- Born in Long Beach, California, August 17th, 1955
- Traveled his little ass off till he was 7, family settled in Oklahoma.
- Made it through high school, Midwest City High, and one semester of
music school at Central State, Edmond, Oklahoma, joined a bluegrass
band, dropped out of school, hit the road.
- Met John Hadley, real songwriter for Tree International, who also
taught art at the University of Oklahoma (OU) in Norman. Hadley was
immediately critical of his guitar playing, which made him try harder
just to get even.
- Traveled a honkytonk circuit for 5 years in a van and a truck named
Phyllis in a band called New Rodeo and then a band called Blue Rose
Cafe. Started thinking there might be another way to live.
- Met Jennifer Patten, got married, moved to Nashville like Hadley said
they should, started writing for Tree International. This is 1978.
- Wrote for 10 years, got some cuts, started earning a living.
Had 3 kids, Dustin, Savannah, and Ada. Jennifer and Kevin split up but
still stayed good friends. The 3 kids got to 'still have a Mom-and-a-Dad'.
- Steve Earle made Guitar Town, and then Steve, Don Schlitz, Mark Germino
and some other madmen suggested Kevin get a record deal. Paul Worley
went over to Warner Bros. and got Kevin signed. Made 2 records, 'Kevin
Welch' in 1990 and 'Western Beat' in 1992. Warner let Kevin do whatever
he wanted. Then they let him out of the deal to be nice, and because
they had already spent a fortune on him they were never ever ever gonna
- Kieran Kane, Harry Stinson, Mike Henderson, Tammy Rogers, and Kevin
drank so much vodka one night that they started their own label, Dead
Reckoning Records. This was around 1994 or 95. They released 21 records
over the next 7 years, toured individually and also together as a collective
called A Night Of Reckoning (with Fats Kaplin and Allison Prestwood)
through the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Europe, and Canada. They were really
really good together, but then they all got tired and went home.
- Except for Kevin. One evening while shaving in a broken mirror over
the dishwasher's sink in the freezing kitchen of a pub somewhere very
far from home, he suddenly realized he was humming the tune to "There's
No Business Like Show Business."
- He still didn't stop.
- 2000, Kevin and Kieran started traveling together with a 2-man show -
2 guitars, 2 voices, and a bottle of Bushmills, or sometimes Jameson.
They made a live record in Melbourne, Australia, called '11/12/13' and
kept on with it because it was so much fun and actually pretty good,
too. They went all over the place.
- In the years 2000 and 2001 Kevin completed a record with his friends
from Denmark, who everybody just calls The Danes. Kevin thinks it's
real damn good.
- 2004, Kevin, Kieran and Fats made a three-man record with no bass or
drums, along with a companion record with their friend David Francey,
the Scottish/Canadian ass-kicking poet and singer. Toured all over the
place some more.
- Kane Welch Kaplin made two more records, Lost John Dean, which bumped Bruce Springsteen out of number one, and Kane Welch Kaplin, which made it to number three but could not budge Steve Earle or Alison Krause/Robert Plant.
- Kane Welch Kaplin were nominated for Duo/Group of the year in 2007 and again in 2008. They had a peaceful feeling when they lost to the likes of Alison and Robert. What the hell.
- Kevin now resides in a log cabin in some woods outside of Austin, Texas, and is getting ready to hit the road behind a brand new record called "A Patch Of Blue Sky".