Kevin Bents is an award-winning songwriter and musician living in New York. “The Honors” is his second collection of songs released on the Bashville label, the first being 2008’s “The Means”. Besides performing his own music, Kevin has toured and recorded extensively with many well-known artists, particularly in Germany as co-producer and musical director for Marius Müller-Westernhagen. In the states his credits include stints with Steely Dan, Boz Scaggs, Phoebe Snow, and Jewel. Kevin’s awards include winning the Billboard Song Contest in the Rock/Alternative category, and 3 Emmy awards for his television writing. Kevin’s music reflects his love of the 3-minute pop song, with influences ranging from Brit-pop to Americana and Soul. The Honors features drum performances by Aaron Comess of the Spin Doctors, Rich Pagano from the Fab Faux, and Doug Yowell from the Suzanne Vega band. The album, like the previous “The Means”, features Kevin on all instruments with various guest vocalists such as Blackbird Recording Artist Deanna Kirk and the Spin Doctors’ Chris Barron.
Kevin Bents performing the song "Walk Away" live in Berlin, April 28th. Performing on tour with Eva Keretic "The Song" series of concerts in Germany. Hear more of Kevin's music at See http://kevinbents.bandcamp.com/ also http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KevinBents See also www.bashville.comDuration: 04:15
Kevin Bents highlights from Songwriter Tour in Germany, end of April 2012. Songs included--Somebody's Got A Hold, Good Life, Not The Kind, Fool On The Moon. Songs appear on Kevin's albums "The Honors" and "The Means". See http://kevinbents.bandcamp.com/ also http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/KevinBents See also www.bashville.com Other artists appearing--Eva Keretic, Rosi Golan, Fontaine Burnett, Yogi JockuschDuration: 04:18
Kevin Bents live performance and interview.Duration: 09:25
The Honors is top-drawer singer-songwriter pop. "Not the Kind" is an excellent mid-tempo track that recalls solo Donald Fagen, the piano-and-guitar number "I Wait" shows off Bents' pop skills, and the spare ballad "Somebody Got a Hold" has staying power.Absolute Powerpop
Bents moves effortlessly somewhere between pop and pathos. The terrifically catchy "Good Life" has everything you need for a worldwide hit. Add to that the Dylan hair and the elaborate dilettantism that he has on guitar and keys. Bents on stage; a real experience.Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung
Here he takes a decidedly Steely Dan vibe with his keyboard on “Not The Kind.” Kevin gives us a touch of soul on “I’ll Wait” and “On The Spot” is a catchy suite of themes with great unexpected tempo changes. The slow ballads “Somebody Got A Hold” and “Sail Down The River” remind me a bit of Peter Gabriel. And the free-form rhythm and composition of “Downtown” and metallic “Constant Contact” are also highlights. This mature LP always lets the melody lead. An adventurous album that’s hard to ignore.Powerpopaholic