The cold water in my kitchen sink is running tepid. Actually, it feels as if it has been pre-heated. It is a by-product of the dog days of summer, August in Texas is a stoic affair. Not for everyone, I am sure. Though some people must love the stillness of the summer heat, shimmering up from the pavement, I just don't know that I have met many of them. We only go out at night!! I was just thinking on how I haven't seen Kevin Welch all summer. I wonder if that is by design to escape the weather, or is just making the most of the height of touring season. He is in Denmark right now. Comes back stateside and then goes to Ireland. He will be back for the Kerrville Wine & Music Festival, September 5th, which is a good thing because the cover art from the new CD is on the Kerrville brochure I was handed today! Kerrville is also playing host to other Music Fog perennial favorites Wyatt Easterling, Matt King, Uncle Lucius, The Trishas, and John Fullbright.
Since the spring arrival of his new CD A Patch Of Blue Sky, the road trip has been pretty constant for Kevin. The album is still sitting high up on the Americana chart. Kevin writes from this interesting place, creating brand new material that makes you feel as if it has been part of the lexicon for eons. It's just so, I don't know, familiar...somehow. And instantly memorable. I am digging how he handles the bio concept on the website, too. It is in bullet point. I read so many of these that have the 'blah, blah, blah' factor...Kevin's has got some insight into his humor, and a "just the facts, ma'am" sensibility.
We most recently sat down with Kevin in May, at the Cherokee Creek Music Festival. This song is not from the new CD, though, we challenged Kevin to dig into the catalog for a new version of "One Way Rider," which can be found on his Life Down Here On Earth CD from 2002.
- Jessie Scott