He saw Arlo Guthrie perform “Alice’s Restaurant.” In the fall of that year he got a copy of the album, learned the whole song and sang it at a Holiday Inn in Charleston, South Carolina. They hired him on the spot for a regular gig playing music in the hotel. It’s pretty perfect that such a rambling tale should be at the start of Keith’s own rambling tale – in the more than 40 years that followed, he would become a troubadour and storyteller, a massively successful songwriter with more than 100 songs recorded by artists as diverse as Rosanne Cash and George Thorogood. He would tour every corner of America and play in just about every conceivable kind of venue, appear on Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits, and host songwriter nights on Memphis’ legendary Beale Street with many of music’s most talented songwriters. He would join Jimmy Buffett’s Coral Reefer Band, tour the country and record the Volcano album – the title track for which he co-wrote with Jimmy. To date, recordings of Keith’s songs have sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. With 13 full-length albums released – and great success with his own publishing company, credited with signing John Kilzer to Geffen Records and the discovery of Todd Snider – Keith Sykes has proven to be nothing short of prolific.
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Many thanks to the folks at RadioA1A for making “Come As You Are Beach Bar” Number 1 for the month of July. Trop Rock is growing and I’m proud to be a part of it, but to be #1 is way beyond anything I thought would happen. You can vote for your favorite song by[…]
“Come As You Are Beach Bar” is a pick by the Community on BuzzFeed for one of the Must Have Songs For The Summer. Click the pic above and it’ll take you to the link to check it out. https://www.buzzfeed.com/thecaptainsaysso/7-new-must-have-songs-for-your-summer-getaway-2h3sz?sub=4309052_9197991
The show aired June 25th, 4pm Eastern Time on WCHQ 100.9 in Louisville, KY. Click here https://soundcloud.com/chradio/back-tracks-20160625-keith-sykes?in=chradio/sets/back-tracks to listen to the show in it’s entirety. It’ll be up for a while so share with anyone who may be interested.
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