My Guest: Chet O'Keefe
"Per his bio, Chet comes out of New Hampshire, having traveled the country via cars, buses, vans, backs of pickups and railcars, sleeping where he could find a bed along the way and pitching a tent when he couldn’t. He’s backed up Bo Diddley and he wrote The Gibson Brothers’ track “Ring the Bell.”
It’s only appropriate that Otis Gibbs got to mention this album on ninebulletsbefore I did, since he was the one that put me onto it via twitter last month. It’s also appropriate that Otis turned me onto Chet’s newest album, Game Bird, as they come from the same section of the singer/songwriter cafeteria, although Chet might gravitate a little to the John Prine table than Otis would. Game Birdfeatures Thomm Jutz and Pat McInerney from Nanci Griffith’s band, as well as Nanci herself occasionally on backing vocals, pedal steel player Robby Turner, Jimmie McEachern on bass and Brent Moyers on trumpet. From the upbeat tounge-in-cheek swing of “Take Me To The Liquor Store” to the darker moodiness that we’ve come to expect from those Canadian bands of “Game Bird” the band allows Chet to make use of a wider range of sound than you might find on the average singer/songwriter album and he does a fantastic job of utilizing it."