Inside The Minnesota Music Scene: Kevin Bowe
Posted by Andy Ellis on Friday, September 5, 2014 at 12:00 AM By Andy Ellis / September 5, 2014 Comment
“We are about half-ish done,” Bowe said during a lunch break from teaching one of his classes at Minneapolis’ Institute of Production & Recording (IPR). “I think all but maybe one of the songs are written, and we’ve recorded at least half of them.”[caption id="attachment_275047" align="aligncenter" width="513"] Kevin Bowe working with students at IPR in Minneapolis.[/caption] This time around, however, the process is different because he and the two other guys that make up The Okemah Prophets, bassist Steve Price and drummer Peter Anderson, are an actual band now. It’s a realization that came during the recording of his last album.
“When I started Natchez Trace, we weren’t a band. We started being a band because of backing up Alison (Scott),” Bowe explained. “And then I was making this record, and it was kind of a singer-songwriter record. I was just using session musicians, but I was using the guys from Ali’s band because I had gotten close to them and they were really good. And then one day we kind of woke up and thought, ‘Hey, we’re a band.’”The last album had a lot of outside collaborators on it from Paul Westerberg of The Replacements to Wilco’s Nels Kline, but this one is going to have just Bowe, Anderson, and Price. It’s something that’s going to define how the record sounds.
“It’s a three-piece trashy rock band,” Bowe said, comparing their sound to bands like Aerosmith and Cheap Trick.Song titles include “Heaven On A School Night,” “Crawl Like A Man,” “Heart-Shaped Hole, and “LMNOP (Leave My Name Off Please).” It will also feature a Yardbirds cover, “Drinking’ Muddy Water.” For fans of Bowe’s solo work, the song titles alone will most likely make them more than ready for what’s coming next. Luckily, they won’t have to wait much longer. Photos via: Kevin Bowe -- Andy Ellis