Life Down Here on Earth

Life Down Here on Earth

by Kevin WelchKevin Welch


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Kevin Welch is a card-carrying member of the Texas school of songwriting, and it is easy to reel off the names of some of his classmates: If you like Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Joe Ely, or any one of a dozen or so other literate singer/songwriters with a Southwest sensibility who have been in and out of Nashville since the 1960s, then you'll like Kevin Welch, too. Welch's obvious talents brought him a contract with Warner Bros., but despite the regard in which the school is held by aficionados, its members rarely sell records in numbers significant enough to interest a major label for long, and Life Down Here on Earth finds him on an artist-owned indie. Of course, that means he got to make the record he wanted to, and with four years between releases he had plenty of songs, not having to rely on covers as he did to an extent on 1991's Western Beat. Over familiar-sounding folk-rock and country-rock arrangements, he sings world-weary, older-but-wiser lyrics about life's travails, the doomed search for love, and the joys of kicking back now and then. The album's philosophy is contained in its opening and closing tracks. "Pushing Up Daisies" talks about how hard things can be, but concludes that "it's better than pushing up daisies," while the album's title song notes that, while your tombstone will have two dates, it's what happens in the dash in between that matters. Although Welch is worthy of comparison with the best in his field, he is also somewhat generic, which may explain why he isn't better known. His reedy voice is a ringer for T-Bone Burnett's, and his songs, while always craftsmanlike, would benefit from stronger performances. Maybe that's why he makes most of his money from song publishing.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/18/1995
Label: Imports
UPC: 0705375000326
catalogNumber: 5000326
Rank: 70200

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kevin Welch   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar
Fairfield Four   Vocals
Anderson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Mike Henderson   Guitar,Electric Guitar,national steel guitar
Kieran Kane   Mandolin,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Tammy Rogers   Banjo,Fiddle,Mandolin,Viola,Vocals,Tenor Banjo,Vocal Harmony
Harry Stinson   Drums,Vocals,Vocal Harmony
Glenn Worf   Bass,Piano,String Bass
Reese Wynans   Piano
Pats Kaplin   Fiddle,Accordion,Steel Guitar,Penny Whistle
Fats Kaplin   Fiddle,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion,Penny Whistle

Technical Credits

Kevin Welch   Producer
Peter Coleman   Engineer
John Hadley   Illustrations
Harry Stinson   Producer
Dan Leffler   Engineer

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