Sunday, September 7, 2014

Keeton Coffman

Keeton Coffman is at his core, a songwriter. Evoking the melodic styles and passionate lyricism of Amos Lee, David Gray, and Bruce Springsteen, Coffman's songs capture your imagination while weaving a melody into your very soul. "The Ghost"." released this month, marks Keeton Coffman's first contribution as a solo artist. "The Letter" and "The Hunted & The Hunter", to the beautiful "The Ghost" and "The Magician", this 6 song collection overflows with stories of beauty and deception, faithfulness and loss, trepidation and fearlessness. Crafted within the walls of Tight Sound Studios in Huston TX, Keeton and long time friend and producer, Jay Snider shaped "The Ghost" on the heels of Coffman's former band (The 71's) dissolving abruptly, and with great devastation to Keeton.

"The Ghost" is not only the soundtrack to Keeton rebuilding as a musician, but as a human. Keeton Coffman truly shines during his performance with his lighthearted, personable approach and a gift for intimately connecting with his audience to make them fell at home. We caught up with Keeton this week from his hometown of Houston, TX to chat about the making of his new EP.

R. Nice catching up with you Keeton. I wanted to ask you straight of the bat with the track "The Hunted & The Hunter"what is the message behind the title and lyrics? Does this have anything to do with the break up? Who is the Hunted? and who is the Hunter?
KC.This song is a bit interesting to explain, and there are times when i tell the story behind it and I feel like it takes away from the beauty of the tune....but here goes. I kind of see God like storm on a mountain. And I'm the guy at the bottom of the cliff. For very obvious reasons the storm seems terrifying, and unapproachable. But, whether it's curiosity or hope or whatever, the character in this song decides to scale the mountain to get a better look at the storm. When he gets closer, it rains on him. The storm, both powerful and terrifying was also good - this kind of describes the relationship i have with God

R. Since the release of your last EP "Stumple on Love" back in 2013, what's different about this new one? walks us through the music arrangement, production and over-all feelings you had in making "The Ghost".
KC. Haha... well Stumble On Love was me making music in a 10x10 studio room I have.  I played all the instruments with the exception of some drum tracks, spent very little time or money on it... I just liked the songs and wanted my friends to hear it.  It's pretty rough around the edges, but I am proud of the tunes.

The Ghost was a the product of working with my friend/producer/drummer Jay Snider. He really polished the thing up and pushed me to have some pretty special performances on that EP. We had fun making it and I can't wait to do another set of tunes with him again.

R. How did you become involved in the type of music you play/sing now?
KC. don't really see my music as a "type"... at least I'm not aiming it any one direction. As I try to be the best songwriter I can be, that's just what the music sounds like.

R. If you had to describe your music in three or four words. What would you call it?
KC. Oh I don't think I can do that :)  



R. Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now?
KC. Oh I like so much different music, but I wouldn't say I have a sophisticated taste. If it's a good song, I can really dig it. Lately I've also been listening to Miles Davis a lot, which is kind of new for me. Still, Springsteen is my favorite.

R. The latest track "The Ghost" is hauntingly quiet and beautiful. Are you the Ghost?
KC. No the ghost represents people who leave us through death, or a broken relationship, and the way that they, for good or bad, live in the things around us.

Last but not least...

R. If you had only five minutes on earth to perform one song that could leave a great impact on the world today, what song would you perform and why did you choose this particular piece?
KC. Stand By Me by Sam Cooke, because I love it so much. 

The Ghost is available HERE


Upcoming Shows
09/13 YES, INDEED! Music Festival - Houston, TX
09/18 House of Blues - Houston, TX
09/29 Northgate Country Club - Houston, TX
10/17 Dan Electro's Guitar Bar - Houston, TX
10/25 Envy White Room - Spring, TX 

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