"I Can't Hang with You Anymore" is the first release of five songs that Bonnie Hayes produced for me. Bonnie's an amazing talent. She produced a Grammy-nominated album (Steppin' Out by Gospel Hummingbirds), wrote two hit songs on a 5X platinum Grammy-award winning album (Bonnie Raitt's Nick of Time), toured as a keyboardist/vocalist with major acts (Billy Idol, Belinda Carlisle, Springsteen), and scored a college radio hit which was featured in the Valley Girl movie ("Shelly's Boyfriend").
Every session with Bonnie was a gift filled with laughs & lessons to learn. Alas for me, Bonnie left the Bay Area to be Songwriting Chair at Boston's famed Berklee College of Music, so I can't hang with her much anymore. The photo captures Bonnie and me sharing a laugh backstage before a gig at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage.Read More
"All Down for Austin" has climbed to #29 on the European country charts and is getting air play on ~600 stations according to Dixie McCorkell of the European Country Music Association. "Shouldn'" reached #26 last year so it's fun to see a couple of minor hits overseas.Watch Video
"All Down for Austin" tells the story of my band's wild adventure traveling from Northern California down to Texas to perform in Austin for the first time. With 3000 bands converging on the South by Southwest Festival, few things went as expected but we still had a blast playing there. This song was born the night we gigged in a dive bar down on 6th Street and could barely hear ourselves over the roar of the party outside.
But that evening in Texas turned out to be serendipitous as we got to meet popular New Orleans roots rocker, The Iguanas, and legendary drummer, Brady Blade (Dylan, Emmylou, Dave Matthews). We get home and lead guitarist, John Foster says, "Kevin, we gotta write a song about this." So a year later, we're back in Austin, this time sharing a bill with Brady. We ask him if we could give a shout-out in our new song. To our surprise, he not only agreed but said, "Hell, I'll play drums on it if you want me to!" And he did.
Andre Welsh, who directed my last three videos, took the various video and photos shot during our three consecutive trips to SXSW and put it all together in this music video which I think you'll enjoy.Watch Video
This feel-good Americana rock features the first use of harmonica in one of my songs and a Southern gospel inflection that sounds like it could have been recorded at Muscle Shoals. It's probably the best example of where my current sound lives, though it was awfully fun visiting indie pop-rock and faux redneck anthem with my last two singles.
"Forty Acres" was released on iTunes today and the music video is out on YouTube.
The video stars the amazing Berkeley home & garden of Simon Wartzburg. I think Andre Welsh & Mitch Costanza topped their two prior efforts in putting together this story that wanders in and out of Simon's Arts & Crafts home, along the wild winding blooms of his garden pathways, and even to the top of the large California Serpentine boulder that command the heights of his neighborhood. Andre's still photo shows Mitch (blue sweater) amidst the cast as we celebrate the wrap of a long day of shooting.Watch Video
Q. "Any words of wisdom?
A. "The surest advice I can offer is 'glove in the dirt!' but that’s only really helpful if you’re coaching Little League."
Honored to rubbing elbows with the writers and playwrights who've been interviewed by author & creative writing college professor, D.J. Adamson (I've read three of her books!)
The Story Behind the Song
A novel generally has 70,000 words. A script is composed of 96 pages. A song? Award winning songwriter, Kevin Beadles discusses songwriting.
Remember when SpinalTap hit it big in Japan?... well, Shouldn' has climbed to #26 on the European country charts and is getting air play on 617 stations according to Dixie McCorkell of the European Country Music Association.
"Kevin, you did VERY well for the first time out of the chute--most new artists never get anywhere NEAR the charts that first time."Watch Video
Just got the good news that "Shouldn' " has been announced as a semi-finalist in the ISC Music Video competition. Big thanks to Mitch Costanza & Andre Welsh, the creative team who made it happen.Watch Video
Whether it's Hoyt Axton's "Boney Fingers," Hank Williams, Jr.'s "Family Tradition," or Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman," redneck anthems have always occupied a place of honor in the country music pantheon.
To this, I humbly submit my shameless salute to the genre.
"You can tell me that I shouldn'… but I ain't shouldn' on myself!"
The single was released on iTunes today and the music video is out on YouTube.
The same creative team (Andre Welsh/Mitch Costanza) that made the music video for "This Might Get Loud" re-united to create a hilarious parody of "Young Country" videos in all their tasteless glory. They also cast a certain Berkeley-based singer-songwriter for an uncredited cameo.Watch Video