Kolvane is a musician/artist from Portland, Ore. who founded the Rose City Kings in 2002. In four years his band has released three albums and has toured with Chicago Blues legend Jody Williams.
Because of Kolvane's success with the Rose City Kings, he was asked to be the vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for a DVD project called "Secrets of the Pros."
Produced by Chris Isaak's lead guitarist, Herschel Yatovitz, Kolvane flew to The Plant Studios in Sausalito, Calif. to record and film the project with a hand-picked group of talented musicians.
Kolvane was joined by Dennis Chambers on drums, Benny Rietveld on bass, Rafael Padilla on percussion, backup vocalist Linda Hornbuckle and Steve Kerin on keyboards.
The result is a two-track CD titled They Called Me Evil that's been described as dirty and aggressive Blues rock.
Yatovitz has been quoted as saying, "Producing They Called Me Evil with Kolvane was one of those rare experiences where the artist has a vision which includes body, soul and meaning. He also has a surplus of talent and skill. This makes the production and recording process one of simply unwrapping the gem, rather than having to search for one."
According to cdbaby.com, the first song on the CD, They Called Me Evil, is about a man who spends his nights sitting on a tombstone. Although he is only practicing his religious faith based on African crossroads traditions, he is alienated and feared by people in the community.
The bonus track on the CD, titled Reckless Sinner, is a solo performance by Kolvane that deals with a man's search for redemption in a world that has labeled him a sinner.
I don't know anything about the Rose City Kings but after listening to Kolvane's most recent project, an interest has been kindled in me.
Both songs on the CD are fresh and powerful, and have been described as infectious. This is true as I found myself playing the songs over and over again.
Of course it helps to surround yourself with musicians that have played with Parliament and Funkadelic, Santana, Miles Davis, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston and Joe Cocker. But still, Kolvane wrote the songs.
With a style a bit like Stevie Ray Vaughan's and a voice with a bit of Randy Newman in it, I'm sure it won't be long before Kolvane is better well known than he is now.