Keith Curtis

Keith Curtis

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Experienced professional performers. Well honed song lists. No dead air. Smooth, polished, unobtrusive yet engaging stage presence. Acoustic originals (consistently rated in top 10% among listeners and contest entries.)

Biography

Singer/Songwriter Keith Curtis has played at some of the finest Americana Venues in the country, including the famed Bluebird Café in Nashville, the Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville Texas, and the Tucson Folk Festival. He has performed as an opener for the late John Stewart, for David Wilcox, Janis Ian and other top level performers at multiple venues.

Keith has 4 fully produced CD projects completed, including the 2009 release Fork in the Road, which takes us back to the roots of the music that has inspired Keith, as well as new songs that have been on the shelf awaiting release. The self-produced CD was a full year in the making and has spawned additional songs indicating a 2010 release or maybe late 2009, is a certainty.

Keith has won numerous song writing awards from Billboard, to the Fort Bend (Houston) song-writing contest, Tucson Kitchen Musicians song-writing contest, Kerrville Folk Festival New Folk artist contest, the 2008 second round wearelistening.org lyric writing contest. He was also nominated as Country Vocalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Music Awards in 2008.

A natural performer, whether in a group or as a solo act, Keith doesn’t try to wow the audience with glitter but instead appeals to all of their senses with stories and songs that come from the heart, that come from pain and joy, that come from travels across this great land and the rest of the world.

His internet presence includes a large fan base across the country and more songs can be found at www.reverbnation.com/keithcurtis. A songwriter with a deep background to pull from, Keith can bring a crowd to its feet or to tears and laughter.

Lyrics

Home To Dallas

Written By: Keith Curtis


Watching the sheets of rain fall down
On southern Kansas, near an Oklahoma border town
I hadn’t planned a stop ‘til Amarillo
But then I hadn’t planned on leaving yesterday
With nothing but my clothes and shoes and bankroll
A bottle filled with pocket change and half of last week’s pay

[CHORUS]
Home to Dallas
Just another long days drive should get me there
Home to Dallas
Not a single winding road from here to there
And if God can really hear you when you pray
Then it’s time I saw a rainbow and the storm clouds blew away
So I’ll just close my eyes and I’ll be home today
Home to Dallas

Looking for sun behind a cloud
A little game of hide and seek I’m not too old or proud
I never planned to live along the hiway
But choices often narrow to a few
At every turn I’ve gone around the long way
Life is filled with things you want and things you have to do

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
The rain would not have stopped me fifteen years ago
Maybe wisdom does go hand in hand with age
If I can get this storm to drop me just a little bit down the road
Where it’s warm and dry and nothin’s in my way
I’ll be home to Dallas

[Who knows, someday I might use this verse]
Watching the heat rise off the road
Checking that horizon for a sign I might be home
The city rises up from out of nowhere
Just beyond the wells and the desert sage
I’ve memorized the place that I can see clear
It’s like watchin the canvas come to life in a painters’ skyline page

[CHORUS]

Don Charles - Acoustic Guitar
Keith Curtis - Lead Vocal

Appalachian Hills

Written By: Keith Curtis

We walked when the day was lean
Through the deepest green
You’ve ever seen
In the summer when the
Storms would rise
Out of thunder clouds
In the Georgia skies
On the wooded slopes of the Applachian hills

We’d talk on moonlit nights
We never quite
But that was all right
I remember
Feelin warm
When the life ran out
Of a thunderstorm
On the wooded slopes of the Appalachian hills

[CHORUS]

Summer might not
Ever be the same
It’s bound to change
And your heartbeat echo’s distance like a drum
The rocks and hills between us
Just another
Mountain range
Just a thousand miles that someone has to run

We ran when the sun was high
The day went by
Oh what a blue sky
Lyin down in a
Field to gaze
At the clouds that found us
Every day
On the wooded slopes of the Appalachian hills

Still remember every day
Walkin away with
Georgia clay
Holdin to my shoes
And clothes
A feelin everybody
Knows
In the wooded slopes of the Appalachian hills

[CHORUS]

River's Bend

Written By: Keith Curtis

Dreamed about the old man
With fire in his eyes
As he stared across a river bridge
And watched a low sun rise
Nothin stops the sun he said
That much I can say
And everything but mother earth
Is sure to blow away
This I know
That’s all I know

[CHORUS]

I can see him shinin in the sun
In the sun
Standin by the river’s bend
Where the slack water runs
And as long as he can stand
You can find a gentle hand
River rocks and holes be damned
That’s the way he lives his life

He learned to watch the sunrise
To look beyond the sky
To doubt the truth of words without
A look into your eyes
Nothin hides the truth he said
That much I believe
It’s there behind the eyes
Behind the lies that we all weave
This I know
That’s all I know

[CHORUS]

Dreamed about the old man
The fire cold and gone
As he stared across a river bridge
Silent in the dawn
Nothin’s sure in life he said
That much I can say
But you and I will die
And we’ll turn into dust and clay
This I know
That’s all I know
[CHORUS]

Tim West: Slide Guitar
Kyle Harris: Upright Bass
William Meldrum: Field Drum, Thunder, Rainstick
Keith Curtis: Acoustic Guitar, Vocal

Two Lane Two Step

Written By: Keith Curtis


I’ve been ridin on a long dark road tonight
A little two lane, two step, two hours till daylight
Out across the great southwest
Livin on coffee and cigarettes, livin on
Livin on a two lane road tonight

[CHORUS]
Hot on the heels of a sun just waitin to rise
Caught in the sound of the wheels is the sound of goodbye
Hell it wasn’t great and you know I was just waitin to fly anyway

I was lookin for a shot at the end of the line
A one room, one time, one night stand was fine
Guess I knew she’d be gone for good
But I thought that I could make it in Hollywood, think again
Hey it’ll get you when you see those bright lights shine

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
Somewhere on the edge of the night
I keep my hopes on bright
But I know she’s given up holdin tight

Chasin shadows on a two lane road tonight
Three days no sleep no time to get right
Out across a great black sky
Lookin at her picture I thought I’d die, look again
Lookin down a long dark road tonight

[CHORUS]

I been ridin on a long dark road tonight
A little two lane, two step, two hours till daylight
Out across the great southwest
Just livin on coffee and cigarettes, livin on
Livin on this two lane road tonight
Look again
Lookin down this two lane road tonight
Think again
Thinkin on this two lane road tonight

Delta Storm

Written By: Keith Curtis

Standin in the middle of a delta storm
Thunder all around me wishin I could stay warm
Clouds are rollin by me in the Mississippi breeze
If I don’t die first, if I don’t freeze I’ll be

Looking in the eyes of a delta girl
Feelin like I traveled all around the world
Just to get a look at those delta eyes
Just to feel the warmth of that fire inside

(CHORUS)

Delta woman don’t leave me out here
This delta storm is sure to hide you
And I don’t think the sky will ever clear
Delta woman don’t leave me out here

Standin in the middle of the wind and the rain
Ain’t no road back here from where I came
Rivers are risin and the sky’s gone black
Can’t find a way forward and I can’t go back

Looking for the light of a delta girl
Wind is rollin ‘round me and the thunder clouds swirl
Got to get a look at those delta eyes
Got to feel the warmth of that fire inside

The sun is finally shinin on the Mississippi shore
Don’t believe it’s ever been this bright before
Out across the delta it’s a sight to see
It’s that Mississippi woman lookin back at me

Lookin in the eyes of that delta girl
Feelin like I traveled all around the world
Just to get a look at those delta eyes
Just to feel the warmth of that fire inside

(CHORUS)

Midnight Sky

Written By: Keith Curtis

It was graveyard dark on a moonlit night
A shadow fell from a ghost plane flight
I was looking hard for a landing light
But there was none to find
The plane banked low as it passed my site
Not a sound came down from the ghost plane flight
On the edge on a cold dark night
But they never left the flight line

Wings against the midnight sky
Looking like they were born to fly
Pulling hard on a short line tie
Against the midnight sky

In a cold dark room in my younger days
I knew for sure that if I had my way
Was the finest song that I could ever play
But no one sings it now
The years roll by and the words come fast
I'm never sure if they'll fly or last
Can they change when the die's been cast
Well I'm still changing them now

Words against the midnight sky
I'd have sworn they were born to fly
But there they are like dreams that die
Against the midnight sky

In a bright light room on another day
Someone might here the music play
I've got a song that'll hold your soul at bay
It cries out to be heard
But if it falls in a cold dark pit
And no one even remembers it
I'll still believe the song should fit
Every note and every word

Songs against the midnight sky
Looking like they were born to fly
But there they are like dreams that die
Against the midnight sky
Midnight sky
Against the midnight sky

Borderline

Written By: Keith Curtis

He was tired and cold and hungry
Waitin on the waters edge
Watched and listened to the old mens' stories
Of the ones who had gone ahead
Across the border they saw the border guards
Turnin back the souls they found
For every ten there was a hundred more
Lookin for higher ground

(CHORUS)

Across the border was a place of gold
That's the story he was told
Ever since he was ten years old
He'd been tryin to cross the border line
Plannin out the route inside his mind
Crossin that border line

He heard the story of ten young men
In the summer in Juarez
The old truck was a grave for them
As they sold their souls on a freedom bet
And the old man that they swore was dead
As the guards pulled him up from the river bed
They like to say that he damn near drowned
But he's drownin now on a bar stools edge

Across the border was a place so fine
He could see it in his mind
No turnin' back when he crossed that line
Only a place of gold
That's the story he was told
Only a place of gold

He took a step to the waters edge
And then turned his back on his home and fled
No time to waste no the right time's now
If blood would be spilled it'd be he who bled
Turned the corner on the west of a town
Waited there till the sun went down
If they were lookin they're lookin still
'Cause he's headed for higher ground

(CHORUS)


Second Story Nights

Written By: Keith Curtis

From a second story room I watched the city lights
From a hotel window in the rain
Full of gloom and doom but I think I’ve got the right
She left New Orleans once again

[CHORUS]
Something about a memory
Something about a flame
The first had not yet faded
The second a bit too tame
She headed for the airport
And I headed for this room
Where the second story window faces west and Baton Rouge

The rain on the window looks like tears against the sky
I guess it’s fallen now for days
But I’ve been in the shadows a bit of a fog out of the lights
A little bit bruised, a little dazed

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
I keep coming back for more
I get to New Orleans she heads for before
For a tie that can’t be broken to a man that can’t be true
She’ll call me from New Orleans when I’m back in Baton Rouge

There was the phone call when I opened up my door
From the big and easy city lights
But I’m not about to follow rainbows anymore
No more second story nights

Time to become a memory
Burn ‘til there’s no flame
And maybe I’ll just fade away
Like a slow New Orleans rain

Open Road

Written By: Keith Curtis

It's an Open Road
Not a fence that I can see
Not a tumble weed or tree
Just flyin free
Down an Open Road

It's a starlit sky
Not a cloud from here to there
That chance of rain ain't got a prayer
It's clear and fair
In a starlit sky

[CHORUS]
I'm flyin like paper on a hard luck wind
Hopin that the hard times fly
Down the road is freedom and it's lookin good friend
Ridin the horizon to the sky
Headed down an Open Road

It was a Gulf Stream wind
Made its way across the bay
It's a little bit warmer here today
In the ocean spray
Of a Gulf Stream Wind

I'm on a midnight ride
With a full moon at the side
Just a little more pull for the outbound tide
And so it glides
On a midnight ride

[CHORUS]

[BRIDGE]
Home is just a memory
'Cause I can't remember what I did with my heart
Swear I'm lookin hard but you know we might be miles apart
And since I don't know where to start
I'm headed down an Open Road

I't's an Open Road
Not a fence that I can see
Not a tumble weed or tree
Just flyin free
Down an Open Road

[CHORUS]

Discography

Borderline. Extensive radio airplay primarily college stations, 1995.
Let It Roll. Extensive radio airplay, primarily college stations, 1997.
Postcards From The Road. Streaming and airplay; Distribution through The Orchard, 2002
It Don't Pay - July, 2008
Fork in the Road - January 2009

Set List

* = Original Song
OBVIOUS CHILD
WEST TEXAS SKIES*
NEVER GOING BACK TO NASHVILLE
THREE MILE WELL*
OCTOBER SKY*
GOODBYE WINTER*
THE BOXER
BORDERLINE*
JULY YOU'RE A WOMAN
TAKE IT EASY
CALIFORNIA BLOODLINES
BARRICADES OF HEAVEN
NEVADA*
QUEEN OF HEARTS
CATCHING UP*
NEEDLE AND THE DAMAGE DONE
SON OF A SAILOR
ANGELITA*
ROOM WITHIN YOUR HEART*
TEN DEGREES
UNKNOWN LEGEND
ALBERTA FIELDS*
ME AND JULIO
TEARS AND TIME*
SECOND STORY NIGHTS*
GRACELAND
THE ROAD
TWO LANE TWO STEP*
HOME TO DALLAS*
OPEN ROAD*
PLASTIC SURGERY BLUES*
COLORADO LINE*