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Father-son duo to rock Bozeman

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BOZEMAN – Americana performers Kevin and Dustin Welch are touring Montana for the first time this summer, with August concert dates scheduled in Bozeman, Great Falls and Whitefish.

The duo will play Bozeman’s Peach Street Studios at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 21, as part of the “Live From the Divide” series broadcast on KGLT.

Veteran singer-songwriter Kevin Welch has played more than 1000 shows in his lifetime, but none to date in Montana. For this tour, Kevin plays guitar, and will share the stage with his son Dustin on banjo and resonator guitar.

Kevin has released 10 albums since 1990, and during the past 30 years his songs have been recorded by some of music’s most revered performers. These include country music legends like Roger Miller, Garth Brooks, Ray Price, Charlie Pride and The Highwaymen; bluegrass luminaries Ricky Skaggs, Del McCoury and Earl Scruggs; soul legend Solomon Burke; as well as Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Linda Ronstadt.

Dustin’s travels have taken him from his hometown of Nashville, Tenn., to his current home in Austin, Texas. Music found its way into his life at an early age, but by his own account he didn’t get serious until he was 8 years old. He eventually taught himself banjo, devising a unique bare-fingered, open-tuned style heavy on Appalachian-flavored grooves.

Since relocating to Austin, Dustin has released two albums independently and become devoted to the San Marcos, Texas chapter of Soldier Songs and Voices, a weekly songwriting and guitar workshop for veterans of the Armed Forces.

When you take two lifelong musicians and factor in the easy camaraderie between father and son, good things happen. Doors open at 8 p.m. for the Aug. 21 show.

Tickets can be purchased in advance at Bozeman’s Cactus Records and at Peach Street Studios on the night of the show, based on availability.

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