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Kevin Welch to perform in Norman with son Dustin

October 19, 2013


Oct. 19--NORMAN -- Singer/songwriter Kevin Welch will perform in concert with his son Dylan at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Santa Fe Depot, 200 S Jones Ave. Tickets are $20.

Welch's musical career began early, when he dropped out of the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond after only a year to join a band. He toured for five years, first with a group called New Rodeo and then with Blue Rose Cafe.

In the late 1970s, Welch moved to Nashville, Tenn., where he worked as a songwriter for Tree International. His songs have been 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.

Welch recorded two albums before forming Dead Reckoning with friends and producing several more albums. In 2003, Welch got back together with his 1970s Blue Rose Cafe band to pay tribute to the band's late founder, Pat Long. A tribute concert was so successful the band released a CD and a two-DVD set of the performance.

In 2004, Welch began recording with fellow Dead Reckoners Kieran Kane and Fats Kaplin. Their first two albums, "You Can't Save Everybody" and "Lost John Dean," reached No. 1 on music charts. Their latest release, "Kane Welch Kaplin," adds drummer Lucas Kane and was nominated for Duo/Group of the Year by the Americana Music Association in 2007 and 2008.

Welch's son Dustin, of Austin, Texas, is set to release his second album, "Tijuana Bible," in February. His debut album, "Whiskey Priest," was deemed by Lone Star Music magazine to be "one of the most compelling albums to come out of Texas" that year.

Concert tickets are available at or at the Performing Arts Studio in the depot.


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