It’s Bob or Bub – not that Jebediah guy
– 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.