Kevin Welch was born in Long Beach, California, August 17th, 1955. He traveled his little ass off till he was 7, when his family settled in Oklahoma. Kevin 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, and hit the road.
Later, Kevin 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 Kevin's guitar playing, which made him try harder, just to get even. He traveled a honky-tonk circuit 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. He then started thinking there might be another way to live.
In 1978, Kevin met Jennifer Patten, got married, moved to Nashville like Hadley said they should, started writing for Tree International. There he wrote for 10 years, got some cuts, started earning a living. He had 3 kids, Dustin, Savannah, and Ada. Jennifer and Kevin split up but still stayed good friends. The 3 kids got to 'still have a Mom-and-a-Dad'.
Steve Earle made Guitar Town in 1986, 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. He made 2 records, Kevin Welch in 1990 and Western Beat in 1992.
In 1994 or ' 95, Kieran Kane, Harry Stinson, Mike Henderson, Tammy Rogers, and Kevin started their own label, Dead Reckoning Records. 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.
In 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.
Kevin completed a record with his friends from Denmark, who everybody just calls The Danes, in 2000 and 2001. Kevin thinks it's real damn good. Then, in 2004, Kevin, Kieran and Fats made a three-man record with no bass or drums, along with a companion record with their friend David Francey, the Scottish/Canadian ass-kicking poet and singer. They toured all over the place some more.
Kane Welch Kaplin made two more records, Lost John Dean, which bumped Bruce Springsteen out of number one, and Kane Welch Kaplin, which made it to number three but could not budge Steve Earle or Alison Krause/Robert Plant. Kane Welch Kaplin were nominated for Duo/Group of the year in 2007 and again in 2008. They had a peaceful feeling when they lost to the likes of Alison and Robert. What the hell.
Kevin now resides in a log cabin in some woods outside of Austin, Texas, and is getting ready to hit the road behind a brand new record called A Patch Of Blue Sky.
For additional information about Kevin, go to kevinwelch.com.