Sunday, June 15, 2008

Kevin Welch, Saturday July 12, 2008

Join us in welcoming back Dead Reckoning recording artist Kevin Welch to the Words & Voices series in historic downtown Marshall, Texas. Kevin played the series in 2004, and to this date, his was one of the series' most successful. Mark this date on your calendar because you will not want to miss this intimate musical experience with one of music's greatest songwriters and storytellers.

Kevin Welch’s catalogue of music stretches well over two decades and reveals a brilliant performer and songwriter whose style and vision continue to help define great American roots music. Welch’s five critically acclaimed CDs blend folk, rock, blues and bluegrass with an earthy voice and poignant storytelling rich with romance and honesty.

Welch left his native Oklahoma when he was 17, traveling extensively before settling in Nashville in 1978. His musical talents found a home at Sony Tree, where he established himself as a staff writer, deftly penning songs for artists as diverse as Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Roger Miller, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, Garth Brooks, the Judds, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs, among others.

Despite his success in writing for others, Kevin Welch’s compositions were best expressed in his own voice. In 1990, Welch recorded and released his self-titled debut, Kevin Welch, on Warner/Reprise. Western Beat followed in 1992 also on the label.

With two CDs under his belt, several years of first-hand experience in Nashville’s music industry, and a group of tight-knit and extremely gifted artists, Welch helped launch Dead Reckoning Records in 1995 along with Kieran Kane, Mike Henderson, Tammy Rogers and Harry Stinson.

The label was in the forefront of do-it-yourself record labels and cottage industries that have sprung up in the music business since and has no doubt inspired countless artists to forge their own way. As part of Dead Reckoning, Welch released Life Down Here On Earth in 1995 and the AAA radio favorite Beneath My Wheels in 1999. The label, operated by the artists, has released 21 well-received albums worldwide.

In 2002, Dead Reckoning Records joined forces with Compendia Music Group, a well-respected music group with released from a wide array of artists including Joan Osborne, Kansas, Gene Watson and Robert Palmer. The partnership will help maximize Dead Reckoning’s marketing, distribution and promotion.

Welch’s latest release Millionaire was recorded in Nashville and Denmark and released in 2002 on Dead Reckoning Records/Compendia Music Group. The CD features The Danes, a group of rockin’ multi-instrumentalists Welch discovered in Denmark. Millionaire also features the song “Glorious Bounty” that Welch was especially proud to record because it was co-written by his 21-year-old son, Dustin Welch.

Often referred to as an Americana Stalwart and Roots Music Troubadour, Welch’s stellar releases and unforgettable live performances have allowed him a loyal and dedicated fan base all over the world where he tours extensively. He is a longtime favorite nationally and internationally in the best listening rooms and premiere music festivals.

With each release, Welch continues to dig deeper and push the envelope on American roots music. There is no doubt that Welch’s generous musical legacy and broad-minded independence and philosophies on combining music and business with integrity will continue to enrich the genre of roots music and inspire generations of artists.