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6 Degrees Entertainment

Title - 'Because Of You'
Artist - Chet O'Keefe'

For those not completely in the know, Chet O'Keefe is an American singer/songwriter who has forged new frontiers in the realm of Americana music, creating an electrifying amalgam of insightful lyrics, profound storytelling, sultry, smoky vocals and razor-sharp guitar playing that brings his songs to life with nostalgic effervescence.

A well-traveled recording artist, O'Keefe has previously produced two albums: Four Wheel Low (1998) and Game Bird (2010) and so his long-awaited new CD, Because Of You is now out on Scarlet Records. A wonderful collection of songs that will get you thinking, singing and swaying, Because Of You is an album that, once played, will never lyrically leave you; of that, have no doubt.

1. 'Not Drunk Yet'
2. 'True Love'
3. 'Because Of You'
4. 'Hick Technology'
5. 'Goin' Downtown'
6. 'Oh Angel'
7. 'Star Cafe'
8. 'Drinkin' Day'
9. 'Blue Martin'
10. 'Talking Kerrville Blues'

The gentle guitar sway of the opening track, 'Not Drunk Yet' is a delightful introduction to not only this wonderful album, but O'Keefe himself. A tale of domestic abuse coupled with the storytelling angle of sarcasm, it is backed by the magnificent trio of 'True Love' ("She was a big girl with 3 kids who put an add on Craigslist in hopes of finding true love"), the soft drum backbone of the stoic title track, 'Because Of You,' and then the first real upbeat track, the fun 'Hick Technology.'

The grainy tale of 'Goin' Downtown' is yet another heartfelt musical moment of greatness of this album, and that's backed by both 'Oh Angel' ("I know I'm blind half the time, but you still see me") and a cut that tells the probable story of O'Keefe's very own initial journey into Nashville, 'Star Cafe.' Well, save for the name dropping, such as Garth Brooks being on the griddle, Gretchen Wilson working the door, and Big & Rich frying up chicken, of course! Next up is the mid-tempo 'Drinkin' Day,' which is followed by the lite bounce fare of 'Blue Martin,' with the album coming to a close with the jam, 'Talking Kerrville Blues.'