If Kevin Bilchik’s music was your last meal, it would be a smorgasbord of styles and traditions, tied together with an undeniable flavor of the blues. Bilchik’s songs range from upbeat rhythm and blues tunes about love found and awkwardly lost, to introspective folk and country songs about life and family. Throw in a few minor-key tales about growing up, and getting lost, in the 21st century American landscape, and you're starting to get the picture. With his precise and soulful rhythm on the acoustic guitar, Kevin guides each song with purpose and energy, with an intent to draw the listener into his lyrics and emotions. Combining his wry modern perspective, with the roots and Americana music that he loves, Bilchik can make you laugh, smile, cry, and tap your toes, all in under four minutes.
Born in a city famous for blues music--St. Louis, Missouri--singer/songwriter Kevin Bilchik explored a wide variety of musical terrain before happily settling into the musical heritage that his city is known for. “I was inspired by so many artists and genres,” Bilchik says, “from folk and rock, to bluegrass and punk, but one day I finally realized that my voice was just made to sing blues music.”
The Kevin Bilchik Band came together over time, starting with a two-piece rhythm section, featuring well traveled percussionist R. Scott Bryan and stalwart bassist Eric Warren. When Kevin heard guitarist Matt Rowland playing a soulful slide guitar on a local radio station, he immediately reached out to Matt to bring him in for a gig, one of many to come. As luck would have it, Bilchik found the missing piece of his roots and blues sound when he heard saxophonist Charlie Cerpa sitting in with some friends for a jam session.
The Kevin Bilchik Band, in its entirety, debuted not long after, and never looked back. “Everyone in the band brings his own unique sound to the stage,” Kevin says, “but they are always looking for what the song needs at every moment, and that is what I respect and love about playing with these guys. And it’s a hell of a lot of fun!”