Rock triple bill to invade RIBCO Friday

Posted Online: Dec. 12, 2012, 12:33 pm
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By Jonathan Turner,
A triple bill of acclaimed pop-rock artists -- Alison Scott, Freedy Johnston and Kevin Bowe -- with the same backing band will play Rock Island Brewing Company, 1815 2nd Ave., Friday at 9 p.m. Cover is$8.

Mr. Bowe and Ms. Scott, both based in Minneapolis, performed together at RIBCO in November 2010. Over the past year, they'vebeen touring the Midwest with Mr. Johnston using one backing band and "the response has been overwhelming," she recently said. The group -- formally known as the Okemah Prophets -- features Peter Anderson(Polara, Honeydogs) on drums, Steve Price (2 Tickets 2 Paradise, Rex Daisy) on bass, and Mr.Bowe (Jonny Lang, Etta James) on guitar.

Mr. Bowe became the first writer signed by legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in over 20 years, and he'scollaborated with Leo Kottke, The Rembrandts, Paul Westerberg (former Replacements frontman), Lynyrd Skynyrd, Richie Sambora, Chuck Prophet, John Mayall, Three Dog Night and Delbert McClinton.

His songs also havebeen featured in many movies and shows like "The Sopranos," "Where The Heart Is," "The Tonight Show," "Boston Public," "The Young & the Restless," "Austin City Limits," ESPN, VH1, CMT and MTV.

Mr. Bowe's new CD is "NatchezTrace," which features Mr. Westerberg, Nels Cline (Wilco), Chuck Prophet, Freedy Johnston, and the Meat Puppets. Of Ms. Scott, the Minneapolis Star Tribune raved: "She's got pipes, personality, and an undeniable soulfulness."

Mr. Johnston is a Kansas native who now divides his time between New York City and Madison, Wis. From his rough-and-tumble debut, "The Trouble Tree," to his most recent album, "Rain On The City," he returns to themes of loss, tough luck, and bad timing.


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