Tommy Keene: In-store with TVD at DC’s Som Records

The passing of Tommy Keene over the Thanksgiving break still has us stunned and saddened. In addition to his abundant talent, Tommy was a sweet soul—warm, funny, humble, and all in evidence during our trip to Som Records in Washington, DC for our “In-store with TVD” series. We fondly remember Tommy Keene today with this episode from October 2015. —Ed.

PHOTOS: RICHIE DOWNS | As we noted earlier this month with our review of his latest release, “In guitar pop circles Tommy Keene is an utter fount of reliability. On the radar since the late ‘70s, he grew from underground beginnings and briefly landed on a major before transitioning into an unimpeachable elder of melodic rock, and one still active over three decades hence.

Make that active and undiminished, for Laugh in the Dark finds Keene in excellent form. Featuring typically sturdy songwriting and the bold production values associated with musicians who came of age when rock radio truly mattered, and it’s out now on LP/CD/digital via Second Motion Records.

Choosing Keene’s strongest record is no easy task…but Laugh in the Dark is a major development in a career of rare longevity and worth; if it’s not Tommy Keene’s best, it doesn’t miss the mark by much.”

In person, Tommy is warm, candid, funny, and seemingly has been and played just about everywhere—making an afternoon perusing the record bins an absolute delight. So, c’mon—we’re record shopping with Tommy Keene at Washington, DC’s Som Records.

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