Tommy Keene

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Tommy Keene (born June 30, 1958, Bethesda, Maryland, USA – died November 22, 2017) was an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, keyboardist, and percussionist.
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Albums

Tommy Keene - Strange Alliance album art Tommy Keene Strange Alliance (Album) Avenue Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Songs From The Film album art Tommy Keene Songs From The Film (Album) Geffen Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Based On Happy Times album art Tommy Keene Based On Happy Times (Album) Geffen Records Canada 1989 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Ten Years After album art Tommy Keene Ten Years After (Album) Matador US 1996 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Isolation Party album art Tommy Keene Isolation Party (Album) Matador Japan 1998 Sell This Version
none Tommy Keene - Showtunes The Live Tommy Keene Album album art Tommy Keene Showtunes The Live Tommy Keene Album(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 2001 Sell This Version
spart 105 Tommy Keene - The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down album art Tommy Keene The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down(CD, Album, Promo) SpinART Records spart 105 US 2002 Sell This Version
spart 105 Tommy Keene - The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down album art Tommy Keene The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down(CD, Album) SpinART Records spart 105 US 2002 Sell This Version
ELV 7010 Tommy Keene - Crashing The Ether album art Tommy Keene Crashing The Ether(CD, Album) Eleven Thirty Records ELV 7010 US 2006 Sell This Version
CD-SMR-008 Tommy Keene - In The Late Bright album art Tommy Keene In The Late Bright(CD, Album) Second Motion Records CD-SMR-008 US 2009 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Behind The Parade album art Tommy Keene Behind The Parade (Album) Second Motion Records US 2011 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Excitement At Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album album art Tommy Keene Excitement At Your Feet: The Tommy Keene Covers Album (Album) Second Motion Records US 2013 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Laugh In The Dark album art Tommy Keene Laugh In The Dark (Album) Second Motion Records US 2015 Sell This Version
none Tommy Keene - Showtunes II album art Tommy Keene Showtunes II(CD, Album) Not On Label none US 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Tommy Keene - Back To Zero Now/Mr. Roland album art Tommy Keene Back To Zero Now/Mr. Roland (Single) Avenue Records US 1982 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Places That Are Gone album art Tommy Keene Places That Are Gone (EP) Dolphin Records (4) Japan 1984 Sell This Version
DPRO 52953 Tommy Keene - Back Again (Try...) album art Tommy Keene Back Again (Try...)(12") Dolphin Records (4) DPRO 52953 US 1984 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Listen To Me / Kill Your Sons album art Tommy Keene Listen To Me / Kill Your Sons (Single) Geffen Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Run Now album art Tommy Keene Run Now (EP) Geffen Records US 1986 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Places That Are Gone album art Tommy Keene Places That Are Gone (Single) Geffen Records Canada 1986 Sell This Version
7-28678 Tommy Keene - Listen To Me/Faith In Love album art Tommy Keene Listen To Me/Faith In Love(7", Single) Geffen Records 7-28678 US 1986 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Based On Happy Times album art Tommy Keene Based On Happy Times Geffen Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
PRO-CD-3414 Tommy Keene - Our Car Club album art Tommy Keene Our Car Club(CD, Single, Promo) Geffen Records PRO-CD-3414 US 1989 Sell This Version
OLE 039-2 Tommy Keene - Sleeping On A Roller Coaster album art Tommy Keene Sleeping On A Roller Coaster(CD, Maxi) Matador OLE 039-2 US 1992 Sell This Version
Tommy Keene - Songs For Slim album art Lucinda Williams / Tommy Keene With R. Walt Vincent Lucinda Williams / Tommy Keene With R. Walt Vincent - Songs For Slim (Single) New West Records US 2013 Sell This Version

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BankofVinyl

March 8, 2012
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 Maryland, Keene switched to guitar and formed the short-lived band the Rage with songwriter Richard X. Heyman. During this period, Keene left the Rage to join a popular Washington, D.C. rock band called the Razz, who opened for such notable acts as the Ramones, Devo, and Patti Smith. It was in the Razz that Keene met bass player Ted Nicely, who would work with him throughout the '80s.

After the Razz, Keene embarked on a European tour as a sideman for new wave singer Suzanne Fellini, before co-founding a band called Pieces in New York. Unhappy with the music, Keene decided to form his own group with Nicely and drummer Doug Tull (also from the Razz), plus a guitar player named Michael Colburn, who was soon replaced by Billy Connelly. Using Keene's name, they released Strange Alliance on their own Avenue label in 1982, before being picked up by the Dolphin label out of North Carolina. Keene recorded two EPs there before being signed to Geffen, which released two full albums, Songs from the Film and Based on Happy Times, as well as Run Now, a six-song EP of previously recorded material, before dropping Keene from its roster.

With a new backup band that included bassist/vocalist Brad Quinn and drummer John Richardson, Keene inked a deal with Matador in the early '90s, recording the EP Sleeping on a Roller Coaster and a full-length album entitled Ten Years After in 1996. In 1993, Alias released The Real Underground, a retrospective of Keene's career that included a wealth of unreleased tracks and out of print material from the '80s. In addition to recording and touring behind his records, Tommy Keene spent some of the '90s as a guitarist for hire, on the road with both Velvet Crush and Paul Westerberg. In 1998, Keene released a new studio album, Isolation Party. Four years later, Keene hooked up with his longtime rhythm section of John Richardson and Brad Quinn, Wilco's Jay Bennett, singer/songwriter Adam Schmitt, and ex-Gin Blossoms frontman Robin Wilson to issue The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down in June. In 2004, he switched lineups and released Drowning, and two years later, his tenth solo record, Crashing the Ether, came out on Eleven Thirty Records. In the Late Bright followed in 2009 on Second Motion. The following year saw the release of the double-disc, career-spanning compilation Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009. In 2011, Keene returned with the studio album Behind the

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