Kevin Beadles

Kevin Beadles

 Berkeley, California, USA
BandAmericanaClassic Rock

Award-winning Americana rock influenced by Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams, and Neil Young. Kevin Beadles' music unites classic rock with the back porch drawl of gospel, blues and alt. country. What you get is roots music with plenty of branches.

Biography

RECENT HIGHLIGHTS
• Award-winning songwriter with 12 prizes in international competitions, including 2014 Great American Song Contest - Grand Prize Winner

• Signed by Ripple Music - debut CD reached #4 on CMJ charts, received airplay across North America, Europe & Southeast Asia

• Music licensed licensed to MTV, Discovery Channel & nationwide subscription service (restaurants, retail, etc.)

• Articles/Interviews/Reviews in USA Today, Classic Rock Magazine, GuitarWorld, Rock and Roll Report, etc.

• South-by-Southwest Festival 2012, 2013, 2014

• Featured Artist (2x each):  My Tune TV (KMVT 15), Next Big Thing podcast (Cologne, Germany), Linda Seabright's On the Road Again! (KRCB 91FM, NPR affiliate), Live From Bay 6 (Harwood Podcast Network)

QUOTES
• "Kevin Beadles is clearly a force to be reckoned with.  His songs are emotionally complex, ingenuously crafted and instantly appealing.  He is a gifted new artist who truly impresses on every level." --Steve Cahill, Executive Director, Great American Song Contest

• "Beadles plays a sublime kind of music… In many respects, You Can't Argue With Water is cleansing… nurturing our thirst for pristine talent." --Bill Sullivan, Senior Music Writer, Rock and Roll Report

"Kevin's lyrics are inspired, insightful and quirky. He writes hooky songs about real life and delivers them with a passionate, soulful voice." --Steve Seskin, grammy-nominated writer of seven #1 songs

• "Kevin Beadles is an amazing artist who manages to go deep while maintaining a pop sensibility that is irresistible." --Scott Mathews, multi-platinum producer/arranger/musician (Elvis Costello, Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Van Morrison, etc.)

Lyrics

Shine

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
If the sun should ditch the sky for a fling one night
And the moon one day should find a younger planet to hang out with
Would you doubt for even one split second that our love
Would still burn just as bright

CHORUS
We'll still shine, we'll still shine
We'll keep shining if the stars all fade to black
We'll stay high, we'll still find
The spark that keeps our hearts lit, even when the world seems darkest
We'll still shine, shine

VERSE 2
If the years should try to crush what's inside of us
If they hope in time we'll self-destruct because jealous eyes can't bear
To stare at something that's not cynical and dark
Just like their jaded hearts, but...

CHORUS'
We'll still shine, we'll still shine
We'll keep shining like a diamond cut by time
We'll stay high, we'll still find
That when life tries to crush us, we'll just wipe away the dust and
We'll still shine, shine

BRIDGE
Never gonna, never gonna
Never gonna lose this feeling
Never gonna, never gonna
Ever let it die

CHORUS'
We'll still shine, we'll still shine
We'll be shining when we leave this world behind
We'll stay high, we'll still find
That like atoms smashed together, we'll explode into forever
And we'll shine, we'll still shine

TAG
We will shine, shine

High

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
She's so perfect and lovely
Our two worlds can't be the same
She's so far above me
I'm just glad she knows my name

LIFT
Every time I think about her
The part of me that dreams starts shouting

CHORUS
I just wanna get high
Climb up to her sky
Be part of her life
I just wanna pretend
That I could fit in
Be part of her life

VERSE 2
From my desk three rows behind her
I can sometimes see her face
When I do, it's a perfect reminder
That up there is not my place

LIFT
It's ten feet but I can't walk it
I might as well try to fly a rocket

CHORUS
I just wanna get high
Climb up to her sky
Be part of her life
I just wanna pretend
That I could fit in

BRIDGE
Sometimes she's standing close enough
Her scent obscures my reason
My body yearns to soak it up
I close my eyes and breathe in

CHORUS (solo)

CHORUS'
I just wanna get high
Climb up in her sky
Be part of her life
I just wanna believe
That she could see me
As part of her
As part of her
Part of her life

Caroline

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
I said, Caroline
Them college boys ain't worth a Liberty dime
They won't be calling you come summer time
But you could still come home to me

VERSE 2
Caroline
Every sinner's got an equal right
To strike a bargain for a sweeter life
But you'd be better off with me

CHORUS
Caroline, I kept waiting for you
Caroline, I kept praying for the day you'd break away
From all the shiny things that blinded you
But now there's nothing I can do except to say goodbye to you
Caroline

VERSE 3
Caroline
I'm dressed in black like graduation night
The tassel's flipped, the cap's flown in the sky
And now it's fallen back to me

CHORUS
Caroline, I kept waiting for you
Caroline, I kept praying for the day you'd break away
From all the shiny things that blinded you
But now there's nothing I can do except to say goodbye to you
Caroline

BRIDGE
I still remember that sixteen year old girl who
Dressed herself in henna and sang a widow's song to
Golden summers gone and springs that never come and
Now I find

VERSE' 4
Caroline
They found a needle laying by your side
They breathed in deeply but you'd crossed the line
They sent your body home to me
They sent your body home to me
You're finally coming home to me

This Might Get Loud (WCS Pop category)

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
Scared money never wins
You can't fall in love and be half-in
I'm ready now, I'm laying down
All my defenses

I seen the look behind your eyes
Past camouflage and alibis
The fitting in, the laying low
The we're just friends, you know

PRE-CHORUS
If we ain't careful here
If we let it out
We might whisper what we're feeling
And let our bodies shout

CHORUS
This might get real, this might get loud
This might get really loud (2X)
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, come on now
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, yeah, yeah

VERSE 2
I wanna rock with you when I get old
Like Springsteen at the Super Bowl
And strut the stage as if to say
That "This is holy!"

One life can be long enough
If you spend it with the ones you love
And grab each day as if to say
It's all or nothing

PRE-CHORUS
If we ain't careful here
If we let it out
We might whisper what we're feeling
And let our bodies shout

CHORUS'
This might get real, this might get loud
This might get really loud (2X)
(instrumental passage)
REAL! LOUD!

PRE-CHORUS
Let's take a chance
See where we can go
If we give it just a spark
We'll watch a rocket glow

CHORUS
It will be real, it will be loud
It will be really loud (2X)
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, come on now
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, yeah, yeah

VERSE 3 (half-verse)
My heart is beating through my skin
But I feel a quiet space within
I'm ready now, I'm laying down
All my defenses

CHORUS"
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, come on now
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, yeah, yeah
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, come on now
REAL! LOUD! Yeah, come on now

Ms. Odine (WCS Americana category)

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
Out of the Bayou
Come tales that shake your knees
One just stopped my heart
Ms. Odine of New Orleans

They say when she wears red
Roses look like thorns
Sweetest scent ever known
That's how her legend was born

PRE-CHORUS
I had to know if it's true
Went down South to find you

CHORUS
Odine, Odine
Ms. Odine of New Orleans
Tell me now, Ms. Odine
Are you real or just a dream?

HORN RIFF

VERSE 2
I questioned all the artists
Who paint in Jackson Square
They said, "Boy, you might find her
But you haven't got a prayer"

One said, "She's a changer
An old witch in disguise"
"Look among the marchers
For her violet voodoo eyes"

PRE-CHORUS
I didn't know what was true
Just knew I had to find you

CHORUS
Odine, Odine
Ms. Odine of New Orleans
Tell me now, Ms. Odine
Are you real or just a dream?

HORN RIFF

VERSE' 3
Just when the trail seemed dead
And I didn't have a clue
A fortune teller told me, "Son
Don't worry, she'll find you"

PRE-CHORUS
I hoped that gypsy was right
'Cause I had visions of you every night

CHORUS
Odine, Odine
Ms. Odine of New Orleans
Tell me now, Ms. Odine
Are you real...

BRIDGE
Or was I only dreaming
I heard quiet singing
Slowly leading
Leading this moth to your flame

VERSE 4
I'm staring at your vault
Ms. Odine of Vieux Carre
Born 1827
But there's no death date

And on one marbled side
All your husbands names are carved
But the name at the bottom
Has me reaching for my heart

PRE-CHORUS'
Now I'm lying in your bed
In love's sweet decay
You whisper in my ear
"Darling, Happy Wedding Day"

CHORUS'
Odine, Odine... Dreaming of you every night
Odine, Odine... Visions of those violet eyes
Odine, Odine... Hoping that one day you'd find me
Odine, Odine... And dreaming that you'd hold me tight

Odine, Odine... Oh, Ms. Odine of New Orleans
Odine, Odine... Tell me now, Ms. Odine, are you real?

Club Shred (WCS Humorous category)

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
Thursday night, tonight's my turn
I've waited a month to share my new song
And to see how it gets burned

INTRO

VERSE 2
I'll probably get ripped for having... gaps
In the middle of phrases, all that
Respect the natural language Pat... pat-TIS-on crap

LIFT
Well, first they'll thrash you, then they'll clap

CHORUS
Club Shred is back in session
Paying hard cash to have Steve Seskin
Kick your ass

VERSE 3
I think there's some pronoun problems here
Lynn disagrees and Lisa's Skyping
That the message is unclear

LIFT
And Joey thinks this lift is weird

CHORUS
Club Shred is back in session
Paying hard cash to watch Steve Seskin
Kick your ass
Yeah, it's a Master Torture Class

BRIDGE
Three hours of abuse
Soon followed by the do the re-write blues

SOLO

CHORUS'
Club Shred is back in session
Paid lessons in watching Steve Seskin
Kick your ass
Yeah, it's a Master Torture Class
Watching our babies getting thrashed
I wouldn't be here if I wrote the Monster Mash

All the Way (WCS Adult Contemporary category)

Written By: Kevin Beadles

INTRO

VERSE 1
As a boy he dreamed of being big as Elvis
Raised up on the stage, he sang and danced and by the age of
Twelve his childhood was moved to Hollywood
So he could be a star
 
CHORUS
He's going all the way
He's going all the way
He's climbing to the top, he's never gonna stop
Till he's got it made
Got it made

INTRO (1/2)
 
VERSE 2
Fully grown and somehow always still a child
He built his Graceland with a Ferris wheel he rode so high that
While his critics sing, he's off marrying
The daughter of the King
 
CHORUS
He's going all the way
He's going all the way
He's climbing to the top, he's never gonna stop
Till he's got it made
Got it made
 
BRIDGE
Now come the Vegas years, he's looking pale, more sad than weird
Racing straight into a wall, the dream is dying, if only he could fall
Asleep

VERSE 3
On a grassy slope in Glendale, California
As his records soar, he was finally ushered through a
Door transcending fame where Elvis knows your name
And children never age
 
CHORUS
He's going all the way
He's going all the way
He's climbing to the top, he's never gonna stop
Till he's got it made
Got it made

INTRO

Discography

July 13, 2010 (Ripple Music): "You Can't Argue with Water"
May 2007 (Tactile Records): "Live at MuscleTone"
Sept 2005 (Tactile Records): "Beautiful Bastards"
June 2003 (Tactile Records): "Modoc Street Sessions"