Like Brooklyn, NY, where he lives and works, Keith Paine is smooth and gritty in all the right places. A relative latecomer to the rock scene, Keith is digging new ground with his sultry mixture of dirty grooves and bluesy indie rock. Take a sip of your drink, close your eyes and imagine if Eddie Vedder was born in the Delta and spent his formative years on the Lower East Side, and you'll get a taste of what Keith’s about.
He’s brought his killer band and “serious hooks” (New York Press) all over the city and elsewhere, sharing the stage with Tift Merritt for Trudie Styler's RAN benefit, headlining at Rockwood Music Hall, recording and performing with the African star Ramata Diakite at Central Park Summerstage, and partaking of the madness at the CMJ and SXSW Music Festivals. Looking ahead, Paine and his band will open for The Mavericks at Alive@5 in Stamford, CT on June 27.
Paine's performance in Stamford, near his hometown, will feature songs from his latest release, Speakeasy--a bluesy, laid-back rocker with surprising depth--which showcases Paine's raw, enigmatic vocals and his band in full drive. It's no shock that Keith and his music are consistently attracting new fans and an eclectic mix of kindred spirit A-list musicians.
On Speakeasy, Paine shares the ride with Rich Hinman's (Rosanne Cash, Ben Kweller) superb guitar and lap steel work, a terrific rhythm section of Malcolm Gold and Chris Benelli, and a classic cameo from Clark Gayton (Sting, Rihanna) on trombone. Co-written with Andy Stack (She and the Sun), engineered and mixed by Ken Rich (Tracy Bonham, David Byrne, Ani DiFranco), the record was recorded at Rich's "supremely vibey" Brooklyn studio.
The Alive@Five concert falls during a busy time for Paine, as he's taken on two new creative projects: curating the songlist for a major retailer, and the recent birth of his daughter, Darshini.
Along with his creative pursuits, Paine is also a recognized expert in fitness and part owner of Nimble Fitness in Manhattan. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY with his wife Indira and his daughter.