Photo by Zoya Greene
Keith Allen Dennis is hard to pin down. He has a style of music all to himself, which he calls "Mystic Blues." The lyrics are out of this world, yet of this world: songs about stars and planets, prophetic springs, the Virgin Mary, and riding on dust devils. The music is inspired by William Blake, Mother Goose, Neil Young, the Little Prince, Crash Worship, Leadbelly, Pink Floyd, Ali Farka Toure, the Tarot, and above all Bisbee, Arizona.
Keith was born and raised in Houston, Texas, but lived for seven years in Springfield, Missouri, where he first developed his distinctive 12-string style and visionary lyrics about the heavens above and below. He moved to Bisbee in 2007 and released his first single, "After Market" in 2008. The incalculable Stuart Oliver produced it, and went on to produce two albums with Keith: Year of the Cup (2009) and Mystic Blues (2015). These two albums articulate Keith's unique style.
This is cosmic music for cosmic cats. It is too much for one category. Keith says "pagan folk" might not be too far off the mark; "Indie-Americana" comes close. It is romantic, mystical, divine, humanist, heretical, Hermetical, animist, courageous, with a stiff sense of humor to keep it all grounded. Keith's music spans from the heights of the Mule Mountains on down into Brewery Gulch - he is in his element above and below, in the peaks and in the valleys.