John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives

John Paul Keith was a founding member of Knoxville Roots Rock Heroes, The V-Roys. He recorded with Ryan Adams as part of the infamous and oft-bootlegged “Pink Heart Sessions.” Keith and his guitar even appear on a few tracks from Ryan’s 2002 CD Demolition. He currently plays guitar in a garage rock band with legendary producer Jim Dickenson.

Why then, have I not heard more about this singer/songwriter/axe man who is currently based in Memphis? I don’t know. I DO know that Keith was one of the first visitors to “AFCLAAWB” and, sensing a Knoxville connection, sent me a link to some music he’s been working on recently with his new project, John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives.

Musically, the One Four Fives put forth a rollicking rockabilly sound that is sure to have the good people of Memphis putting in their time on the dance floor. Keith’s lyrics touch on the classic topics of Rock & Roll excess and Honky Tonk heartache. “Looking for a Thrill” is a muscular guitar powered romp that warns of the bad things that can be found while looking for a good time. On “Otherwise” the protagonist puts on a brave face over top of some country twang while suffering through another broken heart.

“I got a great big hole in my chest where my heart was.
Otherwise I’m doing fine.
Every night I go to sleep to keep from crying.
Otherwise I’m doing fine.”

The One Four Fives don’t have a CD available just yet… but the 7″ vinyl single for “Looking for a Thrill” is available from Goner Records.

John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives: Looking for a Thrill (Buy the vinyl)
John Paul Keith and the One Four Fives: Otherwise (Buy the vinyl)

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