Artist: Kevin Bowe featuring Paul Westerberg
Song: "Everybody Lies"
Album: Natchez Trace
"I've been pals with Paul Westerberg since about 1981, toured and recorded with him. We have a long tradition of leaving 'gifts' for each other on the doorstep since he lives close by," Minneapolis rocker Kevin Bowe tells Rolling Stone. "I left him a Fender amp once, he left me an Epiphone Casino that I use all the time."
Bowe's gifting system with the former Replacements frontman came in handy when Bowe was preparing his album Natchez Trace, out August 1st on Okemah Prophets. "I had written this song 'Everybody Lies' but it needed a bridge, so I left a recording of it on his doorstep 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," Bowe explains. "The cherry on top was when Wilco was in town a bit after that and a friend of mine hooked me up with Nels Cline, who put the 'Chuck Berry on acid' guitar solo on it. Nels was fantastic, and probably the tallest non-NBA man I've ever met."