For a guy that was heavily influenced by that golden era of power pop that the Raspberries brought into existence in the 70’s and subsequently honed in on his own version of it, Tommy Keene sure hasn’t lost any fans due to his admiring grip on that musical nostalgia. His latest release, Behind the Parade [Second Motion Records], is as winning as the instigatory releases of the genre were and it’s a true pleasure to listen to. PopMatters mentions of Keene that he is ” a musician whose albums feel, almost unfailingly, like visits from an old friend that you lament never keeping as much in touch with anymore as you would like. Tommy Keene makes comfort music, in other words, and if this sounds far less exciting to you than an Odd Future provocation or a Lady Gaga pose, Behind The Parade offers 40 more minutes worth of testimony to the continued value of exquisite craftsmanship of even the most familiar traditions.”
Check out a track from Behind The Parade, “Deep Six Saturday”, above and tune in to WMSE today to hear a live phone interview between WMSE DJ Melissa and Keene at 2:30 p.m. previewing his performance tonight at Milwaukee’s Shank Hall. 91.7 FM on your radio dial, or stream live (or in the archives) at WMSE.org.