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 thoughts on “CHET O’KEEFE – GAME BIRD”

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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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