John Paul Keith

Nashville Scene Critic's Pick …

From Knoxville, John Paul Keith did time in Nashville in the late ’90s and into the next decade — during his Music City years, he led both The Nevers and Stateside. After moving to Birmingham, Ala., Keith made his way to Memphis, where this genial but conflicted semi-power-pop artist seems to have found his spiritual home. On his 2009 full-length, Spills and Thrills, Keith sounded like Marshall Crenshaw or Nick Lowe — “Lookin’ for a Thrill” had a ’60s bubblegum-rock feel, while “Otherwise” was a country-rock pastiche. He continued to combine roots rock with pop savvy on 2011’s The Man That Time Forgot, and that record’s “Afraid to Look” is a first-rate song detailing a musician’s list of troubles: dental problems, inappropriate love objects and unfeeling audiences. The rest of The Man That Time Forgot is equally fine — Keith perfectly controls his pop formalism. 

—Edd Hurt

Thu, May 30 | 9:00 PM (8:00 Door)
The High Watt
18 and over
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John Paul Keith

Memphis TN  |  Rock

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