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by Dave Keener

Ronnie Lane meets The Beatles meets Billy Bragg meets middle age with humor, honesty and some catchy tunes.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. When
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2. That's the Way I Do It
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3. Linear Larry
2:51 $0.99
4. This Is Where I Came In
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5. Uncle
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6. Second-Rate Rainbow
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7. Mama Had a Bongo
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8. Gather Round
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9. Bottom of My Heart
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10. Put That Baby Down
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11. No One Else
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12. All This and Heaven Too
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Album Notes
“Dave Keener is a terrific songwriter with a gift for catchy songs, humor, and subtle emotion. In a perfect world, his CDs would be featured at the counter of every coffee shop in the nation.”—Mike Sauter, Music Director, WYEP/Pittsburgh

Dave Keener made an album about being Dave Keener that everyone can relate to. “Slugger” is 12 tracks of fun, moving, and catchy indie-folk.

It’s not easy to be yourself. But Dave Keener has attempted to make the Dave Keeneriest Dave Keener album ever. With “Slugger” the Brooklyn singer-songwriter simply tried to embrace whatever makes Dave, Dave.

“That’s the Way I Do It” is a head-bopping acoustic number espousing a personal philosophy that the singer himself accepts unconditionally—without fully understanding. “Mama Had a Bongo, is an over-the-top double entendre about a Mom and Dad who play the banjo and bongos together “all night long.” At the other end of the spectrum, “Put That Baby Down”—part George Jones, part Motown—is an all too real heartbreaker about a relationship on the ropes. Whatever is on his mind—from relationship advice for his nephew to being a crappy multi-tasker—Keener is dedicated to finding the emotion in it and turning it into song.

“Slugger” shows the influence of singer-songwriters like Billy Bragg, Ronnie Lane, James Winchester and musical styles ranging from Irish folk and Motown to British invasion and Doo-Wop. Arrangements are kept simple, so the story can come through, with Keener singing clearly over easy rhythm guitar, setting a laid-back groove. The rhythm section consists of Russ Alderson and Dave Foster on bass and drummers James Morris and Tom Devito, with Jen McDearman on percussion. The band is rounded out by backup vocalist Karen Dahlstrom and Bill Wadman on piano and organ.

“Slugger” was recorded and mixed by Jon Alstchuler at the Seaside Lounge in Brooklyn. Around the corner from the studio, is Freddys Bar, where Keener performs regularly and where he refined many of the songs on this album. Like his songwriting style, Keener’s approach to live performance is a little different. Instead of doing the usual 45 minute set and making way for the next performer, Keener took a two-hour time slot and booked three more singer-songwriters to share the night. The result is Songwriter Deathmatch, an event with four or five performers, all bringing their A game and their audience to a fun, intimate evening of song with Keener as the emcee.

Dave Keener is a singer-songwriter from Brooklyn, where he hosts the monthly showcase, Songwriter Deathmatch. His first full-length CD The Easy Way made the New York Roots, Rock and Americana Chart. Before that, Dave recorded an EP, It’s Hard to Be Aggressive When You’re Confused and the full length comedy CD Them Keener Boys with his brother, Tom. Dave’s song Mr. Johnson was recorded by the band King Missile. Dave plays traditional Irish music on banjo and guitar, writes advertising to pay the bills and is attempting to break the will of a black and tan coonhound.



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