Born in Wellington, New Zealand, Keith and his family migrated to the Santa Cruz, California area when he was just a child. Very shortly thereafter, his musical aspirations would be born.
Keith and childhood friend Gabe Butterfield (son of legendary harpist Paul Butterfield), formed their first band in 1980. As his self-taught abilities began to mature, Keith would become a household name for a myriad of colleges and various events in the Santa Cruz area.
Keith lived in Nashville twice. Firstly, he played and toured the U.S. and Canada for a couple of years with Anita King (Loretta Lynn and Crystal Gayle’s cousin) in the band, “Rocky Mountain Thunder”. Then, he ended up in Nashville again, and touring the country with acclaimed Americana songwriter, David Beaudry, with whom he also did extensive recording.
In Santa Cruz, Keith continues to work steadily with a variety of hugely popular local area bands:
John Michael Band, PIPR, Bog Iron, Ribsys Nickel, Cruzmatik, Not So Young, Vito & Friends, Gary Gates Band, SCHWA, SPUN, Rory Koshlaychuk
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Also on the list of his many projects has been his band, Demigod, with his long-time friend, Bruce Shakman. Their debut CD, “Born, Play, Work, Die”, was recorded at Prairie Sun Studio with artwork by the incomparable Prairie Prince, heralded drummer (The Tubes/Todd Rundgren/Jefferson Starship/ Quicksilver Messenger Service). The May 2010 issue of High Times gave Demigod their rating of 4 pot leaves out of 5 with their review of the CD.
In 2006, Keith started playing bass and drums with Rolling Stone’s top 100 guitarists of all time, Jerry Miller from Moby Grape. It was at a show in Detroit during the 40th Anniversary of the Summer of Love Tour that Keith met the members of Quicksilver Messenger Service. Two weeks later he started touring with them and Jefferson Starship playing bass. During the tours, he ended up meeting, then playing with many of the legendary musicians from the sixties era, most notably, Jerry Miller, Peter Lewis and Bob Mosely (Moby Grape) Gary Duncan (Quicksilver), David Freiberg (Quicksilver/Jefferson Starship), Paul Kantner and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane/Starship), Prairie Prince (The Tubes/Todd Rundgren/Jefferson Starship/ Quicksilver), Donny Baldwin (Jefferson Starship/ Quicksilver/Lydia Pense/Eddie Money), David and Linda Laflamme (It’s A Beautiful Day), Tom “T.C.” Constanten (Grateful Dead), Dave Getz (Big Brother), Tiran Porter (The Doobie Brothers).
Keith also worked as a drummer with the Bay Area’s notable rocker, Kevin Cadogan, former guitarist/songwriter of Third Eye Blind, doing live shows, as well as studio recording.
Keith has played noted events of monumental significance such as the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love at Speedway Meadows in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park playing bass with Jefferson Starship. As well as the 40th Anniversary of Woodstock, again at Speedway Meadows, playing bass with Jerry Miller and drums with P.F. Sloan (“Secret Agent Man” and “Eve of Destruction”).
Other Notable Musicians that Keith
Has Played and/or Recorded With:
- Greg Camp (SMASHMOUTH)
- Jude Gold (Jefferson Starship, Kevin Cadogan, Eddie Money, Cathy Richardson and more!)
- Phil Lesh (The Grateful Dead)
- The Tubes
- Dale Ockerman (The Doobie Brothers, White Album Ensemble)
- Barry Melton (Country Joe & The Fish)
- Lester Chambers (The Chambers Brothers) with his son, Dylan Chambers
- Omar Spence (Skip Spence’s son – Moby Grape)
- Rico Reyes (Santana)
- Guitar Shorty (Texas Blues Guitarist)
- Jim Lewin (Great American Taxi)
- Jim Greiner – internationally acclaimed percussionist
- Erica Sunshine Lee - Nashville Recording Artist
- Lisa Leuschner (ForeverLand + 3rd Season Top 20 American Idol Contestant)
Keith continues to work and play with many of the notable musicians/bands mentioned. He also is accomplished in music recording through his LEROX Studio. Some notable recordings have been with: Prairie Prince, Roger Steen (The Tubes), Kevin Cadogan, Gary Duncan, Jerry Miller, Fuzzy John Oxendine (The Jerry Miller Band/Sons of Champlain), Dale Ockerman, Dylan Rosenberg (James Durbin Band/Archer), Diana Mangano (Jefferson Starship), Darby Gould (Jefferson Starship) and Jim Greiner. He has also done recordings for overseas projects via the Internet, including a recording for a band in Denmark, with Prairie Prince on drums.
Keith also played in a local Santa Cruz band, Sweet Jam, and recorded both of their cd's: “We Are One” and "Familiar Faces" at his LEROX Studio in Santa Cruz. Both cd's are on the Global Recording Artists label.
Sweet Jam is also one of the many featured artists on the Sky Saxon (from The Seeds) tribute cd, also distributed through Global Recording Artists. On this album Sweet Jam plays their rendition of "Summer of Love" - which was also recorded at LEROX Studio. As well, Keith recorded and played on another contribution to this tribute cd with Prairie Prince and Roger Steen from The Tubes.
Check out videos from most of the bands Keith has played with on his YouTube channel: