An accomplished visual artist and designer of everything from exquisite houses to burlesque costumes and marching band uniforms, Tommy Keenum is now bringing his distinctive style and eclectic vision to song writing. For the past decade 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, and Guilty Pleasures. 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" frontman Daniel Tashian, the result is the perfect Sunday chill record.
In 2007 Tommy released his first self-penned record,"Details Within...". He dips into almost every genre and finds a way to combine influences as disparate as Joni Mitchell and Marvin Gaye. Although eclectic, 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 result is his most accomplished work to date. The cover art is a true representation of this record. Little bits of life pasted together into a collage that is interesting and beautiful at first glance, but as you look deeper, a darker, more complicated plot emerges. 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. And that is what they are... little movies that you can just let float by or listen deeper to the themes of life, death, change, and above all love.
His latest is "Sometimes Never Always" (2011) a loving tribute to his dad who was diagnosed with Alzheimers in 2010. His father taught him to love music and secretly wanted to be a songwirter. Many of the songs are inspired by poetry his father wrote over the years and what started out as a family gift became a timeless Country/Soul revival. Amazing production by John Deaderick and a band of Nashville pros turn these heartbreaking songs of love, loss and redemption into a classic.