John Paul Keith will bring "Rhythm of the City" to the Netherlands in April04-03-2022
Rootsy and clever singer/songwriter John Paul Keith, is a journeyman artist with a bent toward vintage Fender Telecaster-driven pop/rock twang. A native of Knoxville, Tennessee, Keith grew up singing in church, learned to play guitar around age ten, and inherited a love of classic rock and blues artists like Chuck Berry and B.B. King from his truck-driving father. With his fifth album Rhythm of the City John Paul Keith will be coming back to Europe this April/May 2022.
The album is a diverse, joyous one that is also a love letter to Memphis. Nashville may be the center of the country music world and, thus, of the Americana world. But for the genre mix that is Americana, Memphis is equally important. It’s the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll, and it’s the home of Southern soul. Singer-songwriter and Knoxville native John Paul Keith has lived there for the last 15 years, and his album, Rhythm of the City, is a tribute to his adopted home.
Rhythm of the City is a love letter to Memphis, and the album is peppered with references to the city’s rich musical history. The electric sitar on the album is a tribute to the late studio musician Reggie Young. The airplane sound on the title track is inspired by the Box Tops’ hit “The Letter,” while “Love Love Love” was inspired by Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio. In a body of work that consistently draws critical praise, this new release may be Keith’s best album yet. It's stylistically diverse, a joy to listen to, and full of the spirit of Memphis.