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Tony Keats

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A fork in the road doesn't always look like a poem. To Tony Keats, it looked like a guy cashing in the nickels and dimes he’d saved to try out a different path. Or what he thought of as a different life.

Tony had spent the entirety of his 20s traveling with his band in a van bouncing around the Southeast playing college towns and juke joints from Georgia to Ohio and Memphis to Virginia before settling in Nashville.

“It got to the point where I was waiting tables between rehearsals and shows and saving my change, literally in jars. Frustrated from what felt like a lack of growth, I cashed it in at a grocery store, bought a computer and enrolled in software programming class."

It led to a different life professionally. But he wasn’t giving up on art or the dream – just finding a way to balance it all and learning that the writing happens always through experience, even when it doesn’t look and feel like writing.

"This was before everyone had Garage Band on their laptop and a recording devise in their pocket. What I didn't realize was that this would ultimately move me into the direction that I thought I was drifting away from." 

For the next chapter, in between his day job, Tony transitioned to a guitar-player-for-hire role playing with a wide variety of singer-songwriters both live and in the studio. But he never stopped writing leaving scraps in notebooks, and eventually, melodies on voice recordings and in computer programs.

Radio Sounds is a collection of songs from recent years. It was recorded at Howard’s Apartment Studio in Nashville and produced by Dave Coleman. 

“Most of these songs reflect on growth, change and continuing to move towards something -- whether it be art, love or happiness. I no longer think in terms of destinations or end results but more in terms of paths and changes.” 

In the song "The Dream," Keats alludes to that age-old philosophy recognized by many, regardless of their path: “When you dream of something for so long / it’s not the something that sets you free / it’s the dream.

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