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As a child, Keene started playing the classical piano but eventually picked up the guitar and drums. During his teenage years he was part of a rock trio called ‘Blue Steel' in which he played the drums. His first important gig was when ‘Blue Steel' opened for Lofgren's band ‘Grin'. While studying at the University of Maryland, Keene took up the guitar and started a brief band the ‘Rage' with songwriter Richard X. Heyman.

Eventually, he quit the band and joined the popular band ‘Razz', where he met his future band mate bass player Ted Nicely. After quitting the band, he set off on a European tour as a sideman for new wave singer ‘Suzanne Fellin', before co-starting the band ‘Pieces' in New York.

However, he was not satisfied with the band and decided to start his own band with Nicely, drummer Doug Tull and guitarist Michael Colburn, who was soon replaced by Billy Connelly. In 1982, the group came out with the album ‘Strange Alliance' on their own Avenue label. The album attracted the attention of record companies and the band finally signed a record deal with ‘Dolphin label'. After releasing two EPs the band then signed a recording deal with Geffen. After releasing two albums ‘Songs from the Film' (1986) and ‘Based on Happy Times' (1989) and an EP ‘Run Now', the band parted ways with Geffen.

Not the one to dithered; Keene established a new supporting band comprising of bassist/vocalist Brad Quinn and drummer John Richardson and signed a deal with ‘Matador'. The band then released the EP ‘Sleeping on a Roller Coaster' in 1992, which was followed by the full-length album ‘Ten Years After' in 1996 for Matador. Apart from recording and touring with his band, Tommy Keene was on the road with both Velvet Crush and Paul Westerberg as a guitarist. In 1998, Keene came out with yet another album ‘Isolation Party' for Matador. In 2002, he collaborated with rhythm section of John Richardson and Brad Quinn, Wilco's Jay Bennett, singer/songwriter Adam Schmitt, and ex-Gin Blossoms front man Robin Wilson to record and release the album ‘The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down'. In 2006, he released his tenth solo album ‘Crashing the Ether', which was well accepted.


Full-length albums

• Strange Alliance (1982, Avenue)
• Songs from the Film (1986, Geffen)
• Based on Happy Times (1989, Geffen)
• Ten Years After (1996, Matador)
• Isolation Party (1998, Matador)
• The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (2002, spinART)
• Crashing the Ether (2006, Eleven Thirty)
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Tommy Keene is a guitarist and singer/songwriter par excellence, he is known for his melodic guitar-based pop/rock.
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