We are very proud to welcome Kevin Bowe to IPR’s Academic Leadership Team in the position of Associate Program Chair. Kevin will be working with Program Chairs Steve Hodge, Jay Fleming and Eric Trelstad to develop the future of our programs. Kevin is a writer/producer whose songs have sold over 12 million units in the last few years and has been a respected member of the IPR teaching staff for three.
Kevin 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 uber-producer 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 had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time; he was the first out of towner to hear a 13 year old blues prodigy named “Kid” Jonny Lang. One sound check was all it took and they became friends and writing partners. When he invited Lang to Minneapolis they hooked up with David Z and a writing/producing team came together 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 (to the dismay of thousands of other gifted guitarists) became the lead guitarist for Paul Westerberg & His Only Friends on their US tour.
Kevin’s first production credit appeared on Shannon Curfman’s Arista debut “Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions”; he wrote seven songs for the album including the single/video “I Don¹t Make Promises”. He also wrote four songs on Etta James’ RCA release ³Let¹s Roll² which won the Grammy for best blues album. The move into producing has proved successful as well; Kevin¹s demos got Shane Henry signed to Shanachie Records and he produced Shane’s debut album “Deliverance” as well as Renee Austin’s Blind Pig debut “Sweet Talk”, her follow up release and Tommy Castro’s #2 charting album “Soul Shaker” which Billboard calls his “best ever”.
The world of film and television has embraced his work as well; Kevin’s songs have been featured in many movies and shows like The Sopranos, Where The Heart Is, Steal This Movie, The Tonight Show, Letterman, Boston Public, The Young & the Restless, Austin City Limits, ESPN, VH1, CMT and MTV.
Kevin’s latest studio projects include developing artists like Joanne Shaw Taylor (UK soul rocker) and Caroline Smith (indie pop singer/songwriter). He is also scoring for television, writing frequently in Nashville and producing several regional midwestern bands.