KEVIN BOWE | ROOTS-ROCK

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Kevin's dry wit and command of his stage and audience only add to the rootsy, raw musical experience. He's the real deal.

somewhere between Tom Petty and Band Of Horses. It begs repeated listenings, becoming more embracing with each hearing. These songs sound like they’ve been circling around in the ethos indefinitely and Bowe has successfully lasso’d them down to earth. In a word, outstanding.
— No Depression (on 2012 release, Natchez Trace)
Masterful, personal and reflective, “My Favorite Pain” is simply one of the best songs of the year and sure to give you goosebumps.
— - Karl Leslie, No Depression (on 2012 release, Natchez Trace)

BIO

Kevin Bowe is a singer/songwriter/producer/guitarist who got his start in the Minneapolis music scene that spawned Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du in the early 1980’s. After spending that decade in various punk and roots bands, he caught a break, meeting uberproducer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Head Todd). Kevin began writing for other artists. His first cut ("Riverside" on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Warner Bros. debut "Ledbetter Heights") went platinum and led to a major publishing deal. Kevin became the first writer signed by legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in over twenty years. 

On a typically sub zero February night in Fargo, Kevin had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time sharing a stage with a 13 year old blues prodigy named "Kid" Jonny Lang. One sound check was all it took and they became friends and writing partners. When he invited Lang to Minneapolis they hooked up with David Z and the combination resulted in two platinum albums on A&M Records, including the top 5 single/video "Breakin’ Me". Word got out about Kevin’s writing leading to collaborations with Leo Kottke, Robben Ford, The Rembrandts, Paul Westerberg, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Richie Sambora, Chuck Prophet, John Mayall, Three Dog Night and Delbert McClinton. 

You can take the punk out of Minneapolis but.... whatever. In 2005 Kevin (to the dismay of thousands of other more gifted guitarists) became the guitarist for Paul Westerberg & His Only Friends on their US tour. 


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