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NEW for 2006!! Kevin, Kieran and Fats have come together again in a collaboration that rivals the brilliant You Can’t Save Everybody, which hit #1 on the Americana charts. Their newest release, out May 9, is Lost John Dean. Once again, Kieran and Kevin trade off tunes while Fats enriches the mix with electric and acoustic guitars, oud, fiddle, accordion, and pedal steel. The eleven new tracks include some you may have seen the guys performing live, like Kevin’s “Satan’s Paradise” and “Clean Getaway” or Kieran’s “Monkey Jump.
It’s due out May 9 (despite what Amazon says on their site). Order it now!!
Kevin Welch’s participation in last year’s Blue Rose Cafe reunion was beautifully captured on a new 2-DVD set! The set includes not only the reunion concert, but also the opening sets (including Kevin’s solo set), a slide show of Blue Rose Cafe and Kevin in the ’70s, and even a film of the rehearsal. The rehearsal film is particularly cool, watching how these great musicians come back together after 30 years, and easily work out the harmonies, solos and arrangements of songs they haven’t played in over two decades. I absolutely love my copy of this…it’s such a lovely tribute to Kevin’s old friend Pat Long, and a great look at Kevin in his younger days, as well as with his old friends now. Check out the DVD on the new Blue Rose Cafe website!
Dead Reckoners Kieran Kane and Kevin Welch‘s 2004 album with Fats Kaplin hit #1 on both the Americana Radio Chart and the Roots Music 100 chart. The album, You Can’t Save Everybody, is a terrific acoustic album, with Kieran and Kevin trading off songs. Kevin does an amazing rendition of “Too Old To Die Young” and a really beautiful cover of Ron Davies’ “Dark Eyed Gal,” as well as some great new songs of his own. Kieran’s bluesy title song is a killer, as are “Hillbilly Blue” and “Callin’ Me” (my personal favorite). Actually, they’re all good!
Buy it at the Dead Reckoning Records store or at Amazon.com!!
Dead Reckoners Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, and Fats Kaplin are the backup band on The Waking Hour, with Canadian singer/songwriter David Francey. Kevin Welch has described it as “right up there with the best record any of us have made.” I agree! This is one of the best albums I have ever heard, by anybody. David does all the singing and songwriting, and he is a real treasure. I’m not kidding…if you like folk music at all, GET THIS!
Kevin Welch‘s dear friend Pat Long, co-founder of his ’70s band Blue Rose Cafe, passed away in 2003, and Kevin and the other surviving Blue Rose Cafe members got together that August for a reunion/benefit concert for Pat’s daughters. Now there is a CD of that concert, and it’s wonderful. Kevin sings lead on several of the songs and there are some really beautifully written songs on the album–you can see what a great songwriting talent the late Pat Long was. I was really impressed with this album–played it again immediately as soon as I finished listening the first time.
Sales from the CD also benefit Pat’s daughters–check it out on the Blue Rose Cafe site or listen to clips and buy it at CDBaby!
Mike Henderson has had two of his songs cut on new albums. “Drinkin Dark Whiskey,” co-written with Chris Stapleton, is on Gary Allan’s new CD, See If I Care. You can find “Hello, Mr. Heartache”, co-written with John Hadley, on the Dixie Chick’s new CD, Top of the World Tour: Live. It’s also on the DVD release!
John Jarvis, the keyboardist in Mike Henderson‘s band, has a new solo CD out. Called View from a Southern Porch, the CD features a nice mix of styles with song titles ranging from “Tennessee Lament” to “Fire Hall Rag.” John has a stellar career including being part of Rod Stewart’s band during his wildly successful hits in the ’70s. Check out the new CD at John’s site! I have this CD and it’s lovely!
Kevin Welch‘s new CD with the Australian band, The Flood, is available now from Amazon.com! This terrific album was recorded during his 2002 visit down under and features new versions of some of Kevin’s most popular songs, as well as a few of The Flood’s originals. He recently teamed up with The Flood again for a very well-received three week long Australian tour. The cleverly-titled Live Down Here on Earth came out September 15 in Australia and is available through Amazon as an import.
Tammy Rogers is featured on violin and viola on Chris Knight’s new record, The Jealous Kind. The record is getting rave reviews for its gritty, true-to-life lyrics and genuine country sound.
Fats Kaplin is featured on the new album Moon Over the Downs, a fundraiser for Cancer Research UK. Fats accompanies Claudia Scott on violin, accordian and drum on the song “The Devil’s House.”
Kieran Kane was featured in an extensive interview in Issue #43 of No Depression magazine. It’s an interesting interview with some nice insights into both Kieran and the feel of his recent album, Shadows on the Ground. The magazine, which features Alison Krauss on the cover, is available by mail at the No Depression website, or you can subscribe at Amazon.com. This is a great magazine for alt-country/folk music fans–it’s worth subscribing to!
Mike Henderson is featured on Mark Knopfler’s album, “Ragpicker’s Dream”. He is featured on harmonica on the song “Fare Thee Well, Northumberland”. You can pick up a copy at Amazon!
Kevin Welch is featured on the CD Caught in the Webb: A Tribute to the Legendary Webb Pierce. Kevin’s contribution is a duet with Webb Pierce’s daughter, Debbie, on “Why Baby Why.” Others on the CD include Dale Watson, Mandy Barnett, Charley Pride, Rosie Flores, George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Robbie Fulks & Joy Lynn White, Allison Moorer, Matt King, Crystal Gayle, the Del McCoury Band, Lionel Cartwright, Guy Clark, BR549, Trent Summar & Chris Scruggs, Billy Walker, Blue Highway, Pam Tillis, Willie Nelson, and Gail Davies, who not only conceived the idea of the album and sang on it but produced it as well. Profits will be split between the Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation and the Country Music Hall of Fame. You can get it from Amazon, or Amazon.ca. I love this CD…check it out!