Ada. Jennifer and Kevin split up but still stayed such good friends that almost all future girlfriends of Kevin’s plus one shrink said that they are ‘still married’. The 3 kids got to ‘still have a Mom-and-a-Dad’. *Steve Earle made Guitar Town, and then Steve, Don Schlitz, Mark Germino and some other madmen suggested Kevin get a record deal. Paul Worley went over to Warner Bros. and got Kevin signed. Made 2 records, ‘Kevin Welch’ in 1990 and ‘Western Beat’ in 1992. Warner let Kevin do whatever he wanted. Then they let him out of the deal to be nice, and because they had already spent a fortune on him they were never ever ever gonna earn back. *Kieran Kane, Harry Stinson, Mike Henderson, Tammy Rogers, and Kevin drank so much vodka one night that they started their own label, Dead Reckoning Records. This was around 1994 or 95. They released 21 records over the next 7 years, toured individually and also together as a collective called A Night Of Reckoning (with Fats Kaplin and Allison Prestwood) through the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Europe, and Canada. They were really really good together, but then they all got tired and went home. *Except for Kevin. One evening while shaving in a broken mirror over the dishwasher’s sink in the freezing kitchen of a pub somewhere very far from home, he suddenly realized he was humming the tune to “There’s No Business Like Show Business”. *He still didn’t stop. *2000, Kevin and Kieran started traveling together with a 2 man show–2 guitars, 2 voices, and a bottle of Bushmills, or sometimes Jameson. They made a live record in Melbourne Australia called ’11/12/13' and kept on with it because it was so much fun and actually pretty good too. They went all over the place. *In the years 2000 and 2001 Kevin completed a record with his friends from Denmark, who everybody just calls The Danes. Kevin thinks it’s real damn good, but so far “Millionaire” has only been released in Scandinavia, the UK, and Australia. *As of this writing, Kevin resides in a chair in his office at home with a stiff neck, a warm iMac and a cold cup of coffee. He lives with his beautiful and talented girlfriend Claudia Scott and they don’t have one single pet.
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Average Rating : 4.4              Total Reviews: 7


Kevin Welch  01/13/2009            
Aj
Got to attend the Tribute show to Kevin Welch at Musicfest this year and was completely blown away. With my favorite band Reckless Kelly playing with him, I can honestly say I got goosebumps!That show was the highlight of my whole trip!:)
Kevin Welch  04/16/2006            
wtfisheratl
This collaboration between Kevin Welch and Kerian Kane produces some compelling music. Kerian's Bluegrass edge with Kevin's Americana delivery take Welch's music into some new, but inspired territory. Too bad this music is relegated to off channels on sattelite radio. The album is strond from front to back.
Kevin Welch  04/16/2006            
wtfisheratl
This collaboration between Kevin Welch and Kerian Kane produces some compelling music. Kerian's Bluegrass edge with Kevin's Americana delivery take Welch's music into some new, but inspired territory. Too bad this music is relegated to off channels on sattelite radio. The album is strong from front to back.
Kevin Welch  04/10/2004            
Gordy Thomas
Everyone connects with different people and different music for myriad reasons. For me, hearing Kevin in the round at the Bluebird on my first trip to Nashville in...1988?...1989?...was a defining moment in my evolution as a songwriter. At that moment I stopped trying to compete with others, and began exploring being myself in my music. Thanks Kevin. Thats one of the best gifts I've ever received.
Kevin Welch  04/02/2004            
jw
A well-traveled and graveled voice, a poet's observations and documentations, satisfying stories, and a skilled guitar player.
Kevin Welch  02/19/2004            
D. Scott
To me, Kevin Welch is true musician. He exhibits great passion and skill when he plays, and he seems to take just simple pleasure from playing, singing, and listening to music. I first saw Kevin last summer ('03), live at Gruene Hall. I was thoroughly impressed with his lyrics and guitar playing/picking ability. Last night, I saw Kevin perform at the Cactus Cafe with Ray Wyllie Hubbard and Jimmy LaFave. Not to discount the other two, but Kevin seemed to be the most versatile. His songs ranged from slow, soft and humble to powerful, cynical, and a touch of rockabilly. His guitar playing was almost as versatile. When he wasn't "up", he would listen to the others play, and he would start up an accompaniment on the fly. Of course, there is some trouble in paradise... my wife bought a CD, which we listened on the way home from the concert. And it wasn't nearly as good as Kevin sounded live. It had an over-engineered sound to it. He really shines when it's just him and his guitar, and all the slight imperfections that make a live show wonderfully unique.
Kevin Welch  10/19/2003            
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