Kevin Bowe & The Okemah Prophets – Natchez Trace (2012)
Kevin Bowe and his band The Okemah Prophets, featuring Peter Anderson (The Honeydogs) and Steve Price (ELNo), will release Natchez Trace–his first full-length album of original material in over a decade. Natchez Trace is a sweeping panorama of Tom Petty-style hooks on tracks like “Haven’t You Heard,” along with some very inspired ballads. Bowe and Paul Westerberg (The Replacements) collaborated to write “Everybody Lies,” one of many great musical moments on the record. Also included are a blistering cover of John Lennon’s “I Found Out” alongside a hippie-riffic take on Spirit’s “Nature’s Way”.Natchez Trace draws you deep into its stark, haunting beauty, and the musical performances behind the songs make you take notice. Westerberg, Nels Kline (Wilco), The Meat Puppets, Johnny and Molly of Communist Daughter, Tim O’Reagan (The Jayhawks), Ben Lubeck (Farewell Milwaukee), Chuck Prophet, Freedy Johnston, and Phil Solem (The Rembrandts) all make stellar appearances. Scarlet Rivera (violinist on Bob Dylan’s Desire and his Rolling Thunder Revue tour) adds a gypsy hurricane flair to the track “In Too Deep”.