In the wake of rave reviews for his latest album, Natchez Trace, Kevin Bowe is hitting the road for a national tour and showcases at SXSW, where he’ll also perform sets with Gary Louris of the Jayhawks and Freedy Johnston. His brand new video is out now for “Never Don’t Stay” – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHmLXtkRXIs
As a songwriter whose songs have been featured on Grammy winning albums and earned him a few platinum records, the fruits of Kevin Bowe’s labors are often given to other performers, but not this time. Natchez Trace is a personal compendium of rock, country and folk tunes that reflect his worldview and when it came time to record them, he did not mess around. Bowe invited friends including Nels Cline (Wilco), Scarlett Rivera of Bob Dylan’s band, Chris and Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Freedy Johnston, Chuck Prophet and Tim O’Reagan of the Jayhawks to participate, among others.
He collaborated with Paul Westerberg for “Everybody Lies”, one of the album’s highlights, it is now available on Rollingstone.com here: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/everybody-lies-by-kevin-bowe-featuring-paul-westerberg-free-mp3-20120928
After the release, Kevin and Prophets drummer Pete Anderson joined Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson in the studio to record 4 cover songs for the album to benefit Mats guitarist Slim Dunlop and offset his medical costs. It was the first time they’d recorded since 2006 and the story was picked up by Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Paste, Stereogum, SPIN, Pollstar, AV Club and dozens of others. The album went on to raise over 100,000.00 for Dunlop.
Growing up in the ‘80s Minneapolis scene that produced Prince, Husker Du and The Replacements was a heady time, and Bowe played in several local punk bands before meeting uber-producer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Head Todd). He began writing for other artists – his first cut “Riverside” on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Warner Brothers debut Ledbetter Heights went platinum and led to a publishing deal. He became the first new writer signed by legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in over twenty years. He went on to write for Jonny Lang on two platinum albums on A&M which led to songwriting collaborations with Leo Kottke, Robben Ford, Paul Westerberg (and the lead guitar spot in his band), Dan Wilson of Semisonic, Chuck Prophet, John Mayall and Delbert McClinton among others. Hooking up with Etta James was a career highlight, Bowe wrote four songs on her Grammy-winning album, Let’s Roll.
Kevin’s songs have been featured in The Sopranos, The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, Boston Public, Austin City Limits, ESPN, VH1, CMT and MTV. He recently signed with Little Brother Publishing, run by former Bug Music exec Eddie Gomez.
March 12 Kansas City, MO Czar Bar
March 13 Oklahoma City, OK Blue Door
March 15 Austin, TX SXSW – Blurt Party – Gingerman Pub 12:45pm
March 15 Austin, TX SXSW – Green Room Showcase at TenOak 11pm
March 21 St. Paul, MN The Amsterdam
March 22 Springfield, IL Hooglund Center
March 23 Newport, KY Southgate House
March 25 Cambridge, MA Club Passim
March 26 New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
March 27 Brooklyn, NY Rock Shop
March 28 Asbury Park, NJ The Saint
March 29 Pittsburgh, PA Club Cafe’
March 30 Chicago, IL Wise Fools Pub
For more information visit: www.kevinbowe.com and