2. To Me
3. Lift Me Up
5. Long Way From Home
Keaton Simons debuts on the scene with this mix of mainstream rock and classic blues-rock. His music is like a bridge between old and new and captures a lot of passion and emotion.
Currently, the opener mixes mainstream pop/rock (think Gavin deGraw, John Mayer) with blues-rock (like Buddy Guy & B.B. King), in an extremely pleasant song.
We then hear To Me, which reminds a lot of John Mayer. Even vocally, Keaton Simons is not too far away from Mayer. Mind that we are talking about the later Mayer, not the early “Room For Squares” Mayer. Keaton brings this song very soulfully and it’s a great example of how music is emotion/passion.
The third song is Lift Me Up with a Cream-esque feel. This is almost pure old-school blues-rock, in a modern jacket. Keaton Simons proves us that this music is still actual and should most definitely be heard.
Lightning has an almost folky undertone. Like a more serious Jason Mraz, but then more ‘rootsy’. And if you listen well, you can also hear a jazzy swing in it. Great musicianship.
The EP ends with Long Way From Home, a song that I would like to classify as blues-folk. I am probably making up this genre, but that’s how it strikes me. With a lot of focus on Keaton’s excellent vocals and great use of instrumentals. It’s like Nick Drake decided to play the blues, or Tim Buckley teamed up with Muddy Waters. Very impressive.
Keaton Simons brings us a great debut EP. Too bad there are only 5 songs, but even in 5 songs, Keaton Simons shows a great creativity and diversity, and most of all an incredibly musical talent. We are gonna hear loads more of this man.