Keith Mullins

Keith Mullins

BandFolkSoul

This 33 year old Folk Soul Farmer from Cape Breton delves into many styles learned over the years of honing his craft. Two records in one year and over 6000 albums moved mostly through a fund-raising effort for Northern AB Schools

Biography

Folk Soul musician Keith Mullins has released two records in the past year and has moved over 6000 records. Recently he recieved national news attention from CBC, CTV, and Global TV networks for one of his songs. A lifetime of gigging and songwriting, a degree in classical music with studies in Africa and Cuba, and growing up in a Cape Breton musical family has made Keith into a one of a kind musician. His versatility has put him on stage with the east coast's finest. He has played drums for Lennie Gallant, Bruce Guthro, Matt Andersen, Gordie Sampson, Jimmy Rankin to name a few, along with acts like Melissa McLelland and Sara Slean. He has created the "Youth Song Project" which breaks down the mysterious walls of songwriting for students and Keith records the whole project to allow for fundraising opportunities for schools. His debut record "Localmotive Farm" shares the name with his CSA farm in Nova Scotia, which has fed 50 families on 1 acre of vegetables.

Keith creates music from the soul; the instruments he uses to express it - drums, vocal, guitar - are all secondary.   Andrew Fedora, Board of Directors, ECMA

Lyrics

Somewhere to be

Written By: Keith Mullins

somewhere to be
written by Keith Mullins
Vocals, Drums, Perc. Keith Mullins
Back up Vocals: Amy Sampson
Guitar Gordie Sampson/Kris Pope
Bass: Gordie Sampson
Keys: Ian Bent

Hop on my 82 shadow
and i'm headed for the coast
cause traveling down this road
I'm just another ghost
if you're having one of those days
when nothing seems to go your way
and everything you do it sticks like glue
to all the wrong things you said

just put your headphones on
and let the night turn dawn
get away step away or tell them eh
you got somewhere to be
where you feel free

My surf board’s waiting in the sand
For me to stick my head out
It's showing me the grand plan
its for us to let our hearts out
just put your headphones on
and let the night turn dawn
get away step away, tell em eh
you’ve got somewhere to be
somewhere you feel free

I wouldn't trade this for the world
I could never let you go
but at a certain time and place
a person needs to take some space

just put your headphones on
and let the night turn dawn
just put your headphones on
and let the night turn dawn
get away step away tell em eh
you’ve got somewhere to be
where you feel free
you’ve got somewhere to be

Trouble

Written By: Keith Mullins/Steven Bowers

Trouble
written by Keith Mullins/Steven Bowers
vocals, guitar, drums, chimes, jingle bells- Keith Mullins
Back up Vocals: Dutch Robinson, Doris Mason, Anna Ludlow
Fiddle: Anna Ludlow
Cello: Tim Isaac
Guitar: Kris Pope
Banjo: Zac Crouse
Keys: Ian Bent
Bass: Steve Gates

Lend me your ear and I'll tell you my trouble
Aint seen trouble, trouble I said
Me and my girl we got us a bed
the bed is so small we're sleeping foot to head

NANANANANA

Lend me your ear and I'll tell you my trouble
Aint seen trouble trouble like mine
Built me a house amongst some grape vines
Grapes were so plenty I had to make wine

NANANANANA

Maybe our troubles, aren't so wrong
you see life is a bubble and the struggle's a song
and the days are the wind, and they carry us along
Maybe our troubles, aren't so wrong

SOLO

Lend me your ear and I'll tell you my trouble
I got no troubles, troubles no more
Cause when we can't sleep, me and my girl
we open up some wine and wind up sleepin' on the floor

NANANANA

Map of You

Written By: Keith Mullins

This place has got my heart and I don't ever want to leave here
Cause without it I'd fall apart, it gives me something to believe in
These are golden times, you diamond of mine
Precious seconds go by we can't be drawin lines
Naked in bed, intertwined, around those curves and down your spine

I would like to make a map of you
your north south east west latitude
your inside and out
for a detailed view of a map of you.......

we're always talking of places we'd like to see
right here right now there aint no place that I'd rather be

these are golden times, you diamond of mine
precious seconds go by we can't be drawing lines
Naked in bed, hypnotized, around those curves and down your spine

Common Ground

Written By: Keith Mullins

why can’t the beggars stand and panhandle,
while the last of the payphones been destroyed by a vandal,
bustin parking meters is like stealing from a scandal
when there’s not enough spaces for the city to handle

Can’t you all see
the artistry in the graffiti
It’s looks way better now
Then previously

Protesters shop at army navy
And hang just across from the armoury
Agree to disagree is what I have found
and We can all hang on common ground

It’s 6’o clock
there’s the smell of hopps
the vibe can change within a block
and everybody smells it
the rich and the poor are just next door
the marquis gets you all on the floor

Agree to disagree is what I have found
And we can all hang on common ground

I don’t care what it takes
You can’t have the kids gang’n up on the people
If the law protects the guilty we got to try a different angle
If the cops can’t deal then bring on the guardian angels

Soul Searcher

Written By: Keith Mullins

If you want to uncover these, feelings inside
You must look far and wide
And to be part of something bigger
In order to find it you figure
You must search your soul

So soul searcher, soul searcher
Take a look beyond your shell
Soul searcher, soul searcher
Search within yourself

You need to be living good
The way you know you should
Doing something that you love
Surrounded by all the things that you're thinking of

Soul Searcher, Soul Searcher
Take a look beyond your shell
Soul Searcher, Soul Searcher
Search within yourself

But to win you got to lose
Somedays you got to pay your dues
So appreciate the now, all the things that brought you here
The good and the bad, feel that pain and be glad
It's all that which makes you who you are

A Soul Searcher, Soul Searcher
Take a look beyond your shell
Soul Searcher, Soul Searcher
Search within yourself

Speak Up Speak Out

Written By: Keith Mullins/Thom Swift/Steven Bowers

The past has come and gone
The future's bright and strong
The beauty of a song
Can make you see where you belong

When a hardship comes to pass
All I ask is that you laugh
I hope that when you sing you shout
And dance until your legs give out

If you've got something to say
You might as well say it
Speak Up Speak Out

And if your words are strange to me
I understand your melody
The common knowledge that we seek
Transcends the language that we speak

If you've got something to say
You might as well say it
Speak Up Speak Out

Something different
Something crazy
Make a mark
Don't be lazy
Take a stance
Speak your mind
Nothing lost that you can't find

Discography

Localmotive Farm
Released- November 2010

Keith Mullins/Thom Swift Youth Song Project
Released- June 2011

Set List

90% original material with a few covers.