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"Southwest Blues Magazine"

"...Alone With The Blues is literally that - Keith Dunn and his harmonica. Think solo harp blues. There are 14 cuts, all originals but one, a Willie Dixon cover. Keith's playing is good and I really enjoy his voice. There is enough variety of style to keep the "harp-only" groove going. Recorded in a day, the sound is great. The songs are well written, and I found myself popping this back into the player often.

Listen to "Strange Things Are Happening," "Trouble Is Going On" and "I Used To Have A Home,..." In "Geronimo," Keith Dunn sings about his feelings on how American Indians were treated. Musically, his playing pays homage to the great harp players of the past. There are two instrumentals: "Deetone Dance," and "Myers, Below, Jacobs and Myers" in a nod to the Aces. I can't say that I found a bad track.
There are even two spoken word cuts: "California Dreamin" and "A Feeling Called The Blues." Short each, but very cool..."

- Big Daddy Hal


"Planet Harmonica"

“…This atmospheric album features a wide range of blues music. A testimony of Keith's first hearing of Sonny Boy Williamson and the famous Buddy Guy and Junior Wells duo…

With a warm voice, Keith sings and plays gospel “A Feeling Called The Blues,” a work song “Geronimo,” a tribute to the mentor of us all Sonny Boy Williamson “Bring It On Home,” a minor blues “Trouble Is Going On,” and a superb composition done a capella “Kool Struttin’.”

The first piece "Strange Things Are Happening," uses a harp amplified through an Astatic/Fender Champ combination which projects the harmonica through your speakers. The sound is present, slightly overdriven, with a somewhat brassy tint that instantly grabs you into the album. The second piece is just as surprising: "Need to Make A Dollar" is played acoustic, and that sound is... just as deep, warm and very expressive. Each track is a joy, because of Keith's voice, harp playing and most of all his musicality.

"Alone With The Blues" is a magical meeting with a man who sings and plays the blues...”


- Xavier Laune


"Blueprint"

“Keith Dunn is an experienced harp player…Musicians he has played with includes my personal favorites like Walter Horton, Pinetop Perkins, Houndog Taylor and Jimmy Rogers.

I've seen this guy play once and from what I saw, he is a very skillful harp player who can support a singer as part of a band, knows how to and when to solo and when to keep back, and also when to be silent. So it is with interest that I listen to this CD…

Aspiring harp players (me included) could learn a lot from Keith's CD. Of course aspiring guitarist, keyboard players, drummers etc. could use this CD to jam along to as well. The harp tone throughout is extremely good and the boogie work on "Need To Make A Dollar" put me in mind of Walter's Boogie.

"Playing The Blues" has some lovely harp and lyrics whose sentiments most blues musicians would go along with. The clear harp phrasing in the solo is backed by an insistent foot tap, which sounds like a bass and helps to move the song along.
The only cover on the CD is Willie Dixon's "Bring It On Home.”

Very much the experienced harp player, Keith Dunn shows his mastery on the intro of "Deep In My Heart For You". With the classic riffs in the solo, it is lovely, joyful stuff, with well-executed kisses at the end.

The last track, “Myers, Below, Jacobs and Myers," is a seamless harp solo full of ideas that are harder to lift because there are so many of them. I keep wondering how the flow of musical ideas can keep coming on."

- Tim Hill


Discography

Alone With The Blues (solo harmonica & vocals)
Love Against The Wall – Dunn-Packer Band
Play To Win – Alexander Band
Serious Fun - Serious Fun
The Meaning Of Life – Todd Sharpville
Just A Dream – ‘Diamond’ Jim Greene
Blues Route – Curtis Knight & Jan Akkerman
Time To Move On – Frank Biner

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Bio

Keith Dunn is a harmonica player, singer, producer and the founder of deeTone records. Born in Boston, he currently resides in Rotterdam, Holland. He has over thirty years of blues experience. He possesses a deep-blues voice and is an exciting harmonica soloist.
Keith's stage presence and charisma as a bandleader brings him to major festivals and venues all over the world. He is also an in-demand back-up musician. Keith has performed at the Sunflower River Blues Festival with Big Jack Johnson in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Big Jack's hometown. In Europe, he is a featured member of Big Jack Johnson’s touring band.

Keith's songwriting, described as having "the political activism of J.B. Lenoir and the attitude of Junior Wells," is highlighted on "Alone With The Blues," released on his own deeTone records label (dcd 5501). On these recordings, Keith plays and sings his songs alone, without overdubs or guest musicians making this a first in the history of recorded blues. "Alone With The Blues" has received enthusiastic reviews from many of the leading music publications including Living Blues in the U.S.A., Blues and Rhythm in England and Soul Bag in France. Two of his songs from the album, “Strange Things Are Happening” and “Need To Make A Dollar” have received songwriting awards.

Since the release of "Alone With The Blues," Keith Dunn has performed his solo show at the SPAH Festival in St. Louis, the Cognac Fest in France where he also performed with Lurrie Bell, the Amal Blues Fest in Sweden, the Blues Live Fest in Finland, the Koldo Mitxelena Cultural Center in San Sebastian, Spain, Copenhagen Blues Festival in Denmark, and the prestigious Hohner Harmonica Festival in Trossingen, Germany. He has played numerous radio and television shows, as well as festivals and harmonica workshops in Norway, France, Italy, Poland, Belgium, Greece, England and Holland.

He is active with record production and produced the critically acclaimed album, "She's Magic," also on Deetone Records, (DCD 5502) for finger picking style guitarist, Willem van Dullemen.

Keith's musical christening came at gospel practice sessions that he heard in the family home. When Keith was nine years old, T-Bone Walker came to town and gave a free outdoor concert at the field where Keith played baseball. This was his first blues concert. He bought his first harmonica shortly after his twelfth birthday and was soon playing at parties and with street players around town.

As a youngster in Boston, he listened to the radio station, W-I-L-D. Curtis Mayfield and Smokey Robinson were early favorites. He became very active in the politics of the day and thru these activities, started listening to Archie Shepp and John Coltrane.
Keith had records by Sonny Boys I and II. Though his style was developing, he still played purely acoustic harmonica. This was all about to change.

Seeing the Junior Wells - Buddy Guy Band, provided Keith with the model for the formation that he wanted. His first band, Blue Lightning, played material by Wells, Jimmy Rogers, Rice Miller and two artists that he often went to see at that time, James Cotton and Muddy Waters. His second band, the Honeydrippers, was a guitar/saxophone driven unit that played everything from Monk to Muddy. This experience had a big influence on Keith.

Keith Dunn's style is lyrical, melodic and percussive. It differs from that of most other harmonica players. It reflects his love of big bands and jazz singers; and is not surprising considering the time that he spent in the company of artists such as James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Roy Eldridge, Big Walter Horton and Jimmy Rogers, who was Keith's fishing partner for a summer in Rhode Island. His style and dedication saw him through successful stays in Boston, Providence, Austin and Dallas, Texas and San Francisco before bringing him to Europe.

With his harmonica master classes, recording productions for deeTone records, solo, performances, tours with the International Blues Band and guest appearances with artists such as Big Jack Johnson, Keith's fans enjoy the benefits of his three decades plus, around music. A dedicated artist, Keith Dunn provides the authentic blues experience. This passion is brought to life on his solo album, the critically acclaimed "Alone With The Blues."

CONTACT: deeTone records / Keith Dunn
P.O. Box 23006 / 3001 KA Rotterdam / HOLLAND
or e-mail: keith@keithdunn.com

For more information go to www.keithdunn.com