|Posted by 808stilez on November 2, 2010 at 9:47 AM|
Since we reviewed Kev Rowe Music on our TSAAM blogs, Kev has moved and reunited with his old band Big Leg Emma. We asked Kev for a few minutes of his time, and seeins is Kev is a down to earth guy he agreed. Here's the quickie, hope you enjoy! Don't forget to run by Kev's website and Facebook and check out his acoustics/roots tunes!
Scarekrowe: Rockin... So how you been man? I haven't really spoke to you since our TSAAM post.
Kev: Well, a lot has been going on actually. I moved back to my hometown, Jamestown, NY and am reunited with my old band, Big Leg Emma. It's an americana band with great singers and songwriting. We have roots instruments like acoustic, mandolin, and fiddle, but also drums, bass, and electric. I play lead electric. It's really fun.
Scarekrowe: Hell yah man. I saw your post for the Halloween bash and reposted. How did that show go?
Kev: Amazing. We did 10 shows this year and for everyone of them we had at least 300-400 people. And there were some festivals where we played for 4000. And that's awesome. But, more importantly the band is loving making music together. We really all have perfect chemistry with each other and push each other to new levels. And we are a family, feeling more at home when we are together.
Scarekrowe: That's awesome man. Lemme ask you something, just cuz I'm curious. In today's music scene with all the rockers and whatnot, what drives you to stay with acoustic and roots music?
Kev: Well, a couple things I can think of. First, I think it's a regional thing. In western NY we have a very active roots scene which includes bluegrass, folk, and americana music. It's really a very rural area, nothing like NYC. And we have some amazing roots festivals. Second, tradition. I want to play and write music that is very deep and has some lasting power to it. To write something that is timeless. With just a vocal and guitar you kind of really have to work on content more than style. Style can only take you so far. You really have to have something in the meat of the song in order for it to carry on and mean something last year. So, it is very simple and complex at the same time. With rock and other modern pop sounds many times artists and bands focus to much on style and not on content. It must mean something. But I do love rock music too. Zeppelin's my favorite.
Scarekrowe: Funny you should use the simple yet complex terms... I have the same feeling for your music. Since you sent me your album when I as in Tampa(which I left with a friend) I've been listening to your tunes posted. I still find myself just kinda melting into the music. It's a great feeling. Does your band have any plans on recording an album soon or are you all working on something already?
Kev: Yes, we are getting prepared at the moment. Working on new material and rehashing some of the old that never got recorded. We are never short on material. We have lots of writers and singers, so it's more a sorting out of which tools do we use to execute the song in the way the song deserves. We'd like to get into the studio this winter and do maybe a 5 song ep type of thing. Full length next fall maybe. We really want to do it right so the timing will probably change. I'm always recording solo though, keeping my chops up in that arena.
Scarekrowe: If you could tour or play in any other part of the world, what would your ideal country/venue be and why?
Kev: I'd like to go to India someday. One of my favorite books is "Autobiography of a Yogi" and India seems very fascinating to me. Like it's a very spiritual and natural place. And without all the western commercialism and busy-ness. Also, I'd like to tour Europe. That feels romantic to me.
Scarekrowe: I've been through the Middle East.. very surreal over there. Europe I've been through as well. VERY clean countryside over there and yah, VERY romantic so to speak. One last question bro and I'll let you loose. I'm gonna put you on the spot... who's your favorite band hangin buddy and why?
Kev: Well, my friend Todd Dalton is really fun to be around. He's not technically in the band. He's our merch guy, announcer, and general "get it done" type of guy, and is with us permanently, everywhere we go. He's very dynamic. Kind of like a cartoon. Funny, loud, dances all the time. We go to shows together and he sneaks into places people aren't allowed just for the fun of it. Like once, he and I had dinner next to Warren Haynes backstage once. Warren just kind of looked at us like "Are these guys supposed to be here?" Never kicked out though. Just ate and when back to the show with grins on our faces. Todd orchestrates grand adventures like that. I'm a little safer and mellower. We're a good match. I gamble with music!
Scarekrowe: LMAO.. that's good stuff man. Hey bro... I want to thank you for giving me a few minutes. We'll get you some links up on our site as well as the groups on FB and other places! Bless!