Today's Song You Should Know: 'Life Down Here On Earth' By Kevin Welch

Post by: Rick Ellis 08 October, 2020

Certain songs just evoke a certain place or time. That's certainly the case with 1995's "Life Down Here On Earth," from the criminally underappreciated Kevin Welch. The track was the lead single from his album of the same name and his first release after two major label albums on Reprise. Welch had developed a reputation as a thoughtful and distinctive songwriter in Nashville and his 1990 "Kevin Welch" album spawned a string of singles that were almost country hits. If trends were to be believed, "Life Down Here On Earth" should have been the long-awaited commercial success Welch deserved.

And yet for whatever reason, that didn't happen. It's certainly not for a lack of quality. "Life Down Here On Earth" is a rollicking, wry reflection on fate that sounds like it was recorded by the best Deep South roadside band you'll ever hear. It's piano and fiddle-driven beat is the type of music that Dr. John made popular for everyone who was never enough to make it to New Orleans. It's a song that deserves to be heard in a smoky room filled with happy people that are about a half a beer from being too drunk to drive.

Welch has continued to release albums in the years since, including 2018's "Dust Devil." He now lives near Austin, where he also teaches songwriting workshops. There are a lot of great songs Kevin Welch songs to fall in love with and there isn't a better place to start than "Life Down Here On Earth."


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