An accomplished visual artist and designer of everything from exquisite houses to burlesque costumes, Tommy Keenum is now bringing his distinctive style and eclectic vision to song writing. For the past two decades Keenum has been a sought after side-man, lending vocals, sax, and percussion to a wide variety of rock and pop acts including David Mead, Bobby Bare Jr., Sara Beck, Sons of Zevon, Jonny P.and the greatest '80's cover band of all time "Guilty Pleasures". His publishing company "Other Boy Music" was established with BMI in 2009 and is home to over 70 songs. His Song "With Love" was covered by grammy nominated blues artist Janiva Magness on her critically acclaimed new record "Original" http://janivamagness.portmerch.com/stores/product.php?productid=19126
-For his first solo effort in 2005, Tommy meticulously selected gems from his favorite songwriters of the ’70’s, and with dreamy production from “Silver Seas” front man Daniel Tashian, the result is the perfect Sunday chill record.
-In 2007, Tommy released his first self-penned record,”Details Within…”. He dipped into almost every genre and found a way to combine influences as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Marvin Gaye. It goes all over the map but what ties it all together is the underlying theme of self-empowerment and Keenum’s “heart on sleeve” vocals. The backing band is a team of all stars that turn in some amazing performances.
-With his 2009 release “All These Pretty Thoughts”, Tommy stripped everything down and enlisted retro-pop master Brad Jones to produce. The songs go from sparse to fully orchestrated; sometimes in the space of one phrase and Keenum’s soulful delivery and lush harmonies bring honest emotion to the stories.
-"Sometimes Never Always" (2011) is a tribute to his family. When his father's health began to fail Tommy decided to help him realize his dream of "being in the music business". Several of the songs are inspired by the poems his dad had written over the years. The result is a retro-country/soul love-fest not to be missed!
-In 2012 Tommy collaborated with producer and friend Giovanni Rodriguez to make an old school R&B record. Tommy had the idea to write music that sounded like bedroom songs but with lyrics that spoke of higher love. He took inspiration from mostly Eastern and some Western philosophies to create "Bedroom Philosophy" (2012). Giovanni assembled a top notch group of players and with his amazing ear for classic production turned Tommy's deep thought ideas into groovy throwbacks that seem timeless and new all at once. See if you can spot the philosophies hiding in the lyrics.
-For the last year and a half Tommy has been doing a live set around town that is just him singing with his friend James "Haggs" Haggerty on bass. The reaction has been amazing! People are so drawn in because it is so stripped down. Tommy says it is frightening and thrilling because you are flying without a net. People have continually asked about a recording so he decided to do a whole record of pop standards using just bass and vocal. Several of the tracks will be from his set with "Haggs" who is an amazing rock and jazz bassist who cofounded the great rock band Joe Marc's Brother and is currently touring and recording with Autumn Defense.
The first track we finished happens to be a cover of Carole King's "You've Got A Friend" and my good friend and bass virtuoso Todd Parks brought his other worldly sounds to make just the right atmosphere we wanted to re-imagine this classic. Todd is currently touring with Sam Bush. A veritable whose who of bass players from very genre have agreed to do a track. They will be released one at a time. Park Chisolm is recording and mixing the tracks as well as co- arranging and producing. Park is an amazing multi-instrumentalist who is currently touring with Kevin Costner's band "Modern West". He also recorded and produced the Grammy nominated soundtrack for Costner's "Hatfields and McCoys". His Wife Sara Beck wrote and performed the grammy nominated single.
Thanks for listening,