If Kevin Buchanan has proved one thing since appearing on the country music horizon, its how in sync one persons heart and soul can be with their music. In a genre filled with acts making hit driven music, the California native has remained true to his style of not being afraid to break down musical barriers, and it shows in the integrity of the songs that he writes.
Born Kevin Lee Buchanan in Loma Linda California in 1971, he grew up in the shadow of the mountains living in a modest home in the High Desert town of Hesperia. Music was an important part of Kevins life at an early age. With his mothers voice as an inspiration and her love of sweet harmony, Kevin soaked it all up. Kevin also began to play drums at age eight and throughout his teens was in bands and music groups. Starting at age 13 and lasting through his high school years, he played in a Christian rock band called Master. The group, who wrote all original music, provided a unique foundation and learning experience for him. "I started learning to write songs, fueled from the musical inspiration around me"
In Kevins early 20s he sang and played in the night clubs and bars throughout the Mojave Desert and continued to hone his song craft, his voice and his acoustic guitar playing in such desert bands as Bullseye and the David Davis Group. Kevin was always a team player and worked well with each project he was a part of. When he was 22 Kevin became a member of the Roy Rogers Jr. and the Highriders band. They performed western shows and were part of many functions throughout the west. These included functions such as The End of Trail Western Expo and the Western Lifestyle Expo at the Denver Convention Center. There were also community and private functions such as celebrity banquets and silent auctions for the Happy Trail Childrens Foundation. The band also showcased routinely at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evens Museum in Victorville California.
As part of the Highriders, he and the talented group played clubs, casinos and private corporate functions throughout the region as well. I valued and believed in the music and style that Roy Rogers and all the singing cowboys and cowgirls brought to the world. I was blessed to be a part of that.
Kevin began a solo career path and worked on a solo studio CD called Silvertown. Besides writing all the songs, he also produced the album and worked with a very inspiring group of musicians including Jaydee Maness known for his signature steel sound in the Desert Rose Band and in Buck Owens inspiring the famous Bakersfield sound. Also, veteran session player Dennis Caplinger is featured. Many other respected local players appear on the album as well, most of them being long time friends. Silvertown is a collection of songs that work well together to give a good feel of the road. Its open highway, part nomad, part lovesick straight ahead, with one eye in the rearview mirror country.
Since the release of Silvertown, Kevin and his band showcased the album and played various shows throughout the west. Silvertown also faired well in Europe and received an award for 50,000 radio spins certified gold for airplay from the International Country Music Association.
Kevin again went back into Hummingbird Studios, and in 2003 worked on his latest studio release "Every passing Moment" (Oct 2004 release.)
The new CD features 10 new cuts including the songs The Outlaw Side The Race and She Flys which have been showcased on local country radio. Kevin and his band have been playing songs from Every Passing Moment at his shows, and they are fast becoming crowd favorites.
Every Passing Moment is a diverse CD and musically it shows some Kevins Broad musical influences and his ability to capture some real emotion. Kevin produced and engineered this album. . Two Songs were co-written with Jeremy Buck Wayne Popejoy of Gina Hates Me.
Local Musicians, such as with Silvertown, returned to lay down tracks on this CD, with the addition of Mo Grundy on blues harp, Matt Starner from Roy Rogers Jr. on steel guitar and Tom Barnett on bass. Every passing Moment definitely reaches out to a broad audience as heard on cuts like The Race and the jazzy Dreaming of You
Kevin and his band Desert Star are currently showcasing songs from the albums Silvertown and Every Passing Moment this also includes opening shows for major acts. They are currently booking dates for 2008 doing all special events including: Concerts, Nightclubs, Rodeos and Fairs playing a variety of county and western music, classic rock, oldies and standards.
As a vocal stylist with a traditional flavor to his music Kevin adds a bit of western influence to a very modern sound, putting him on the cutting edge of today's new country music
Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce CA
Back street Inn Club - Laguna Beach, CA
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce - CA
Biltmore Hotel -- Los Angeles, CA
Bit + Spur Dancehall - Big Bear, CA -
The Boot Scoot Club - Hesperia, CA -
The Branding Iron - San Bernardino, CA - "CMA club of the year"
The Bucking Horse - Lucerne Valley, CA -
Buffalo Bills Hotel and Casino - Prim/Stateline, NV - -
The Barn - Newberry Springs, CA -
The Bum Steer Club- Apple Valley, CA -
Cactus Corral - Palm Springs, CA -
Calico Dance Hall - Lancaster, CA -
Celebrity Golf Diner Partys - Victorville Fairgrounds, CA
City Of Palm Springs Concert series
Cocky Bull Victorville, CA
Colin Raye opening shows Maverick stadium X2
Cottonwood Hoedown - Morongo Valley,CA - Corporate dinners -
Denver Convention Center - CO - Western Lifestyles shows -
Thomas Mack Stadium - Apple Valley, CA - Lead Vocals - pre show Diamond Rio and Tracy Lawrence concert
End Of Trail - Norco, CA - Western shootout -
Edwards Mansion Redlands, CA - Casual -
Family Fest 96 - Palm Springs, CA -
Roy Rogers and Dale Evens Museum - Victorville, CA - Western Shows
The Harvey House - Barstow, CA -
The Hayloft - Big Bear, CA -
Hesperia Chamber of Commerce - CA
Jonnies Night Club - Yuma, AZ
Leizure World - Seal Beach, CA
76 Oil Corporation - Mojave, CA
Multiple corporate casuals in High desert area - CA
Maverick Stadium - Adelanto, CA
Montanas San Dimas, CA
Nashville Music Festival - TN
Nevada Landing Hotel and Casino - Jean, NV
Oasis Hotel and Casino - Mesquite, NV -
Palapas Gardens Palm Springs , CA
The Ponderosa - Apple Valley, CA -
Pioneer Town Club -Yucca Valley, CA -
Pow Wow Days - Apple Valley, CA -
Rubys Night Club - Barstow, CA -
8 seconds - Hesperia, CA Club-
The Rocking Horse Club- Idaho Falls, ID -
San Manuel Hotel and Casino
Spotlight 29 Casino - Indio, CA
Stockmans Club Brawley, CA
Private Banquet - Victorville, CA with The Sons Of The San Joaquin -
Victor Valley Museum CA
Western Music Association Festival Tuscon AZ
Who's on First - Barstow, CA
Other Appearances Continued **
Adelanto City private and public functions
Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce events
Big Bear Chamber of Commerce
Barstow Chamber of Commerce events
Hesperia City functions
Newberry Springs town activities
City of Palm Springs
Byway Entertainment Palm Springs, CA Shows
Ken Green Entertainment
American Legion shows
Happy Trails Childrens Foundation
76 OIL Corp.
Its A Hit Production
SASS events and private shows
San Bernardino County Sheriff
TV - Radio:
KATJ Country Album Spotlight Silvertown with Ken Bailey
KATJ one hour special Kevin Buchanan songwriting and career
TV 55 - Country artist Kevin Buchanan spotlight and interview
KVVT - Country Corral TV show hosted by Ray Crawford
Highway Country FM 107 and 101 - Victorville - Las Vegas
Jay Stevens Show interviews
Y102 - BJ Kelley interviews
KIXX 106 - Radio promotions
KATJ 100.7 - Radio promotions
Daily Press - Artist spotlight - Victor Valley, CA
Desert Post weekly - Palm Springs - CA
Desert Dispatch - Barstow, CA
Big Bear News - Big Bear, CA
Showbiz Magazine - Las Vegas, NV
The Sun - San Bernardino/Riverside
The Daily Bulletin Inland Empire, CA
Studio Experience: Hummingbird Recording, Apple Valley CA
Silvertown Project: 10 song full production album 1999 Every Passing Moment 10 song Full Production album 2004
Songs written and Produced by Kevin Buchanan
Published by Mescal River Publishing
23rd Productions - demos
BMI-writer and publishing
Western Music Association
Mescal River Publishing (BMI)
World Wide Web:
I was a drummer growing up. Still am I guess. But all the great singer/songwriter/country/hellraisin california artists like "Buck" and "Merle" inspired me to start writing and gettin out in front some 15 odd years ago.
Peavy sound re-enforcement, takamini guitars, Tama drums, Sure mics...
California country !