John Paul Keith at WWT. Photo by Lizzie Burnham.
JOHN PAUL KEITH AND THE ONE, FOUR, FIVES10 p.m., White Water Tavern. $5.
John Paul Keith
rediscovered music on Beale Street. After a decade that saw him quit the heralded alt-country band the Viceroys (over a shift in the band's musical direction), signed to Sire Records (only to have his band's record shelved) and backing Ryan Adams in the studio (only to have his band tour with Adams without him), Keith moved to Memphis in 2005 with all intentions of hanging it up. But when he needed money, he still had the chops and a friend hooked him up with a gig on Beale Street, and that's all it took. He's been part of Memphis' thriving roots-punk scene since, touring and recording with the likes of Harlan T. Bobo and Jack Oblivian and, of course, leading the One, Four, Fives. Keith leads that band to town on Friday to celebrate the release of their debut LP, “Spill and Thrills.” If it's anything like the band's live show, an infectious throwback to the good ole days of rock 'n' roll, it might make a nice from-me, to-me early Christmas present. Local singer/songwriter Jonathan Wilkins
opens with a full band.