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John Paul Keith: Memphis Circa 3AM

Memphis Circa 3AM

(John Paul Keith)
Genre: 
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Grade:
A
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
12

This might be the year 2013 but when John Paul Keith gets to playing his music the year turns back to the 50's when rock and roll was just getting started. Memphis Circa 3AM is the new album for John Paul Keith that radiates talent, fun, energy, and a sound of the past. Listening to this album is almost as close to being in the past as I could get without it sounding like the record is scratched, the speakers low, and the microphone busted. These songs are a good nod to what made rock and roll what it is now by pushing the limits of music, so basically it's like listening to history.
Memphis Circa 3AM is a great name for this album with the style of music that's being played. All the songs could easily be played in a country bar while also being played at a sports bar, or just a party with some rock and roll songs playing. There's a good blending with the twang of country in the guitars, the vocals that have a slow drawl to them, and the lyrics that talk about drinking and girls. But don't be fooled, this album is not just 50's rock and roll and country twang music, there's also some blues being thrown in for good measure. Most of the songs being played are about lost loves or loss and love, really it's both, and yet it still has a fun beat to it.
Before now I had not heard of John Paul Keith, now that I have I keep coming to the question of why I haven't heard of him. This is an album is very impressive with the amount of talent that John Paul Keith has. To be able to play almost flawless music but to also play such a wide range of styles in the songs. There's such a blending of sounds being used, rockabilly, rock, country, blues, jazz, and they all sound like this is how it's supposed to be. His vocals change just as much as the style of music being played as he goes from quick rhythms to a slower pace for the blues songs to having that country drawl. John Paul Keith is able to sing the different styles of music so well that I really can't tell what one is his best other than saying he's a good country, rock, blues, jazz, rockabilly vocalist. Memphis Circa 3AM is a good album because the band is talented, they know how to play more than just one style, and the songs have a lot of energy to them.

Lee Roberts
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