John Paul Keith 

9 p.m. Friday, August 17. Duck Room at Blueberry Hill, 6504 Delmar Boulevard, University City.

John Paul Keith's new record was produced by Bruce Watson at Fat Possum.

John Paul Keith's new record was produced by Bruce Watson at Fat Possum.

p>John Paul Keith is that rare singer, songwriter and guitarist who, by virtue of deep-in-the-genes musicality, manages to wear all three roles lightly, persuasively and more than a little wildly. A founding member of the long-gone alt-country heroes the Viceroys, Keith now fronts the One Four Fives, a band that ignites his passion for bedrock rock & roll — from the Everlys to Buddy Holly to Chuck Berry — and his killing wit. "I've never been lucky, and I've never been hip," he sings on 2009's Spills & Thrills. "Got a whole lotta headaches when I opened my lip." Keith knows you can't play rock & roll without taking a few hard shots, but he always comes back swinging.

RIYL: The Blasters, JD McPherson and dancing like you mean it.

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