Jim Keller – By No Means

 

Jim Keller - By No Means

Jim Keller – By No Means
Format: CD – Digital
Label: Continental Record Services
Release: 2021
Release date: May 21, 2021

What would you get if John Lee Hooker quarantined with Kraftwerk? Jim Keller’s mix of industrial blues and industrial menace, ”Don’t Get Me Started,” could turn out to be the definitive song for the pandemic.

Keller first got attention years ago when, as part of San Francisco group Tommy Tutone, he co-wrote and performed “867-5309” (“Jenny Jenny”), a classic power pop tune that made 80’s radio so listenable.

After migrating to New York, he jumped the fence, running Philip Glass’s publishing company and taking over management of Glass’s career as director of Dunvagen Music.

In 2005, Keller returned to recording and performing and with a voice aged by time, whiskey and promises, he’s got the sound of someone who could have been Tom Petty’s therapist. He’s made three solo albums to date Sunshine In My Pocket (2005), Soul Candy (2011) and Heaven Can Wait (2014).

A cult figure in the music business, Keller’s gigs at New York’s Lakeside Lounge and The Rockwood Music Hall are legendary. If the best players in town weren’t on stage with him, they were in the audience, singing along, playing along, making the sort of noise that would get you locked up in a lesser town.

‘By No Means’ has been written with longtime collaborator Byron Isaacs (The Lumineers, Levon Helm), produced by Mitchell Froom (Los Lobos, Crowded House, Randy Newman) and Backed by Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo on guitar.

It’s the phrasing that hooks you, sly and all knowing but still waiting to be told that one secret that might make it all worth it, that might make sense of this whole crazy mess. 

Tracklist:

Easy Rider – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller

Laying on the Tracks – Jim Keller, Byron Isaacs, and Mitchell Froom
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

I Don’t Want To Fight Anymore – Jim Keller, Byron Isaacs, and Mitchell Froom
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Mistakes – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Find My Shadow – Jim Keller, Byron Isaacs, and Billy Harvey
Guitar and Background Vocals – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Maria Come Home – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Don’t Get Me Started – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Arrangement – Mitchell Froom

Pretending – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Love on the Line – Jim Keller, Byron Isaacs, and Julian Crouch
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Wild Love – Jim Keller, Byron Isaacs, and Mitchell Froom
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Background Vocals – Vonda Shepard
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Done Walking the Line – Jim Keller and Byron Isaacs
Guitar – David Hidalgo
Acoustic Guitar and Vocals – Jim Keller
Bass – Bob Glaub
Drums and Percussion – Michael Urbano
Keyboards and Other Stuff – Mitchell Froom

Website: Jim Keller

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