Because Songs Matter

CHET O’KEEFE – GAME BIRD


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 ninebullets before 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 Bird features 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.

Check out the mp3s and if you like what you hear, head over to bandcamp and pick up the album.

Chet O'Keefe - Take Me Down (To The Liquor Store)     

Chet O'Keefe - Game Bird     

Chet O'Keefe - Econoline Van     

10 Comments

  1. Lynchie from Aberdeen Lynchie from Aberdeen
    April 14, 2011    

    Great stuff. Thanks for sharing these songs.

  2. April 15, 2011    

    It’s worth noting that Chet is one hell of a good guitar player too. I’m glad to see more people are getting hip to Chet!

  3. Joe Joe
    April 15, 2011    

    I love that this guy is from New Hampshire. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Griffithlistener Griffithlistener
    April 15, 2011    

    Would you please consider sending me even privately the songs some swedish men and petting zoo? I would greatly appreciate that okay hope to hear from you

  5. April 15, 2011    

    No. This isn’t a piracy site.

  6. Matt K. Matt K.
    April 22, 2011    

    Great album and well deserved recognition. Although the featured album cover art here should be replaced with a more accurate version. Here are the files:

    http://www.mattkaminski.com/cheto/gamebird-cover.jpg

    http://www.mattkaminski.com/cheto/gamebird-sleeve.jpg

  7. August 4, 2011    

    Here’s something Chet recorded in Feb 2000 on my home computer, with a little help? from my cat Gonzo (now deceased). The song was a couple of weeks old and is superb.

    http://youtu.be/tXA_sqxO1A0

  8. August 4, 2011    

    fucking awesome!
    Thanks for sharing.

  9. December 4, 2011    

    I’m sure that was just a typo…I think you meant 2010, not 2000.

  10. The Stickleyville Slingshot The Stickleyville Slingshot
    August 24, 2012    

    I used to work with Chet at a little junk electronics store in Nashville. He’s about as nice a guy as you could imagine. While we worked together, he gave me a demo cd that he had recorded with his then band, The Farmers Co-Op, at Big Pink Studios. It is great. That has been about 6 years ago and I still listen to it all the time.

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