Tommy Keys

Tommy Keys

BandBluesSinger/Songwriter

A winning combination - Barrelhouse Boogie & Blues Piano with moody, Soulful Vocals. Lowdown & dirty, to multi-faceted originals, & hip-shakin’ bounce, you’ll testify that Tommy uses all “89” of the 88 keys & all three of his hands- hammering out a percussive style that leaves you breathless...

Biography

Tommy Keys, Finalist at the 22nd International Blues Challenge (IBC's) in Memphis TN, has a winning combination - Barrelhouse Boogie & Blues Piano with moody, Soulful Vocals.

Otis Spann, Professor Longhair, Pinetop Perkins, Johnnie Johnson, Champion Jack Dupree, and Dr. John influence his individual style, encompassing elements of New Orleans Blues, Funk, Boogie and Jazz.

On "RUM BOOGIE WOOGIE"... this one's all about him and his piano. If large doses of robust barrelhouse blues get you moving, then clear the dance floor 'cause here you come. On this track, TOMMY'S puttin' out some of his best stuff.....vocally and instrumentally.
- PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO, © July, 2007 Mary4music.com

Through the years Tommy has opened for such greats as Watermelon Slim & The Workers, Bryan Lee, Studebaker John, The Kinsey Report, Big Bill Morganfield, Smokin' Joe Kubek and Stuff, in addition to playing alongside many local celebrities.

You can find Tommy playing at clubs, restaurants and festivals all over Long Island & the Tri-state area. His first 2 CD’s, “2 Left Hands” and “Side Street Boogie”, have received great reviews as well as getting International air play. His soon to be released CD, "Man in the Moon" is his best work yet! They are available at all of his shows as well as online. Visit his website to keep up to date on all of the happenings, www.tommykeys.com.

Acknowledgements:
Finalist, 22nd Annual International Blues Competition (IBC's)
Long Island Blues Society “Artist of the Month”
Downstate NY Blues Association "Artist of the month"
Long Island Entertainment News “Local Musician Spotlight”

Television:
Wes Houston Presents
LT1 TV
Zenbocks Forte, Cedar Beach

Radio:
Tommy's CD "Side Street Boogie" Reported to Living Blues
Featured on "Blues Deluxe & "The Colorado Wave" Syndicated Radio
WVIA Public Radio
WPKN-89.5 FM "Antique Blues"
WWOZ-FM 90.7 with "Big D", New Orleans, LA
WCWP- FM 88.1 with James O‘Keefe, Brookville, N.Y.
WRCN-FM 103.9 “Graveyard Blues” with Jerry Schaefer, Medford, N.Y.
WUSB- FM 90.1 “The Local Show” with Bill Frey, Stonybrook, N.Y.

Events & Clubs:
40th Annual B-Jazz Festival, Burghausen Germany, The 22nd Annual IBC's, Memphis TN (Finalist Solo/Duo Category), Ground Zero Blues Club (Clarksdale MS), 23rd Annual IBC's (Semi-finalist Band Category), The Riverhead Blues Festival (2002-2008), Cedar Beach Blues Festival (2000-2008), The Soul of The Blues Summer Series (2005-2007), Tweeds Buffalo Bar (Riverhead NY), Paula Jeans Supper Club (E. Setauket NY), The Bayou (N. Bellmore NY).

Discography

Come Over Here (John Earl Walker), Walkright 2008
Side Street Boogie (Tommy Keys), Ind. 2007
Devils & Peaches (Trubble Bruin), Ind. 2007
Breakaway Live (Breakaway), Ind. 2006
Food For Song (The Dare Ya Band), Monkenmusic 2006
Dirty Blues For A Dirty World (Pamela Betti & Dirty Love), Ind. 2006
Head For Cover (The Dare Ya Blues Band), Ind. 2005
Mr. Blues & I (Mike Manne & Tiger Blues), Blues Artists Records 2005
2 Left Hands (Tommy Keys), Ind. 2004
Fly Right (Hooch & The Bluesicians), Ind. 2004
Jump'n Out (Tommy Keys & The JumpStart Band), Curiosity Records 2003

Set List

My set list is always evolving - a vast array of style and textures including a host of tried & true originals mixed with unique arrangements and interpretations of recognizeable and traditional covers.

Although each show is considered unique, a typical performance or set is approximately 50 min. or 90 min. depending the event or situation.