Mr. Keith Little
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Mr. Keith Little

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | INDIE | AFM

Cincinnati, Ohio, United States | INDIE | AFM
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"Roots Music (Belgium)"

Mr. Keith Little : A mother's love (Paes records)
The Cincinnati Blues Man is apart from being a blues singer / bass player also the
founder and president of Cincinnati's United Local Artists Network inc. and
president and owner of Popular Arts Entertainment Systems inc. He had a local
television show and produced the Cincinnati blues video documentary "Tanks for
my flowers". When he has time left, he plays the blues. "A mother's love" is
dedicated to his mother who lost her eyesight and to his father. The blues he
brings is extremely funky and groovy, listen to 'I'll rise above it all', a tremendous
song, based on a deep thrilling bassline; on of the best songs on the album. Some
others reach the same level, but sometimes he gets mellow. Most songs
are written by himself, except the opening song 'Further on down the road' , which
is a Taj Mahal cover.

Rating : ****

Roots FM
Miguel Moors
Tramstraat, 20
9052 Gent (Zwijnaarde)

- Miguel Moors

"R*O*C*K (Norway)"

Hi Keith!

I think I have played it 4 or 5 times already.
Great stuff, even better than I had expected!
If you can match this one, your new one will be something to look forward to.
Thanks again!
All the best!

Rolf Stensletten
Brekkemyra 10
5382 Skogsvåg
Norway (with my CD-reviews and articles about blues from the magazine R*O*C*K)

- Rolf Stensletten

"Queensland (Australia)"

Hi Keith, I Have had a listen to the Downtown CD, It is very good, sounds like it was a good night. It really captures the feel of the show, some live recordings don't do that very well. I really hope you do get here for the Blues Festival at Byron Bay, any word on that yet?

John Ward
40 Simbai Street.
Runaway Bay. 4216.
- John Ward

"The Allen County Museum Historical Society"

The Allen County Museum Historical Society, in conjunction with the Blues Committee of Lima was pleased to host an evening program by Mr. Keith Little displaying tremendous versatility, Little has mastered guitar, drums, keyboard, and vocals. Of his CD’s, Going Downtown: Live At Jefferson Hall, A Mother’s Love, Dave Doc Piltz noted, If you like the blues with a soulful sound, Keith Little offers a sound that will stir your soul. - Dave "Doc" Piltz

"About Mr. Keith Little"

Mr. Keith Little ( “The Best of Blues , R&B, Funk, Soul” Cincinnati’s own “King of the Blues” Singer/Song writer, Play writer, writer and producer of the Cincinnati Blues & Jazz video Documentary (Thanks for My Flowers). Producer of “Night Lights” a compilation CD of Cincinnati Sounds Cincinnati Style. Founder and President of (CULAN INC) Cincinnati’s United Local Artists Network Inc. Founder, President and owner of (PAES INC) Popular Arts Entertainment Systems Inc. Founder, host and producer of his TV show “Mr. Little’s Hangout”Ch25 WBQC a local station. Former Trustee, Vice-President and President of the “Greater Cincinnati Blues Society” Former chief coordinator for the “Performer’s Alliance For Charity”, contributors to charity. Mr. Little has shared the stage and jammed with other great artists such as “Kenny Neal, Pinetop Perkins, Long John Hunter, Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers, Clarence Carter, Little Charlie & The Night Cats, Phil Guy, Frankie Lee, Skeeter Brandon, Leon Wilkinson” from the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band, Little Milton and more through over 43 years of performing - Popular Arts Entertainment Systems Inc.

"Mr. Keith Little - Take It Off And Get Loose With It"

Featured Blues Review 4 of 5
Mr. Keith Little - Take It Off And Get Loose With It Blue Skunk Keith Little is known as "The Cincinnati Blues Man, King of the Blues" and with good reason, this latest CD further strengthens his Royal designation. “Stand My Ground” starts the way I like a tune to start, EXPLOSIVE! Stacks O Horns, huge lead guitar by Marcos Sastre, the mystic sound of that organ in and out of the verse, wife, Cheryl Renee Little, followed by the King himself on lead vocals, always, Mr. Keith Little. He has that dark smooth honey kind of a voice, strong, deep sexxxxxy. Driving drum pops. Do ya want it? Hes got it! After just half way through this first tune I was ready to say ‘sold’ I’ve got to have this CD. “Copper Tops” starts with an old school styled piano, Ricky Nye. Its sweet talking keys at their tastiest. Could this Keith Little be the man to take the place of the great Joe Williams? Sure reminds me of Basie and Williams on their best days except all pure Blues. Talk some of the verse, say it down low, and once again mark it ‘sold’, Now I'm telling you straight - this is one fine listening CD. “Get Loose With It” has Keith open with his bass lick followed with a mirror image as the horn section blows that same riff. Thank you Mr. Gary Winters, great horn arrangements and now sprinkle in just the right amount of organ. Sweet. And then all of a sudden all these vocals start an inter-active fugue type feel. Killer good. Great energy. My kind of stuff and then there's that smoking guitar coming at you from out of nowhere. Power, pure Blues power. Now I have to stop myself from going on and on or Ill end up with a ten page review so lets just skip down a bit. Here I am landing on tune number 11, “New Shoes” bingo all over again. That smooth groove thang, take your time take your time take your time, soft shuffle, crying guitar and man is Keith doing it. Now the next tune, whats this now? “Mr. Kochca” has a strong late 60s blues rock sound thing going on and filled out with that modern cut ya guitar sound. And what’s Keith doing on this tune, tone talking that low stuff. Very tasty, talking a little bit of trash and he likes that! The last tune, which comes way too soon is “Rainy Night In Georgia” the only tune not written by Mr. Little, this one done justice by Tony Joe White. If you need a mental image of this song think Barry White. This song is Soul Blues, slow close dancing soulful blues and leading the way the singing sexy sax of Mr. Marcus Griswom. Not too much sax and not to little, just the right amount. This CD was thoroughly thought through, is an excellent production and recorded superbly. Not once during my listening did I think anything at all was out of balance. One of my pet peeves. Just excellent from top to bottom. Keith Little's Take It Off” Lets Get Loose With It is long on those soulful blues & as a public service here is the web site address: Tell him I sent you!EDITORS NOTE: This CD was previously released and reviewed as an Independent release. The CD was re-released by Blue Skunk Music in February 2010Reviewer Chuck Gomez worked out of Chicago’s Mayor’s Office of Special Events for over a decade back at the start of the Chicago Blues Fest, plays sax and tours with many leading Blues musicians/Chicago style. He is Columbia College’s special events producer and owns/produces/promotes the Watseka Theatre, Iroquois Performing Arts Center. The Watseka Theatre Blues, BBQ & Arts Fest is the last Saturday of each May, this year May 29th, 2010. Go to: for more information.For other reviews and interviews on our website CLICK HERE.
- © 2010 Blues Blast Magazine

"Live at The Village Hall,"

Keith ‘Bluesman’ Little

Cincinnati singer /songwriter / guitarist whose baritone vocals are the blues equivalent of Barry White - one for the ladies!

Live at The Village Hall,

Saturday 20th June 2009
Keith Little was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to Clarence and Dosier Little on July 15th 1953. His god-fearing parents moved whilst he was still a babe in arms to Georgiana, Alabama and it was here that he was raised with his brother Larry. His father Clarence was a gospel singer and formed a quartet The Golden Wings in 1957 whilst also singing in the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church Choir on Sundays and high days. The young Keith soaked up this tradition whilst hanging onto his father’s leg.
His first encounter with the blues came when he was 7 years old and courtesy of an old blues guitar player called Willie (“I never did know his last name”) who lived three doors away. Keith was attracted to the ‘blue notes’ and would sit on Willie’s porch for hours listening to the old man play.
When Keith was in the sixth grade his mother bought him a guitar and his brother Larry a drum kit. Together, with their cousins, they settled down to practice gospel music. However, the radios in the neighbourhood were often tuned into music stations and soon the boys began to pick up on the latest B.B. King/Bobby Bland offerings. So when the adults were away the boys began to play ‘The Blues’.
If they were caught they would be given extra bible studies to drag them back into the path of righteousness. Meanwhile not all of the adults disapproved and his uncle, the famous pianist Big Joe Duskin, was always there if they needed encouragement.
In 1973 Keith went back to Cincinnati and formed a band called the ‘Electric Flag’, which featured the Farringdon Brothers singing whilst performing back flips and splits on stage. During this time he also began to hang out with older blues men on the local scene listening befriending and playing with the great Albert Washington, H Bomb Ferguson, Big Ed Thomson, Roosevelt Lee and Pigmeat Jarrett. At the same time he was inducted into the gospel quartet ‘The Original Christianaires’ as a bass player and singer replacing Bootsy Collins who was moving to stardom in a different world.
Six months later and hungry for success Keith left both these groups and formed his own R&B outfit ‘The Iceband’ which played soul / funk / R&B and blues and his own gospel group The Goldenaires Gospel Quartet. He went out on the road with both groups looking for fame and fortune. Marriage and five children soon put pay to this idea and Keith began looking for a better paying job and sensibly decided to open his own construction business which paid the bills but restricted him to only playing locally and at weekends. During the next twenty years he also found time to become a play writer, produce a video documentary of the Cincinnati blues scene (Thanks for my Flowers) host a TV show (Mr Little’s Hangout) and become Vice President of the Cincinnati Blues Society.
In 1995 he produced the excellent album of self-penned blues and R&B ‘The Cincinnati Blues Man’ on San-Ton Records. Four years later he formed his own PAES Records and recorded a live album ‘Going Downtown’ at The Jefferson Hall in Cincinnati and in 2001 he released the very fine ‘A Mothers Love’. Last year he sent me a copy of his latest CD ‘Take It Off And Get Loose With It’. His voice by now has mellowed into a smooth baritone and reminds me slightly of a blues version of Barry White. I was asked by the organisers of The Peterborough Festival if we could find a suitable act to open this years proceedings I immediately thought that Keith would be the perfect choice. Stone blues for the men, soulful knee tremblers for the ladies. Luckily Keith was available and Dave Thomas was happy to bring his band for what will be another great party night in Castor.

- Shake Down Blues


Mr. Keith Little, "The Cincinnati Blues Man" has been sharing his love for music with the world for over 35 years of performing and recording. Known as Cincinnati's "King of the Blues" he's worked his magic for crowds big and small, gaining devoted fans along the way and playing his own style of music - a mixture of blues, R&B and soul. Keith's credentials include his work as a singer/songwriter, work as a playwright, and writer and producer of the Blues/Jazz video documentary "Thanks For My Flowers," as well as producer of the CD compilation of Cincinnati music entitled "Night Lights." Keith has also served as president, vice-president and trustee of the Greater Cincinnati Blues Society, and was former chief coordinator for the Performer's Alliance For Charity. In performance Keith has shared the stage and jammed with many other blues greats, including Kenny Neal, Pinetop Perkins, Long John Hunter, Clarence Carter, Phil Guy and Little Milton, always giving all he's got to his audience and fans. The latest album by soul-blues titan Keith Little showcases some of his best work to date in a range of styles, including Blues, Soul, R&B and Funk. The album, entitled Take It Off And Get Loose With It, features 12 original songs based on Keith’s life experiences from the past, present, and a likely future with themes that include comedy, fantasy, and Keith’s own take on personal situations. Click for more

- Blues Festival E-Guide

"Lebanon Blues Fest"

We had a blast last Saturday! Thank you for your professional attitude around all of us "know nothing about music" folks- we really enjoyed the day- music was ALL wonderful (especially your show!) and we had a record-breaking crowd that drank a lot of beer to help us cover our expenses and come out with a little left over ! It'll all go for youth-related projects here in Lebanon over the next 12 months.

In appreciation,
Becky - Becky Creech

"Blue Nose (Switzerland)"

Hello Keith

This was truly a great and wonderful surprise! THANKS YOU VERY MUCH FOR THAT FANTASTIC ALBUM! I’ve really enjoyed your new CD TAKE IT OFF a lot.
This is a great and soulful album that deserve world wide distribution and recognition!
Great vocal by the master himself (I’m so glad I was able to share the stage with you)
Great guitar work throughout, clever lyrics, a superb horn section. What more can a Swiss fan of blues and soul music dream of?

Take care, the best of luck and once again: Thanks you very much, you made my day!

Bruhlfeldweg 2
CH-8112 Otelfingen

- Dinu Logoz


My CD's are:

1) "Christopher Corey", 2) "Going Downtown", 3) "A Mother's Love" 4) "Night Lights" 5) "Take It Off & Get Loose With It" (New release) HOT!!

I also have a video documentary of blues & jazz in the Cincinnati area from the 1920's to 2000, 2hrs. 19mins.



Mr. Keith Little is a outstanding soulful talent born in Cincinnati, OH after his parents migrated from the south. Georgiana, Alabama where he spent the first 20 years of young
childhood life between Georgiana, Alabama and Cincinnati, Ohio he considers both places home.

Mr. Little has shared the stage and jammed with other great artists such as "Kenny Neal, Pinetop Perkins, Long John Hunter, Anson Funderburgh & Sam Myers, Clarence Carter, Little Charlie & The Night Cats, Phil Guy, Frankie Lee, Skeeter Brandon, Leon Wilkinson" from the Lynyrd Skynyrd Band. And many many more through over 43 years of entertaining.

Also great support from radio airplay from around the world and to name a few, Radio PICA 96.3 Barcelona Spain - Radio France Drome w/ host Jean Luc Vabres - KRUA Alaska w/ host Doc. Getsdown. Much thanks to all, from USA, UK,Greece, Italy, Russia, Japan, Belgium, Poland. Thanks to the world that supports "The Cincinnati Blues Man" Mr. Keith Little and his Blues Body

Influences are: Albert Collins, Albert King, BB King, ZZ Hill, Buddy Ace