LIVERPOOL / IRELAND
“ A top – notch songwriter, up there with such other rootsy country tunesmiths as Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell and John Prine. One of the finest debuts I've heard in many a moon.”
Kete Bowers is a singer / songwriter born in Liverpool. His music crosses many genres from Folk, Rock, Americana, Country and Blues.
Kete had the pleasure of opening up the Big Entrance stage for C2C at The O2 London 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.
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.
Chris Farlie, W21 Music. London.
“A lot of international country artists are more authentic than the ones here at home. Kete Bowers is one of those artists.”
Pure Country Magazine. USA.
“Powerful and compelling”.
Steve Caseman. R2 Rock and Reel Magazine.
“ This is rootsy country music rather than over polished Nashville, it's evocative and tells a story the way country songs used to. Except those stories have moved with the time. The traditions and country are being well looked after and Liverpool born Kete Bowers knows the heart”.
“That timeless feel in the music and lyrics is just right to allow the song to fit on any modern – day radio format.
Review of White River Road.
By Matheson Kamin
“White River Road” captures the sound of heartache and loss and does so in a way that is rather beautiful and that's a feat, to be sure”.
Review of White River Road.
By Andrew Greenhalgh.
Country music seems to embrace an ever revolving door of styles. Once hailed for its heartfelt stories of love, loss and tears in our beers, it has now leaned its favoritism in a country-pop direction. Pushing aside those aching slide guitar solos to make room for the perfect boot scootin’ boogie beat, we find ourselves at a cross-roads for the future of country music.
The continuously evolving Kete Bowers brings his perfectly, unpolished country sound to us from Liverpool. Described as the ‘Nashville of the North’ Liverpool has embraced its love for country western history and Bowers, aligns flawlessly with it’s lessons. His self produced record “Road” released in 2010, invited his listeners to a world of love and loss. With a sound compared to the late, great Johnny Cash, Bowers’ single, “Chained to You” paints the perfect picture for what happens when love meets that loss.
With Bowers latest single produced by Fran Ashcroft, “The Rain King” he introduces us to his newest sound. Keeping with his honest country roots, his play with production, creates a kind of cross bred Zeppelin, Petty and Neil Young mix. He doubles the guitar melody throughout. A crisp acoustic line with a perfectly, not perfect electric sound. “The Rain King,” is sensational.
A story about Bowers’ youth, his simple lyrics, “kids dodging bullets on the high plain… with songs to sing and dreams to live” his newest song, leaves the listener wondering who the Rain King really is. Someone or something that may come save him from his past, present or future.
Kete Bowers continues to invent the “country wheel” for himself and his listeners. I trust “The Rain King” will find its way, to the soundtrack of some Quentin Tarantino flick. Maybe there we can find out who “The Rain King” really is.
Artist Kete Bowers
Song: “The Rain King”
Reviewed by Sara Routh.
KETE BOWERS’s tracks