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Kevin and Dustin WelchOklahoma favorite Kevin Welch returns to Winter Wind at the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones, on October 19 for a 7:00 pm concert, bringing his accomplished son Dustin Welch with him. Please note this is a Saturday evening rather than the usual Sunday Concert. Tickets are $20. Advance purchase is recommended.

“I first heard Kevin Welch at the Woody Guthrie festival over ten years ago” says Marie Soleil, Winter Wind committee member, “and since then have made it a point to be among his audience whenever he comes into town. Why?...Kevin can go from angst to full blown laughter in just one song; his wide range of lyrics and his always personal presentation weaves the listener into the "story" that he is sharing. He's a wonderful musician/singer/songwriter who involves his audience with personal tales and magical moments. If you've never been to a Kevin Welch concert, come and enjoy. You won't be disappointed.”

Kevin was 7 when the Welch family settled in Oklahoma. He attended high school in Midwest City and college at U.C.O. in Edmond, but dropped out after a year of college to join a band. He hit the road touring for five years, first with a group called New Rodeo, and then with Blue Rose Cafe.

Kevin moved to Nashville in the late 1970s where he became a songwriter for Tree International. His songs were recorded by such artists as Moe Bandy, Waylon Jennings, Roger Miller, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, The Highwaymen, The Judds, The Kendalls, Patty Loveless, Reba McEntire, Charlie Pride, Ricky Skaggs, Pam Tillis, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Don Williams, and Trisha Yearwood.

Kevin signed with Warners, where he put out two albums, Kevin Welch and Western Beat, in the early '90s. Leaving Warners, he and friends formed Dead Reckoning Records in order not to face the compromises that major labels sometimes insisted on.

Kevin's first release for Dead Reckoning, Life Down Here on Earth, was greeted with rave reviews, as was his follow-up, Beneath My Wheels. His more recent DR recordings, Millionaire and Live Down Here on Earth, a live recording of a gig on Kevin's recent tour down under with the Australian band The Flood, continue the artistic tradition.

Kevin's recordings are popular around the world, with solid followings in Europe and particularly Canada and Australia, which each of his tours is greeted with sold-out houses. One of those tours, with Kieran Kane, was captured in the live recording 11/12/13: Live in Melbourne.

In 2003, Kevin got back together in a concert with his 1970s band, Blue Rose Cafe, to pay tribute to the band's late founder, Pat Long. The concert was so successful the band released a CD and a two-DVD set recorded live at the gig, Blue Rose Cafe: A Reunion and Tribute to Pat Long.

In 2004, Kevin began recording as a band with fellow Dead Reckoners Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin. After taking their first two albums, You Can't Save Everybody (2004) and Lost John Dean (2006) to number one on the Americana charts, their latest release, Kane Welch Kaplin adds drummer Lucas Kane and continues the groove and intimacy found in the earlier releases. The Americana Music Association nominated KaneWelchKaplin for Duo/Group of the Year in 2007 and again in 2008. 

Dustin Welch, building on the thrilling strengths of his fearsomely original 2010 debut, Whisky Priest (which LoneStarMusic magazine deemed “one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas in the past year”), the Austin-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist is set to release his second album, Tijuana Bible, on Feb. 12 via his own Super Rooster Records.

Kevin Welch website
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Concert tickets can be purchased online at TicketStorm by clicking the "Buy Now" button above, or at the PAS in the Norman Depot. Phone 405-307-9320 for additional information about PAS programs. Office hours in the Depot are 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday through Friday.

Winter Wind Concerts are a program of the Performing Arts Studio and made possible in part by grants from the Norman Arts Council, the Oklahoma Arts Council, and by sponsors Tom McAuliffe of Don Cies Real Estate; Cindy Merrick of Therapy in Motion, and Nancy McClellan. Additional support comes from contributors Skye Diers, Gingerbread Nursery School; Hugh and Keri Young; Tom & Mary Cay Woodfin; Dale Wares, Wares Properties; Mike Goodman & Karen Furman. Friends include Danna Primm; Marie Soliel; and The Grider Family. In-kind support comes from the City of Norman, The Montford Inn and Norman Music Institute.