Hello, we’re Kelly Bowlin and the Orphans. We’re an Alt-Country Rock act, call it Americana, or call it “Ugly Country.” Call it a Duck that growls like a Lion if you want to label it. We’re Steve Earle meets The Who, Gram Parsons playing a Mandolin through a Marshall Stack. Lester Flatt sitting in with Tom Petty. As a band, we’ve been together for 15 years. Longer than the Beatles!
The only rule in music these days is that there are no rules. There is no “theme” to our latest release, it’s just a collection Rock, Country, Bluegrass, and Lullaby’s. We think it’s Ugly Country or Americana, but we’re not sure. Google isn’t overly specific on the subject. At the very least, it’s what we grew up on, it’s what we play now.
We were originally called “The Kelly Bowlin Band,” but that slowly morphed into Kelly Bowlin and The Orphans.
We’ve released three CD’s and are proudly debuting a fourth, titled, “Are You Listening” which includes 3-specific styles we play: Americana, Alter-Ego Rock, and Softly Spoken (which includes a children’s lullaby and other love songs.) All original, all heartfelt, and all coming to a Theater, Bar, or Honkey Tonk near you.
The late great Buddy Blue of “The Beat Farmers,” (and writer for San Diego Weekly) said it best one night. We had opened for them at a club in Orange County, California, did our 40-minute set, and received a solid standing ovation. In the hallway outside of the dressing rooms, Buddy stopped me, and after asking me what my Octave Mandolin was, proceeded to say we rocked and were gonna be a tough act to follow. Meant more than anything we’d ever heard or seen.
We’ve earned some fabulous recognition over time, which you can read about in more detail on our Press page, but suffice it to say that we’re a good band, no, we’re a great band. We bring a sound that’s hard to classify, which is the way we like it. In 2004 we won the Orange County Music Award for Best Classic Rock Band, and a year later won Best Americana at The Riverside County Music Awards, and THEN, a year later won Best Roots Rock Band at the prestigious Southern California Music Awards Show at the fabulous Grand Theater in San Pedro, California.
So take a look, have a listen, come see us live, tell us what YOU think. We’d like to know. Thanks.
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