Kevin Bowe is a writer/producer whose songs have sold over 12 million units in the last few years. He got his start in the Minneapolis music scene that spawned Prince, The Replacements and Husker Du in the 1980’s. After being discovered at a club gig by uberproducer David Z (Prince, Fine Young Cannibals, Big Head Todd), Kevin began writing for other artists. His first cut (“Riverside” on Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s Warner Bros. debut “Ledbetter Heights”) went gold and led to a major publishing deal. Kevin became the first writer signed by legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in over twenty years.
Kevin was the first out of towner to hear a 13 year old blues prodigy named “Kid” Jonny Lang in Fargo, ND. Bowe invited Lang to Minneapolis and a partnership started that resulted in two platinum albums on A&M Records, including the top 5 single/video “Breakin’ Me”. Word got out about Kevin’s writing leading to collaborations with Leo Kottke, Robben Ford, The Rembrandts, Peter Case, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Dan Wilson (Semisonic), Richie Sambora, Chuck Prophet, John Mayall, Three Dog Night and Delbert McClinton.
In 2005 Kevin became the lead guitarist for Paul Westerberg & His Only Friends on their US tour.
Alison Scott has a one in a million voice and remarkable songwriting skills, and is making believers out of everyone who hears her. Her live DVD, “Live at the Dakota,” was recorded in May 2009 and released in September.
Alison’s third album, Chinese Whispers, was released in September 2010 to a packed house at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul. The album is her most diverse to date: a mix of pop, rock, R&B, and a little taste of hip-hop; all sewn together with soul. Again in tow is Scott’s polished band, and it showcases her lush, amazing voice like never before.
A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his critically acclaimed band Friends Like These and moved to a small town in Wisconsin. And supposedly that was that.
Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come to Wisconsin and demo up a new album…. Communist Daughter has already started to reclaim their spot in music with favorable reviews from critics all over that remember Solomon and company from Friends Like These.
Chris Koza is one of the most brilliant and prolific songwriters in the area. In 2004, Koza released his debut album, Exit Pesce. It was a homemade gem, unpolished and earnest, earning rave reviews and thrusting Koza prominently into the local Twin Cities music scene. Over the next four years, Koza and his band made three more records, each building upon the success of the last. Consistent radio play, stellar live performances, and three years of national touring all combined to get the name Chris Koza firmly planted in the minds of many. With recent project Rogue Valley, Koza builds on his strong reputation, and aims higher.