Kete Bowers singer songwriter musician now based in Essex, is taking bookings as a support act for touring bands and furthering his career worldwide. He played C2C at O2 London in March 2017 and here is his feedback. “Kete had the pleasure of opening up the Big Entrance stage for C2C at The O2 London in 2017 with just his guitar and a handily placed iPad for company. Opening with “The Rain King”, a five minute epic initially painting him as a Liverpudlian Neil Young. His accolades are mentioned below along with a promotional video.
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In truth I suspect that the Club WM stage would have suited better for Kete Bowers to give us a chance to really concentrate on his storytelling, but he gave it a good shot in the cavernous, slightly chilly O2 foyer.
The songs were mainly a preview of those due to be on his next album. The delicate “You Stole My Joy” for his Grandma stood out, while his hometown past was detailed on “North Side Of The River”, which had a touch of the style of Townes Van Zandt about it and was thoroughly engrossing.”
“It was detailed with enough references to really allow you to build up an almost mental picture of the place, at all times your eyes were drawn to the stage waiting to hear the next line. There was a glimpse of humour at the end as he closed out on a Bob Dylan song,
“Don’t know why – he never plays any of mine” quipped Kete.
It was certainly enough to send me over to the merch stand to investigate further. The singles for “The Rain King” and the highly recommended “White River Road” are both definitely worth investigating if you like your singer songwriters.” Chris Farlie, w21 Music.
“A Liverpool born-and bred singer songwriter, Kete Bowers’ debut album is one of the finest debuts I’ve heard in many a moon. Though there is a strong American country flavour throughout, Bowers doesn’t make the mistake of trying to sound American, but sings in a strong and compelling style all his very own. He is also a top-notch songwriter, up there with such other rootsy country tunesmiths as Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell and John Prine. His songs come from deep down in his soul and are coloured by his own experiences. As a child he listened to classic pop and country records at his grandmother’s house. He recalls those memories with Isobel, even name-checking Jim Reeves.
This self-produced album features some outstanding musical arrangements with BJ Cole on pedal steel, Mark Flanagan (guitar), Roger Eno (piano, accordion, Hammond organ), Hannah Scott (cello) and the solid rhythm of George Double (drums) and Lincoln Anderson and Kevin Willoughby sharing the bass guitar honours. A mention also of Lily Gonzalez who provides exquisite backing and duet vocals throughout. An album that I cannot recommend too highly.” (Editor – Alan Cackett).
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