Welch says he discovered how personal his early writing was
This is the second part of my great interview with Kevin Welch, who will perform Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the Roper Music Ballroom with special guest Dustin Welch.
Tickets are available at Andy’s Liquor Mart, 922 N. First Street, and Triple Play Records at 530 Main St.
Rock: The music on “Patch of Blue Sky” seems to be one of your most personal recordings. How do you feel about that?
Kevin: I’ve been working on a book of lyrics, collected lyrics from all my records, so I have actually been looking at some of my early stuff and I realized even that early stuff pretty much all of those songs were very, very personal to me. I think the record-making process, the way that songs are performed, played and produced and all that, I think that is getting more defined and more and more personal. As you grow older, you generally have deeper things to talk about, or just deeper experiences anyway. It’s just the physics of the thing just works like that.
Rock: You were part of that great group, the Dead Reckoners, and I still have the CD. How did your time with that group of artists affect your music?
Kevin: Oh, hugely, because the Dead Reckoners came out of basically my first band that I made my first couple of records with. Most of those people wound up coalescing into the Dead Reckoners. Kieran Kane came on, I think, my second record after he finished doing his O’Kanes thing. Mike Henderson was on all of my early stuff, so we just kind of formalized our relationships and created Dead Reckoning Records. It was a vehicle for each person to make their own records. At the same time, we discovered that it made a lot of sense for all of us to tour together as a big package show, kind of like the old Stax (Records) Revue shows. Everybody goes out and plays and each person takes a turn stepping up to the microphone. That was a blast. That band had so much capability that we could do pretty much anything we wanted to do.
Rock: Do you still keep in touch with all of those folks?
Kevin: To some extent, yes, but not as much as I’d like, especially now that I live in Texas. I talk to Kieran and Fats (Kaplan) pretty regularly. Everybody else is out doing something else these days.
Rock: It is really a treasure and a treat for me to be able to work with my children in my business. You have that same experience, can you tell me about it?
Kevin: Well, one of the most obvious benefits is that normally when a musician goes out to work, the hard part is leaving your family behind. So every time Dustin and I get to work together or when I get together with Savannah and her band the Trishas, you know it’s perfect, because we’re all together and making music. Watching both of these kids just getting better and better, both as songwriters and players, and watching their live stuff just kind of develop has been really incredibly cool. I think that right now they are actually writing circles around me. I am amazed with the material that is starting to happen with these kids.