Escanaba native to appear on Swedish reality show

Kevin Chown

LOS ANGELES — Escanaba native and now California-based bassist Kevin Chown will soon take part in the eighth season of a highly-popular Swedish reality show.

Chown has been a professional musician since the age of 15. He first made a name for himself as a member of 90s progressive metal act Edwin Dare before becoming an in-demand session and touring bass player for the likes of Ted Nugent, Tiles, Tony Macalpine, Artension, Uncle Kracker, Chuck Berry, Sebastian Bach, and Pail Gilbert, among others. As a solo artist, Chown released “Freudian Slip” (1996) and the “Light the Way” EP (2013), which spawned the videos “We Light the Way” and “Alive,” respectively.

Chown now serves as the bass player for Finnish artist Tarja as well as Chad Smith’s Bombastic Meatbats, Cosmosquad, and Der Elefant. He will take part in Season eight of Swedish Emmy-award winning reality TV show “Allt for Sverige” (Everything for Sweden), which is marketed internationally as “The Great Swedish Adventure.” “Allt for Sverige” is one of the most popular television shows in Sweden and is regularly watched by up to 30 percent of the country’s viewing audience.

“I’ve done a few bit parts on TV shows here in L.A., but nothing quite like what’s about to happen,” said Chown. “Its a wonderful opportunity to be in the 2018 cast of ‘Allt for Sverige,’ a unique show that I’m sure will be one of the ­greatest experiences of my life. One rooted in my heritage.”

Chown noted that while he has performed in over 60 countries, this will be his first time in Sweden.

“Never have I had a chance to see Sweden even though Tarja is based next door in Finland, where I’ve played multiple times. So this is extra special — to learn about where my family is from, learn about the culture and, hopefully, meet my entire living Swedish family,” he said.

Chown will also perform at the Sweden Rock Festival with Tarja on June 9.

“So all roads seem to be leading to Sweden this summer. It’s the trip of a lifetime. And my life has been a trip,” said Chown.

Season eight of “Allt for Sverige” will be shooting during May and June with the first episodes set to air in October 2018.