Born and raised in Cornwall, Ontario, Keegan Larose began playing guitar and writing songs in his early teenage years. He quickly took to the stage soon after, becoming a regular at open mic and jam nights throughout Cornwall. Before graduating secondary school, Keegan could be seen at cafes, pubs and concert venues performing with a variety of music groups as well as a solo artist. After school, he honed his music skills in guitar and all aspects of music. Now based in the city of Hamilton, Keegan continues to perform regularly in the Golden Horseshoe and Seaway Valley regions of Ontario. His self-titled release Keegan Larose blends the storytelling styles of folk music with adult alternative, pop and rock, delivering a dynamic performance that engages his audience, leaving them with “musical earworms that linger.” The EP covers themes of loss, finding purpose and learning to enjoy the little things in life every day.
The opener “Forks” starts things off with a happy and soulful sound. Larose’s style is contemporary, with echoes of pop, soul, folk and light rock. The production is clean, crisp and well balanced. “Stick It Out for a While” has a positive message about waiting things out until things in life turn around for the better. This one has a steady rhythm, and the piano takes a center stage position, in this light and pop-ish sounding tune. “Man I Never Knew” suggests a story about “the stories of a man I never knew” and “here’s to you” – perhaps a very important man in Larose’s life that died too soon. It’s reflective, bluesy and soulful, and the guitar solo was fantastic, too – good choice for this type of emotional song.
Next up is “Quest for Life” – an even more reflective song, that finds Larose taking stock of his life and where it’s at now – “there’s gotta be something else out there” – “there’s so much to see and so much to learn.” The words are universal, and the song’s melody is sweet and tender. Overall, a likable song that I can see belonging on a soundtrack of some kind. The last tune on this short EP is “Enjoy Yourself” – another song with a positive approach, both with its lyrics – “put on a smile and stay a while, feel that relief” and “so, go on, enjoy yourself today” and chosen melodies and chords. It features some great sounding keys and guitar solos that gives the listener feel good vibes for the day, for the weekend, for the year!
It’s hard to be grumpy about this kind of music, a good choice to get you out of the blues and into the light.
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