Country Music

Meet Memphis Ambassador John Paul Keith, Sharpest Pen Around

Writer, rocker, and raconteur John Paul Keith swings into Houston Saturday night after a long absence. He's touring behind his latest release on Big Legal Mess Records, Memphis Circa 3AM. American Songwriter has been streaming the album for several weeks, and Rocks Off can't get it off our daily listening menu.

Ranging from snappy rockers like "Baby, We're a Bad Idea" to barroom shuffles like "There's a Heartache Going 'Round" and "90 Proof Kiss," the album demonstrates Keith's musical flexibility as well as his points of reference. Produced by 80-year old Sun Records veteran Roland Janes, 3AM marks a high-water point in Keith's recording career and places him in rare Americana territory occupied by the likes of Jason Isbell and a select few others.

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