From Now I’ve Heard Everything:
After being away from writing and performing music for a number of years (he was in Tommy Tutone and co-wrote “867-5309/Jenny”), Jim Keller has collected a band full of top notch musicians and been performing in small local venues and recording. Soul Candy is Jim’s second album in as many years. You’ll find 10 soul tinged songs on the record ranging from rockers like “Meltdown” and “Giving It Up To Love” to ballads like “Julianne” and “Modern Girl”. And of course Jim makes skillful use of a horn section.
See the “Best albums of 2011” list at nowiveheardeverything.com.
Jerry Shriver of USA TODAY selects Jim’s “Julianne” for this week’s playlist: “Echoes of Southside Johnny waft from this rich and sweet original track from the new Soul Candy.”
“He got it! Jim Keller, co-writer of the 80s’ Tommy Tutone smash, now calls Phillip Glass ‘The Boss.'”
Read the article at The Modern
Tommy Tutone alumnus serves up ready-made meat-and-taters rock.
“A stylistic chameleon working within clearly defined parameters, the veteran Jim Keller is equally at home with every iteration of mid- to late-’70s guitar rock. On his second solo album in as many years, Keller hews close to his origins as the guitarist in the Springsteen-influenced Tommy Tutone and co-writer of the iconic 1082 hit “867-5309/Jenny”. Working primarily with ready-made elements, the veteran applies his rugged, lived-in baritone to material that vividly evokes Graham Parker & The Rumour (whose drummer, Steve Goulding, is on the record) on “White Gloves And Pearls”, Mink DeVille on “Julianne” and Moon Martin on the title track.” – Bud Scoppa