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Jim Keller: A Tutone Explores Rootsy Folk

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Jim Keller: A Tutone Explores Rootsy Folk

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Jim Keller: A Tutone Explores Rootsy Folk

Jim Keller: A Tutone Explores Rootsy Folk

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Jim Keller began his career in the early '80s, as part of the San Francisco power-pop band Tommy Tutone. As a co-founder, lead guitarist and supporting vocalist, Keller started the group in the late '70s with Tommy Heath. By the '80s, Tommy Tutone was rolling to the top of the Billboard charts with its song "867-5309/Jenny," which sold more than a million copies.

Song List

  • "Wonderful World"
  • "Sunshine in My Pocket"

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Though no longer part of Tommy Tutone, Keller has returned to his songwriting roots. His recent project, Sunshine in My Pocket, strays a long way from the pop of his past, but its upbeat, rootsy folk shimmers with incredible optimism. For track after track, Keller captures beaming positivity with bouncy and soulful deep vocals, keyboard flourishes and guitar strumming that's never overpowering. The addition of bright, brassy textures on the horns adds another layer of soulful joy to the proceedings.

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