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Tommy Keene has spent a lifetime chasing the perfect power-pop tune, and he’s succeeded on many occasions. Behind the Parade continues his winning streak. A track as immediate as “Already Made Up Your Mind” fits comfortably next to Keene’s oldest masterworks. His consistency is a little mind-boggling. The Bethseda, Maryland singer-guitarist has never made a bad album. With tracks such as “Behind the Parade,” “Running for Your Life” and “The Long Goodbye,” he’s in the zone. The guitars are crisp and intimidating, able to do real damage against the solid rhythm section. Keene makes adult pop that never loses its energy. It isn’t mellow, easy listening nor is it complicated. It’s smart, focused material with a tough, single-minded approach. There are no superfluous arrangements, no self-indulgent songs. He’s the same man who gave the world “Back Again (Try…)” and the album Songs from the Film back in the ‘80s. His songs continue to deliver a pop-rock punch second to no one.

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I'm Keen on Keene

Tommy has an indelioble place in my music history. From the first time I heard "Strange Alliance" on WHFS in DC and then met him at the 9:30 Club, I was hooked by his powerful melodies and sonic sound. And now...SO many years later, it's great to see someone who has lived up to his own legend among DC music lovers! Keene's compositions are always well textured and rich with melody. And he's got a great voice that is highly memorable and unique to where you know who is singing within a note or two. Tommy's an amazing writer and this collection of songs shows a man who has kept that rock and roll spirit alive and well. If you like powerful rock combined with a great big dose of stunning vocals, check this out and then go grab everything else the man has done. He's SO worth it!!!


Born: June 30, 1958 in Bethesda, MD

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hailing from Bethesda, Maryland, Tommy Keene is a guitarist and singer/songwriter who plays and writes melodic guitar-based pop/rock. As a child, Keene played classical piano before picking up guitar and drums. He spent his teenage years drumming in a rock trio called Blue Steel, whose original guitar player, Mike Lofgren, was the younger brother of Nils Lofgren. Consequently, Keene's first notable gig was when Blue Steel opened for Lofgren's band Grin. In 1977, while attending the University of...
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