Keith Carrington serves up ‘true Americana’ in ‘Unconditionally’
Growing up between Nashville, Memphis and Jackson, Tennessee, Keith was raised on the soulful sounds of Buck Owens, Elvis Presley,and Johnny Cash. As he grew older, rock and roll kicked in from influences like Pink Floyd, Neil Young, Boston, Foreigner, and Aerosmith. And today it’s Tim McGraw, Chris Stapleton, Ed Sheeran to Gustavo Dudamel and the LA Philharmonic… Oh and don’t worry, he loves the lady artists also like Dolly Pardon, Nora Jones, and who could’t love some ALISON KRAUSS. “There are so many beautiful talented artists. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could hear them all?!”
It was a small town life. Friday nights meant high school football games. Saturday evenings meant gospel singing at church. Sunday’s meant church, tag football with childhood friends, and most generally a family dinner at Grandma Carrington’s.
“I grew up between blues, rockabilly and country,” Keith says. “My music can’t help but reflect all of that.”
Early dreams of a musical career were put on hold amidst family turmoil. Keith turned to the guitar for solace later in life, teaching himself to play, handpick and sing while going through a divorce.
“It just kept bubbling out. It was very therapeutic,” Keith explains. “Many nights I just fall asleep with the guitar in my arms.”
Several years ago, Keith moved to California to follow a new path in life, including singing and performing his music in front of live audiences. Landing in the seaside community of Pacific Palisades, which he calls his “new hometown,” he traded beer for wine and absorbed new cultural influences.
Positive feedback and encouragement made him realize that his personal passion for music could be “so much more,” and he eventually headed to the recording studio to fulfill a long-forgotten dream.
Decades in the making, Keith’s debut album “Unconditionally” - A heartfelt meditation on the ups, downs and arounds of relationships. Listen.