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Because of You

by Chet O Keefe

At first glance he radiates the aura of a mysterious, wandering nomad, a rootless troubadour, a Huckleberry Finn-meets-Bob Dylan-meets-John Prine. Chet O’Keefe is not just charting a past of musical accomplishments; he is plotting a course for the future of his music and songwriting…transforming from smooth songsmith to razor-sharp guitar slinger…
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1. Not Drunk Yet
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2. True Love
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3. Because of You
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4. Hick Tech (Nology)
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5. Goin' Downtown
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6. Oh Angel
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7. Star Cafe
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8. Drinkin' Day
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9. Blue Martin
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10. Talking Kerrville Blues
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“At first glance he radiates the aura of a mysterious, wandering nomad, a rootless troubadour, a Huckleberry Finn-meets-Bob Dylan-meets-Bob Prine. Chet O’Keefe is not just charting a past of musical accomplishments; he is plotting a course for the future of his music and songwriting…transforming from smooth songsmith to razor-sharp guitar slinger…” Alex Ashley–Spokesman-Review.



Chet O’Keefe is an American singer/songwriter who has forged new frontiers in the realm of Americana music, creating an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence.



A well-travelled recording artist, O’Keefe has, previously, produced two albums: “Four Wheel Low” (1998). “Game Bird” (2010). His long awaited new CD ‘Because of you’ is a wonderful collection of songs that will get you thinking, singing and swaying.



We asked Chet what it was all about:

‘If anything, it's about recognizing the people who came before me, in this case, Blaze Foley, and saying, yes, because of you, this next generation of writers like myself can be inspired to go on and write songs like this and pass them along, it's kind of a tribute in that way to teachers, or the preceding generation.

Two of the songs were post-humously written with Blaze Foley, Because of You, and Going Downtown, and 2 of the songs, Oh Angel and Blue Martin, were co-written the day before they were recorded with Thomm Jutz, Kim Richey, and Jon Weisberger, and I wrote the rest of them myself. We just piled in to Thomm's studio outside of Nashville TN and 3 days later we had a record recorded. Thomm works fast’.

He has also toured extensively. Always in demand to perform in the USA, he ‘criss-crosses’ the country on a regular basis. His nearest visits to UK were in 2010, he joined friend and fellow songwriter, renowned folk artist Nancy Griffith, on a tour of Ireland, and more recently he joined famed Texan, Kinky Friedman, on two Scandinavian tours encompassing Norway and Sweden.



This June, 2016, he is, at last, and much to the joy of his fans, playing in the UK (dates below) joining Scarlet Records stable-mate/owner Liz Lenten (from Auburn) to launch the new CD.



Liz said ‘Chet’s voice and songs blew me away the minute I heard them, I can’t wait to sing with him live and to introduce him to the UK, I know that he will win over everyone who hears him, he’s such a natural storyteller. And I’m really looking forward to showing him round the country…it’s his first trip to UK, so I’m hoping have a great time and want to come back and play here again!’



People have always got lots to say about Chet:



“He’s a highly evolved human being,” says Thomm Jutz, who has produced two of O’Keefe’s records. “His spirituality is reflected in his songs, and in the way he leads his life. I’ve seen him wow big audiences that had never heard of him before.”



“You never know what to expect when someone calls you and asks you to listen to their friend. Within 30 seconds of listening to OKeefe I was hooked. Magic, pure magic. “I booked him an hour later.” said Scott Ward, owner of Strangebrew in Austin.



Chet’s own message to his listeners is this: ‘You don't always get what you go after, but you do get what you wouldn't have got if you didn't go after what you didn't get. So just keep going and don't give up. Also, watch out for poison ivy and snakes’



Or, in the words of Nancy Griffith: “Welcome to the magical world of Chet O’Keefe.”

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