Nashville singer-songwriter Kevin Welch has one of those resonant tenor voices that haunts you long after the song’s last note has faded away, and the guitar has been packed away in its case.
Since so many of Welch’s songs have been covered by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, Roger Miller and Trisha Yearwood, there is something much more to his melodies and words than just another alt-country or progressive-folk troubadour singing a tune or two to get noticed.
Oklahoma-born Welch is a man of great musical depth and soul. Like a poet, his every word, phrase or pause is crucial to convey to the listener a profound feeling or a deeper thought or an acute observation about life and the human experience.
Welch’s visit to Caffe Lena was a real treat to those who had gathered there to hear him sing and play. Much of his repertoire was culled from his newest release “A Patch of Blue Sky,” his first solo album in eight years.
The brilliant “Come a Rain” – one of those new songs – was a stand-out number in the first of two exceptional sets that he performed in a wonderfully laid-back and relaxed manner.
Marc Douglas Berardo opened the evening’s songfest with a strong, but all too short set of articulate songs.
Review and photographs by Andrzej Pilarczyk