with Barton and Long opening
Saturday, June 8, 2013
The Coffeehouse welcomes back one of our favorite singer-songwriters,
Kevin Welch. This concert will also be a celebration of the life of Pat Long, Kevin's friend and bandmate in The Blue Rose Cafe. "You can call his latest
(CD) alt-country, or even roots rock if you want to, but ultimately it's the sound of a sharp, skilled songsmith reaching deep
inside himself and pulling out what's most essential, for all of the rest of us to absorb."
- Jim Allen, Live Wire Music Blog
Kevin Welch grew up in Oklahoma, performing in local clubs. Singers like Soloman Burke, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood and Linda Ronstadt were using his material. His popularity grew, and in 1988 he signed a record contract with Warner Brothers, releasing the album Kevin Welch in 1990 and Western Beat two years later. Both albums received rave reviews. In 2004 Welch teamed up with fellow Dead Reckoning artists Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin to produce You Can’t Save Everybody. The trio followed this up with Lost John Dean in 2006, to general acclaim. Lost John Dean reached number one on the Americana charts, and resulted in nominations for several awards including Best Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards. The group traveled to Australia 10 times, as well as Europe, the UK, Canada, and all over the United States. In the spring of 2008, Welch left Nashville for the hills outside of Austin, Texas. In early 2010 he joined with friends and colleagues Jimmy LaFave, Sam Baker, and Slaid Cleaves at the start-up (and up-start) label Music Road Records where he self-produced his first solo record in 8 years, A Patch of Blue Sky. Welch tours often, and when he is off the road, he teaches songwriting workshops at his home in Wimberely, Texas. Welch's daughter Savannah is a member of the award winning band The Trishas, and his son, Dustin Welch, is a noted musician in his own right.