“If a story is in you, it has to come out.” – William Faulkner
So, you’re thinking, “Hey, you spelled ‘The Beatles’ wrong, dude!” You’d be incorrect; this is the story of a different musical “Beadles,” one born into the world as Kevin Beadles. Kevin is a California-based songwriter, publisher, and performer Kevin Beadles and his Band who has started a West Coast invasion of his California Country sound. His music is an addictive amalgam of pop, roots rock and alt-country. Think part David Sedaris and part Ryan Adams, and you’re on the path to understanding the stories and songs of “the Beadles.”
Kevin subscribes to William Faulkner’s mantra, that “If a story is in you, it has to come out.” See, Beadles has an innate artistic sixth-sense in seeing stories and songs anywhere. And yes, sometimes he does see dead people – and isn’t afraid to write about them. At the same time, Beadles can turn around and write a tender, touching piece or perhaps a comical tune with colorful characters – maybe an uplifting rocker? His artistic palette seems limitless.
Beadles’ musical evolution began as a child growing up in Glendale, California. When he was ten, his mom bought him an old, one-hundred-dollar piano and a future songwriter was born. He picked up playing instruments quickly and was performing in bands by the age of fifteen. He recalls his first big break in the early 90s, “I was in an Oakland-based modern rock/ska band, Mr. Id, we got to open for acts like DEVO, The Tubes, and Dramarama.” He continued as a member of various groups and dabbled in songwriting into his mid-twenties. At that time, college and a new career pulled him away from music. Kevin’s creativity hibernated for the next decade.
By the early 2000s, Beadles focused on honing his songwriting craft. In 2010, he released his debut album titled You Can’t Argue with Water. The CD was an immediate success with its unusual meld of musings and meanings. The tracks ran the gamut from poignant ballads such as “High,” and up-tempo tunes like “Shine.” There was also the macabre – yet humorous – theme of “Mrs. Jones’ Cadillac,” about a bitter divorcee who hauls her past – (and her ex) – in the trunk of a “distinctive” black Caddy. The release of “Shine” created a cascade of serendipity.
Kevin explains, “I was invited to perform live-in-studio on Linda Seabright’s Americana show called ‘On the Road Again’ on NPR.” The appearance caught the ear of Ripple Music who signed him. With more support, Beadles scored synch and licensing deals with MTV, Discovery Channel and had the first of several performances during SXSW (South by Southwest) in Austin, Texas.
Following the success of You Can’t Argue with Water, Beadles channeled one of his influences, those other Beatles from Liverpool. Released in 2011, the award-winning single, “All the Way,” was a Beatles-esque concept piece utilizing vintage analog instruments to examine the downfall of two kings, Elvis Presley and Michael Jackson.
Kevin turned it up a notch in 2015 with another single release entitled, “This Might Get Loud.” The pop/rock tune featured Nashville’s Sharif Iman, and was the Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Song Contest 2014 and also took top prize in the 2015 West Coast Songwriters International Song Contest. This single solidified Kevin Beadles as an established performer and singer-songwriter.
2016 saw the release of “Shouldn’” and “Forty Acres.” “Forty Acres” is a touching gospel-inflected song which looks at intimacy and life’s scars. On the other hand, a tongue-in-cheek and comical look at the typical redneck country song, “Shouldn’,” took off in Europe and became Beadles first charting track, reaching number twenty-six on the ECMA Country Charts.
All Down for Austin – Kevin Beadles In early 2017, Kevin gave his fans a sneak peek at his next project by pre-releasing “All Down for Austin,” featuring legendary drummer Brady Blade (Dylan, Emmylou, Dave Matthews). The song showcases Beadles’ ability to pen a storyline as it replays his band’s first trip to South by Southwest. Kevin’s currently writing and doing studio work on the rest of his forthcoming second full-length album, Be Young Today – due out later in 2018. The project will be a new apex in his eclectic mix of styles.
It is the dichotomy of a sometimes humorous and sometimes serious introspective look at the human condition that makes Kevin Beadles’ brand of art stand apart. His fans love the rollercoaster ride of emotions. You can’t box him in. His thematic and stylistic diversity as a songwriter is akin to one of his literary idols, William Faulkner.
Faulkner once said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” This quote is one of Kevin’s favorites. “I share some of Faulkner’s brooding on how the past haunts the present and future,” he offers. There’s always a story and a song in Kevin Beadles. And if the recent past is any indication, the future looks increasingly bright for a “Beadles” Invasion of California Country music.
Kevin Beadles unites indie pop-rock with the back porch drawl of Gospel, Blues, and alt. country. What you get is roots music with plenty of branches. Grand Prize Winner of the Great American Song Contest. Two Top 30 songs on European country chart.
The Very Best Are Behind Beadles’ Latest Ballad
Kevin Beadles tapped a team of talent to produce his poignantly-penned alt-country ballad with crossover appeal, “I Can’t Hang with You Anymore.”
“If you’re in an abusive relationship with yourself, is it possible to break up with the part of yourself that keeps hurting everyone you love?” – Kevin Beadles
When award-winning singer-songwriter Kevin Beadles penned his latest single, “I Can’t Hang with You Anymore,” he knew the project was so special it justified taking the extra time to place an ultra-talented team behind it. To bring it to life, Kevin called Kevin Beadles upon Bonnie Hayes, producer of a Grammy-nominated album, as well as a group of highly-seasoned pros. Indeed, the very best are behind, “I Can’t Hang with You Anymore,” which is a poignantly-penned, alt-country ballad with crossover appeal.
Over the years, Beadles has proven his artistic skills by garnering awards such as the Great American Song Contest, and by placing two top-30 songs onto the ECMA charts. Kevin is known for his exceptional gift of switching musical modes – going from tongue-in-cheek and up-tempo pieces – to thought-provoking ballads. Within “I Can’t Hang with You Anymore,” Kevin displays an ability to tap into the thought of a character in self-reflective contemplation.
“I Can’t Hang with You Anymore” showcases Kevin’s vocal prowess and knack of placing new twists and themes into his compositions. Beadles explains, “You’ve likely never heard this type of break up song before. In this situation, the singer’s unhealthy relationship is with a negative part of his persona. He is calling it quits with his old ways because it is destroying his relationships.”
Bonnie Hayes (Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Cole) produced ” I Can’t Hang with You Anymore,” performed on the piano, and lent her inimitable background vocals to the track. The song also features the work of telecaster and pedal steel guitar guru, Robert Powell (Peter Gabriel, Jackson Browne). Kevin Hayes (Robert Cray Band, B.B. King) did the session work on drums and Gawain Mathews (Mickey Hart) played on the acoustic guitar.
A new music video supports Kevin’s latest offering which is due to appear on his forthcoming album, Be Young Today. With licensing deals that include MTV and Discovery Channel, as well as past performances at SXSW, Kevin has the talent and the team surrounding him to go anywhere in the world of music. With the release of “I Can’t Hang with You Anymore,” Kevin Beadles proves he can “hang” with any mainstream, Top-40 country act.
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