KEVIN WELCH (USA) & JUSTIN BERNASCONI
Two of the world’s finest singer/songwriters/guitarists together for one night only in the intimate surroundings of The Newsagency.
Kevin Welch has had a career spanning four decades, as a recording artist and producer, and writing songs for others such as Roger Miller, Waylon Jennings, The Highwaymen, Solomon Burke, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood, and many others, including most recently Chris Stapleton, whose version of Welch’s MILLIONAIRE went to No. 1 on iTunes in the first week of release.
Recording a dozen records over the years, most for Dead Reckoning Records, the label he co- founded in Nashville in the mid 90's, his music has carried him around and around the planet, often touring with his son Dustin Welch. With a new Australian wife and baby, Welch is spending more time than ever Down Under. Coming soon, Kevin Welch: The Dead Reckoning Years, a double LP celebrating 1995-2005, followed by a collection of brand new songs recently recorded back in Nashville with a killer line-up of some of the world’s finest. As yet untitled, it will be released in the Spring of 2018.
Named as ‘One of this country’s most interesting guitar talents’ by Australian Guitar Magazine, Justin Bernasconi is a rarity among guitarists and songwriters. Straddling styles and sounds from the Delta Blues, Appalachian Bluegrass, English Folk and all stops in between, his highly original tunes are infused with exciting and soulful guitar playing.
Bernasconi’s 2017 album Barefoot Wonderland has been embraced by fans and critics with Acoustic Magazine describing it as ‘a dazzling gumbo of songs’ and was equally acclaimed by Rolling Stone, and The Age. Justin embarked on nationwide Australian tour, and flew to the UK launch the album in London. UK mag fRoots simply wrote “like Leo Kottke and John Fahey on the instrumentals and John Prine on the songs’.