Bob Evans, the ARIA winning alter ego of Jebediah frontman Kevin Mitchell, has announced an extensive national Australian tour.
He’s hitting up capital cities and regional towns across April, May and June, letting fans know he’ll be treating them to a complimentary six track EP, Zeroes To Heroes, of unreleased material for all tickets purchased from his website and online outlets. And Katoomba has made the list.
Gracing the Australian music scene for more than two decades, Mitchell is a self-confessed romantic who has written some of the country’s most beloved songs.
Under the alias of Bob Evans, Mitchell has released five albums, all of which showcase the versatility and skill of this talented songsmith.
Gentle, acoustic melodies prevail, enveloping the classic folk storytelling and strong emotional pull that characterises Mitchell’s substantial body of work.
Reflecting on his remarkable career, the ever-humble Mitchell says, “I never could have foreseen where all of this was going to lead way back when I was a teenager just starting out, making an almighty racket with Jebediah. I have been gifted a pretty amazing life and career and I still get such a huge buzz out of it. Knowing there are people out there who have been supporting me for years and years just blows me away and makes me want to be better.”
Thrilled to embark on such a wide-ranging tour, Mitchell still cherishes the special connection experienced between the performer and the audience, “I'm still really drawn to getting up on stage in front of a room full of strangers and giving myself over to that experience, and trying to create something out of nothing for us all to share.
“I've honestly been doing it for such a long time now that I wouldn't know what else to do with myself. A lot of the time, I feel more comfortable and more myself when I'm onstage than off of it and the feeling of satisfaction I get from playing a good show is unbeatable.”
And what is to be expected from this show?
“I'll be playing songs from across all of my records, a few covers too… I'll take requests and then screw them up. We'll all be firm friends by the end of the night.”
Tickets to the gig at the Clarendon Guesthouse in Katoomba on Wednesday, May 3, from www.bobevans.com.au.