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Tommy Keys, whose swampland, New Orleans approach to the blues… plays many different blues sub-genres such as New Orleans, shuffles and rumbas…. back and forth from somber chord changes to the powerful chorus with the help of crescendos in the cymbals. - Adam Forman, Goodtimes Magazine


Dr. Professor Keys is a fine ivory tickler and he writes music with a joyous bounce and visual style. "Two Left Hands" is a generally happy collection of boogies, shuffles and get down, hip-shaking piano blues. The 88s go low blue, bounce New Orleans, pump Chicago and grind NY Boogie like no one's business. Keys sings with a smooth tenor that reminds me all at once of Bob Malone, Tom Waits and William Joel… the overall feel is of redemption by happy blues, even if his baby is so cruel that alligators and lawyers give her a wide berth!!
- Dr. Blues, LI Blues Society


Tommy Keys has done his part to preserve the traditions of barrelhouse boogie and stride piano at concerts all over Long Island for some time now. His first solo CD covers Pinetop Perkins, Otis Spann, Jimmy Reed and more, and also features five first-class originals, including the solo pieces "TK Boogie" and "Two Left Hands Boogie." Though devoted to historical piano styles, Mr. Keys is no slouch as a singer either, lending his warm tenor to the original blues tunes "Rosa Lee" and "Swamper John," sounding remarkably like fellow Long Islander Billy Joel on the ballad "Help You Understand," getting down and dirty on Thunder Smith's "Cruel Hearted Woman" ... - Jon Sobel, Blogcritics.org


He rocked the crowd with boogie, jump and stride piano and his warm vocals. - Mark Gresser, Long Island Blues Society


A great act was Tommy Keys, whose energy was addicting, and who also kept the party rolling along... - Debbie Tuma, Dans Papers


Beginning on August 28, hurricanes battered the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida and especially our spiritual center, New Orleans. The damage wrought by Katrina and then Rita was horrific in scope and then it was compounded in the Crescent City as the levees breached and Lake Pontchartrain filled the under sea level city. With homes and property destroyed, musical instruments needed to be put into the hands of the musicians so that they could resume making their living. LIBS continued the relief efforts with a series of benefits at local clubs. Over $1500 was sent to Katrina's Piano to buy instruments for New Orleans musicians. The last benefit for Katrina assistance was held at Atlantis Marineworld where Tommy Keys opened the evening with some very tasty New Orleans piano. Then, NOLA expatriate Coco Robicheaux and Pam Betti and the Bluebloods featuring Jim Moran availed the diners with inspired hoodoo and energetic dancetunes and $1555 went to the Salvation Army. - Dr. Blues, Long Island Blues Society 2005


..."Rum Boogie Woogie"... 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...
- By Peter "BLEWZZMAN" Lauro, © July, 2007 www.mary4music.com


Tommy has demonstrated a fine hand at songwriting on this compilation. The energy level is high and the good times are flowing as Keys tickles the ivories. Twelve cuts rock the joint with 6 being originals. Tommy shouts like he means it and his lyrics say it clear, from love to a government that's lost...his left hand anchors like bedrock while the right is flying around the upper keys. Keys blows some good harp, low, mournful and slow, too... - Dr. Blues, Long Island BluesSociety


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

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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).