• Palmer Tri-Line
• Joe Meek & L.R. Baggs pre-amps
• Boss stereo volume and tuner pedals
• Matchless SC-30
Award-winning songwriter with 12 prizes in international competitions, including: 2014 Great American Song Contest Grand Prize Winner "This Might Get Loud", 2010 SONGWARS Winner "Caroline", 2009 WCS Int'l Runner-Up "Shine"
Signed by Ripple Music: You Can't Argue with Water CD released on 7-13-10, airplay across USA, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia; reached #4 on CMJ charts
Music licensed to MTV, Discovery Channel, and via nationwide subscription service to restaurants, offices, retail, etc.
Articles/Interviews/Reviews: USA Today, Classic Rock Magazine, GuitarWorld, Rock and Roll Report, etc.
Featured guest artist (2x) on: My Tune TV (KMVT 15) Next Big Thing podcast (Cologne, Germany), Linda Seabright's On the Road Again! (KRCB 91FM, NPR affiliate), Live From Bay 6 on the Harwood Podcast Network
"Beadles plays a sublime kind of music… In many respects, You Can't Argue With Water is cleansing… nurturing our thirst for pristine talent." —Bill Sullivan, Senior Music Writer, Rock and Roll Report
"A fresh and talented artist forging a new path in the singer-songwriter genre… the band is phenomenally tight and worthy of note." —Linda Seabright, KRCB 91FM, host/producer of On the Road Again! Americana program
"Kevin's lyrics are inspired, insightful and quirky. He writes hooky songs about real life and delivers them with a passionate, soulful voice." —Steve Seskin, grammy-nominated writer of seven #1 song
"Kevin Beadles is an amazing artist who manages to go deep while maintaining a pop sensibility that is irresistible." —Scott Mathews, multi-platinum producer/arranger/musician (Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, etc.)
No matter how many upbeat or humorous songs I write, people always ask about the "weird" songs. Why do I write them? My answer is simple and entirely American... I blame my family.
My grandparents met at Ol' Miss University during the Great Depression. There in the town of Oxford lived a disreputable postmaster who wrote what the locals considered to be trashy novels. Years later, his reputation would undergo a remarkable transformation in the estimation of the townsfolk but that wasn't until after he received the Nobel Prize for literature. My grandparents knew him back when you could take writing lessons in his front parlor or take a turn at piloting his Waco C Cabin Cruiser for $5 on a Saturday morning.
I grew up steeped in lore of William Faulkner and his Southern Gothic tales of generational destiny. These were my bedtime stories. Is it any wonder that I developed a macabre sense of humor? It's only too natural for me to write about a bitter divorcee hauling her "past" around in a black Cadillac hearse or declare a break-up with the opening line, "I don't need a post-mortem to see the ghost has flown our love."
Faulkner was famously quoted as saying, "The past is never dead. It's not even past." Whether it's defiantly laying stake to an English pirate and Southern Reb birthright in "Where We Come From" or carrying a torch well beyond the grave in "Caroline," I share some of Faulkner's brooding on how the past haunts the present and future.
People complain about dysfunctional families... I've never understood that. To me, even a murder-suicide is just source material, a bedtime story told with a twinkling eye and slight Southern lilt by someone you love who may be long-dead but whose influence remains.