In the Chair is a regular feature on Eventalaide, highlighting artists from across Australia and occasionally overseas. 21 Questions and everyone gets the same questions. It is just meant to be a bit of fun so please treat it as such.
Questions by Geoff Jenke
When front man for legendary Australian band, Jedediah, went solo, he released the music under the name Bob Evans. His first solo album, Suburban Songbook, was released in 2006 and in April 2021 Bob released his latest album, Tomorrowland with an Australian tour planned in support of it. Of course, things this year didn’t go to plan and his Adelaide gig, originally slated for June finally happened in December.
Name: Kevin Mitchell
Alias: Bob Evans
In less than 50 words describe your music, your band (if applicable) and yourself.
I am a songwriter who plays guitar and sings and attempts to entertain.
What was the first record you bought with your own money and where from?
Ratcat “Tingles” EP from Bull Creek Compact City, which was an independent music shop in my local suburban shopping centre when I was a kid.
60’s or 70’s Music:
I’m going to lean towards the 60’s only because my discovery of music by The Beatles had a profound effect on me although these days, I’m more inclined to listen to music from the 70’s as I’m still discovering a lot of interesting stuff from that decade today that I’d previously missed.
What music are you currently listening to?
The War On Drugs, DMA’s, The Bangles, The Smiths, The Stone Roses, Blur
The Best live artist/band you’ve seen:
The Stone Roses in Fremantle days after my 18th birthday in 1995 and Bjork at Radio City Music Hall
Your “In the mood for love” song;
“Protection” by Massive Attack
Your favourite Saturday night party record?
The “Singles” movie soundtrack
Your favourite Sunday morning chill out record?
“Tapestry “by Carol King
Which song do you wish you had written?
None. I love them too much because they came from the artist. It wouldn’t be the same if I’d written them.
Roger Daltry once said “Rock N Roll has no future”. Do you agree with him?
No and he has been proven wrong, hasn’t he? Rock and roll still exists, it’s just changed and evolved.
Vinyl, CD or Streaming?
I love vinyl but I also listen to a lot of music through streaming services because it’s convenient. I no longer own a CD player.
If you could record or play live with any artist (dead or alive), who would it be?
What is the most useless talent you have?
I can fall asleep anywhere.
Your finest recorded moment?
My last album.
If you could open a show for any artist/band, who would it be?
Stuck on a desert island for a year and can only take three albums. What would they be?
1. Tapestry by Carol King
2. Retriever by Ron Sexsmith
3. In Utero by Nirvana
Favourite all time movie:
Life is Beautiful
Who would you rather be for a day, Mick Jagger or Keith Richard?
Best show you have ever played in your career:
I couldn’t judge. That’s up to the audience.
Paul McCartney or Neil Young?
Paul by a whisker.
Who is the nicest person in Rock n Roll at the moment?
What do you hope the next 12 months holds for you?
Lots of work.
Bob’s gig at the Grace Emily Adelaide on Thursday 9th December was a joyous affair for both artist and audience. Bob was just glad to be out playing live again and we punters, glad to be getting the chance to watch musicians from interstate again.
Bob played a lot of songs, starting with Always You and the brilliant Concrete Heart. He then worked his way through songs from all his albums, although all the while promoting his latest release Tomorrowland. And fair enough too as it is a great album. He told stories about songs “This is my Adelaide song” … “this is my Perth song” … etc, stories about reviews he has had and just life in general. The crowd lapped it all up.
Bob played solo with nothing to hide behind except his guitar and harmonica but the sound was full and at times I was looking for a second guitarist on stage. He finished with an inspiring version of Born Yesterday, walking off stage to rousing cheers. This was my first Bob Evans live experience. It won’t be my last.
You can check out Bob on his website.
And follow Bob on the usual social media sites.
Check out the album Tomorrowland on usual streaming sites. You won’t be disappointed. Here’s a sample to tempt you:
Did you make the connection with the song and the title of this article? 😜