Fits & Starts

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  1. You Caught Me Off Guard
  2. Fading Fast
  3. When the Balance is Off
  4. Glassy Eyed
  5. Fits & Starts
  6. Coming Soon
  7. Count on Me
  8. Cross Paths
  9. Used To
  10. Night Sounds
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Brian Keenan is a singer/songwriter from Brooklyn, NY.

His most recent release was 2015's "Fits & Starts". The record captures the many moods and influences of the artist – from Wilburys-esque road songs to Scott Walker ballads, Replacements burners & syrupy sweet Donovan folk numbers. In total, there are 10 tracks of vivid imagination and storytelling that add color & definition to the artist's catalog.

He is joined by a cast of veteran players including James Preston (Zachary Cale, Heaven's Jail), Rob Heath (Justin Townes Earle, Allison Moorer), and Kirk Schoenherr (Chet Faker). Also featuring Jen Keenan in her debut on keyboards and vocals. Recorded at Russell Street Recording (Brooklyn, NY) by engineer Alex Lipsen (Nada Surf, Okkervil River, Phosphorescent) over the course of a 3-day January blizzard. The record was produced, mixed and mastered by the husband/wife team of Brian & Jen Keenan.

In 2013, Keenan and longtime friend/collaborator Ben Yonda released "Broken Brothers", a 6-song split EP. It features 3 tracks apiece, each representing some lost tracks from the artist’s catalogs.

For his debut solo record "Today This Year", Keenan sought the help of Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson) to track at legendary Avatar Studios in New York City.

From 2004 to 2010 he was the lead singer/songwriter for Proud Simon, an Americana/folk outfit originally from Rochester, NY. Under Proud Simon he released 3 full length albums and 3 EPs.

Fits & Starts

Released November 6, 2015

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Credits

  • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitars
  • Jen Keenan: Vocals, Keyboards
  • James Preston: Bass
  • Kirk Schoenherr: Guitar
  • Rob Heath: Drums, Percussion
  • Steve Schiltz: Guitar

Production

  • Recorded at Russell Street Recording
  • Engineered by Alex Lipsen
  • Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Brian & Jen Keenan

Description

“Fits & Starts” is Brian Keenan’s second full length album.

The record captures the many moods and influences of the artist – from Wilburys-esque road songs to Scott Walker ballads, Replacements burners & syrupy sweet Donovan folk numbers. In total, there are 10 tracks of vivid imagination and storytelling that add color & definition to the artist's catalog.

He is joined by a cast of veteran players including James Preston (Zachary Cale, Heaven's Jail), Rob Heath (Justin Townes Earle, Allison Moorer), and Kirk Schoenherr (Chet Faker). Also featuring Jen Keenan in her debut on keyboards and vocals.

Recorded at Russell Street Recording (Brooklyn, NY) by engineer Alex Lipsen (Nada Surf, Okkervil River, Phosphorescent) over the course of a 3-day January blizzard. The record was produced, mixed and mastered by the husband/wife team of Brian & Jen Keenan.

Broken Brothers

Released July 18, 2013

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Credits

  • Brian Keenan: Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Drums, Keyboards
  • Jen Keenan: Vocals, Keyboards

Production

  • Produced, Mixed & Mastered by Brian Keenan at Java Street

Description

In 2013, Keenan and longtime friend/collaborator Ben Yonda released ‘Broken Brothers’, a 6-song split EP. It features 3 tracks apiece, each representing some lost tracks from the artist’s catalogs. ‘Take Me With You’ details what it is like to be left behind, and longing to venture where you know you don’t belong. ‘I Watched You Disappear’ is a long goodbye, where a friendship slowly turns into “steam pouring from the grate”.

Today This Year

Released August 1, 2011

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Credits

  • Brian Keenan - Vocals, Guitar
  • Adrian Morgan - Bass, Vocals
  • Lauren Daisley - Vocals
  • Dave Tedeschi - Drums
  • Gordon Hartin - Pedal Steel
  • Julian Shore - Piano
  • Simon Fletcher - Guitar
  • Hiromasa Suzuki - Guitar
  • Jeff Berner - Guitar
  • Patrick Hay - Guitar
  • Jamie Candiloro - Hammond Organ

Production

  • Recorded at Avatar Studios
  • Produced and Mixed by Jamie Candiloro
  • Engineered by John Gilbertson & Fernando Lodeiro
  • Mastered by Adrian Morgan at Timeless Mastering

Description

For his debut record “Today This Year”, Keenan sought the help of Grammy-nominated producer Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, R.E.M., Willie Nelson) to track at legendary Avatar Studios in New York City. The album was recorded live by a 9-piece band in Studio B, where Candiloro focused Keenan's sprawling arrangements into a warm, bubbling mixture. Harnessing Keenan's vocal acrobatics the record is bursting at the seams with layers of sound. There is a tinge of an electronic pulse, as many of the arrangements began as synthesized loops. The words are personal accounts balanced between the mournful and triumphant, simple in delivery but rife with elaborate depiction of the songwriter's "fascinating abstractions".