“It ain’t the cover, but it ain’t bad.” So says Kevin Bowe on his nice little boost today from RollingStone.com, which selected the Minneapolis music vet’s Paul Westerberg-assisted song “Everybody Lies” as its Daily Download. Click here to see/hear it.
The bandleader for Alison Scott and his own Okemah Prophets -- who toured as Westerberg’s guitarist in 2006 and has written and produced for the likes of Jonny Lang – told the magazine how he and the ex-Replacements frontman have traded music equipment and recordings in their Southwest Minneapolis neighborhood in recent years, which led to Paul writing the bridge for the song.
“I left a recording of it on his doorstep,” he tells Rolling Stone, “and only a couple of days later, it boomeranged back to me with this very Westerbergian circle of fifths bridge thing, plus some other ideas to 'handsome up' the song, as he put it.”
Wilco guitar wiz Nels Cline – “the tallest non-NBA man I’ve ever met,” Bowe says – also contributed a solo for the recording. It comes from Bowe’s recently released solo album, “Natchez Trace,” which also features guest such as Bob Dylan’s “Desire” violinist Scarlet Rivera, the Jayhawks’ Tim O’Reagan, Chuck Prophet and Freedy Johnston. The latter songwriter pal has been using Bowe and the rest of Scott’s band as his own at recent gigs. You can catch them backing Scott again Saturday night at the Dakota (8 p.m., $12).