Will is very much one of the new breed of singer-songwriters on the new folk acoustic circuit. His heartfelt and catchy songs reflect life’s experience and the human condition. The thinking man’s Johnny Cash by way of Nick Lowe. Will has just signed a publishing deal with Eaton music former home classic writers Jimmy Webb.
These classic 1970s Americana influences sit very well alongside will’s own song writing. This is indicative of Eaton’s commitment to supporting talented new artists. Will played a very successful showcase at CMJ 2009 and has signed a US Album deal with Wildflower Records. The label belongs to the seminal American folk artist of the 60s and 70s Judy Collins, Will has just completed an opening slot for Judy in New York on 21st December 2009 at The Bitter End. The names associated with his debut solo album ‘Everything You Do (due for release early in 2010) speak for themselves.
He is currently working with producers Ian Grimble (Travis, Manic Street Preachers and The Enemy) Gavin Monaghan (The Editors, Ryan Adams, The Twang) and Andy Hughes (The Orb, Basement Jaxx). The album also features slide guitar legend Al Perkins (who has performed with the likes of Gram Parsons, The Eagles, Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris). Guest vocals come from former Beautiful South songstress Alison Wheeler whilst keyboard skills are provided by James Blunt’s pianist Paul Beard. Further guitar excellence is supplied by ex Steely Dan and Doobie Brothers guitarist Elliot Randall, whose guitar solo on ‘Reelin’ in the Years’ has entered the annuls of rock history He has recently returned from 2 showcases for this year’s Canadian Music Week in Toronto where he also recorded 2 new tracks for the album with Tom McKay at Canterbury Studios.
The new tracks were mixed by Bowie/Prince producer Mark Plati in New York. The album has now been mastered at Abbey Road studios , the first single Everything you do was released on October 20th 2008 through IRL Records (Damien Dempsey). The Album is due for release on February 1st on Stunt Dog Records through Cadiz and Universal. Will has just completed a 3 week UK TOUR Starting at The Royal Squadron Isle of Wight and ending in Glasgow.
Will is also happy to announce a Gibson Guitar endorsement for the tour .The 9 day UK Album tour will start on Feb 1st 2010 in London at Hoxton Underbelly. Will shall return to New York in mid February for some more gigs until early march. The anticipated US Album release being April 2010 on Wildflower. In October last year Will undertook a two week tour of New York and surrounding areas, including a CMJ 2007 Showcase, where he was described as a “British raconteur who fashions crafty acoustic pop and sing along anthems”. He received rotational play on US college radio, going straight to #17 on VIC top 30 and in at #6 on KASB's top 30.
Dialling Tone has now received play on over 80 US College stations. Will has also played live on BBC Wales and BBC Radio West Midlands. Recently on Steve Lamacq’s Radio 2 show and Gary Crowley on BBC 6.He has also recently supported Get Cape Wear Cape Fly and The Holloways.Will also played at Midem this year and is set to return for more gigs later in 2009. . Artwork for both single and album comes from Will’s wife Annie Kevans, a much lauded and well respected up and coming artist and who’s entire collection of paintings ‘Boys’ was bought by Charles Saatchi in 2004. Annie has received excellent press and has been featured in the Independent, Sunday Times, Harpers Bazaar, Have I Got News For You and the Evening Standard to name a few.
Annie was also interviewed by BBC London News and by Jono Coleman and JoAnne Good on BBC London Radio. The image used for the single cover had to be cropped, as iTunes would not allow the full image (including nipples) to be used. Will’s song ‘Sand Makes a Pearl’ went to number 2 in the German mp3 charts Netzparade and he has also been the featured artist of the month on both the Hit Quarters and Sonicbids websites. His other achievements include making it to the semi-finals of the 2005 International Song Competition with ‘Out There’ which also won him the ‘Song of the Year’ competition. He was subsequently chosen to represent the ISC in both Delaware and Seattle.
As well as playing at last year’s North by North East music conference in Toronto where he was voted ‘Best Act of the Festival’, Will has also performed numerous showcases at Popkomm in Berlin, Canadian Music Week, South by South West, Brighton’s Great Escape Festival and at this year’s North By North-East music conference where he received a rapturous response. Whilst there, he played a support slot to Ron Sexsmith. Will’s no stranger to radio either. Last year, the ex-Junk TV front man released ‘Out There’ on Badass Records to much critical acclaim.
The single has since been played extensively on Radio 1’s Chris Moyles and Jo Whiley shows as well as receiving numerous other plays on stations such as Virgin, Kiss FM and Capital Gold. Will’s song ‘London Fields’ was also a finalist in BBC London’s 2012 Anthem where he received numerous plays on The Robert Elms Show. Here’s what the critics say about Will:- ‘Messing About At the Weekend’ is a classy calling card. The bluesy guitar and adventurous use of a string quartet marks it out’ MOJO MAGAZINE ‘Promising up and coming songsmith/performer, Kevans purveys his stylish and accomplished, rootsy, pop influenced rock.
His sensitive and mature talent’ TIME OUT ‘Catchy debut single’ SUNDAY TIMES ‘Johnny Cash meets Pulp’ Tom McKay (producer) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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