JOHN PAUL KEITH - The Rhythm of The City
Sello: Wild Honey records
The heartfelt admiration that John Paul Keith expresses for the Memphis sound has been forever imprinted on his fifth studio album, The Rhythm of the City. The 10 new songs make up his first self-produced album and bring together, with the help of a wind section, all the deep-rooted blues, soul, rock and roll and magical abandon that Memphis has to offer.
John Paul Keith’s pure, unadulterated, brilliant soul sound is largely due to the amazing studio musicians whose performances provided the template and base to let Keith’s voice shine through. The album was carefully molded in southern soul and the Stax and Hi Records sounds from the 60s and 70s, influenced by local blues, country and gospel music. The album also features the vocals of Tierinii and Tikyra Jackson from the Grammy-nominated group Southern Avenue, which add that Motown R&B, almost pop, flavor. You can really hear the groove in “How do I say no”, “Keep on Keep on” or the Mersey Beat-ish “Ain’t done loving you again”. “The Sun’s Gonna Shine Again” is Al Green at its finest, with its combination of soul and funky rhythm and blues, invoking the essence of the king of blues himself, Mr. BB King, in “The Rhythm of the City” and “How can you walk away”, or even Elvis in “Love Love Love”.
John Paul Keith is love, emotion and the strong, insistent force of one amazing guy driven by his band, giving each song of the outstanding The Rhythm of the City a sweaty and wild aura, while at the same time evoking religion and spirituality. Keith establishes the dualities between “good” and “evil”. At times, the backup vocals sound like they’re straight out of an afterhours Saturday night club, and at others, from the church choir on a Sunday morning. Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” plays on the radio when someone next to you – or maybe even you, yourself – suddenly says, “Ah, those were the good ol’ days.” And what about today?
A1 How Can You Walk Away
A2 Love Love Love
A3 The Sun's Gonna Shine Again
A4 The Rhythm Of The City
A5 Keep On Keep On
B1 I Don't Wanna Know
B2 Ain't Done Loving You Yet
B3 If I Ever Get The Chance Again
B4 If I Had Money
B5 How Do I Say No