North Jersey Notes

From “The Aquarian,” Tim Louie, February 10, 2020

Sometimes it’s good to hear something you don’t hear every day. When I was sent a link to check out Steve Keene’s new EP, It Is What It Is, it was definitely not something I would listen to on a daily basis, but I’m always willing to give something a shot. After listening to songs like “Can’t See It When You’re In It,” “Don’t Blame It On The Alcohol,” “By Your Side,” “Far Better Friend Than Lover,” and the title track, the similarities to the great Bob Dylan are pretty interesting.

Brooklyn-born, Steven Keene began his career by playing folk clubs and cafes in Greenwich Village in the early nineties. He crisscrossed the streets of McDougal and Bleecker playing open mics and small clubs. In 1990, Steven released his first album, Keene On Dylan with Bob Dylan band members, Howie Wyeth and Rob Stoner, on an eclectic mix of originals, covers, and traditional songs. Well, that makes sense. In 1995, Steven released his second album, No Alternative, by way of Moo Records, featuring more of Bob Dylan’s band members Tony Garnier, John Jackson, and Bucky Baxter. He also played a tune on this album called “Only Homeless” with legendary musician from the sixties Village scene, Danny Kalb…