It’s Bob or Bub – not that Jebe­diah guy

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– of­ten the wrong ones – have come thick and fast at Kevin Mitchell since he formed al­ter ego Bob Evans al­most 15 years ago. De­vised to de­flect at­ten­tion from his rock band Jebe­diah, Bob Evans the singer­song­writer now laughs off the odd howler.

‘‘A lot of the time peo­ple think I’m called Bob Evans and that’s fine but I draw the line when peo­ple say I’m Bob Evans from Jebe­diah be­cause that de­feats the whole point,’’ Mitchell says. ‘‘The fun­ni­est time was while record­ing the last al­bum in Nashville and peo­ple started call­ing me Bub Evans.’’Iden­tity is­sues aside, nam­ing him­self Bob Evans on three solo al­bums has given Mitchell room to ex­per­i­ment. Mov­ing to­wards an acous­tic style, he marked clear ground be­tween Bob Evans and his ca­reer­launch­ing Perth band. ‘‘I al­ways wanted to dis­tance my­self from the band so that peo­ple would know they are two dif­fer­ent things,’’ he says. ‘‘As Bob Evans I never wanted to sing Jebe­diah songs acous­ti­cally so it was really about try­ing to avoid dis­ap­point­ing peo­ple.’’ The fourth Bob Evans al­bum, Fa­mil­iar Stranger, tack­les life and death with Mitchell de­scrib­ing the record as his most per­sonal. The birth of his daugh­ter Ella Jean of­fered cel­e­bra­tion, while the death of a fam­ily mem­ber tugged at more som­bre emo­tions. Ella Jean is be­lieved to be the in­spi­ra­tion Won­der­ful You, though the first­time dad won’t ad­mit it. He took a big­ger risk on In An­other Time, which ap­pears to re­veal a past lover Mitchell is try­ing to move on from, a song his wife Kris­ten nick­named ‘‘the mar­riage buster’’. ‘‘They are lyrics that could get me in trou­ble but I thought it was an im­por­tant con­cept for the record, the idea of let­ting go of some­thing,’’ Mitchell says. ‘‘My wife and I have been to­gether a long time so she un­der­stands. She’s heard a lot of my songs.’’

by Bob Evans is out now. Bob Evans plays The Zoo in Bris­bane on April 13.

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