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AM's debut album Troubled Times became an instant favorite among fans and critics alike, breaking Moby's record for having every song on the album licensed to television shows and movies. iTunes names Troubled Times in their list of Best Indie Albums of the Year in 2006 and the LA Weekly described the album as ''instantly classic'' subsequently awarding AM Best Singer/Songwriter of the Year. Drawing on classic songwriting influences, Troubled Times continues to resonate with listeners; songs are instantly recognizable from placements in iCarly, The Kardashians, Dog The Bounty Hunter, Big Love, Teen Mom, and more.

About the Artist

AM's songs have been embraced by the most critical and influential ears in Los Angeles, garnering attention with his performance at the 2006 SXSW Music Festival KCRW Showcase. LA Weekly named AM 2005's "BEST SINGER/SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR", and tastemaker Nic Harcourt continuously plays AM's debut album on one of the most syndicated radio shows in the US, KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic". AM recently played live on "Morning Becomes Eclectic", which is a favorite podcast download. This summer AM released his debut album "Troubled Times" in the UK which was followed by a summer tour supporting Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) as well as performances at London's Wireless Festival, Guilfest and Latitude festival sharing bills with such bands as Depeche Mode, Snow Patrol and Jose Gonzalez. AM will be releasing "Troubled Times" in the US on October 31st, 2006.

15 song placements in film and television of AM's 10-song debut record, include "Gone Away" in Tom Hanks' HBO hit series "Big Love" (currently airing on Channel 5 in the U.K.), "Playing The Game" and "Mainstay" in ABC's "What About Brian", and three seasons of MTV's "Real World". AM's songs can also be heard in the 2006 award winning Sundance Festival film "DREAMLAND" (with Gina Gershon), the film "THE NAKED APE" which played at the 2006 Seattle Film Festival, and the upcoming cult film sequel "BUTTERFLY EFFECT II" which goes to DVD October 10th, 2006.

AM began his musical development surrounded by rock-n-roll but heavily influenced by the indigenous sounds of New Orleans which include country, bluegrass and roots music. Born in Oklahoma and raised in New Orleans, he grew up listening to Motown, Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles and started playing music in local bars at the age of 15. After graduating from Loyola University in New Orleans with a degree in Philosophy, AM moved to Los Angeles where he began playing frequently at the then newly formed Hotel Cafe. The Hotel Cafe's songwriter nights, hosted by musical artist Gary Jules (best known for his rendition of Tears for Fears' "Mad World") was the place that AM began to develop his sound.

Approached by producer Jamie Myerson (Duncan Sheik, David Poe, Paul Oakenfold, Sneaker Pimps and former Ovum recording artist) to record an album, the duo collaborated on AM's debut album producing a classic, yet current amalgam of music. AM brings a new twist to pop music following in the footsteps of less obvious pop icons such as Beck, Wilco and The Flaming Lips. Above all it's AM's uncanny ability for writing perfect acoustic-pop hooks and his soothing voice that really sell this wonderful debut record. From Americana to folk-rock, AM's songs weave multiple variations of the pop medium with the richness of southern sounds.

AM has shared the stage with such notable acts as Gary Jules, Rhett Miller (The Believer/Verve), Amy Correia (Lakeville/Nettwerk), Bob Mould (Husker Du/Sugar), and Glen Tilbrook (former Squeeze songsmith) and is getting ready to hit the road both in the US and UK this fall in support of his debut album "Troubled Times".

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (April 16, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Defend Music Inc.
  • Run Time: 37 minutes
  • ASIN: B000I0QKXS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #514,330 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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AM's songs are always very well crafted with musicality and simplicity. Sometimes I feel like this album functions as a soundtrack to my life; songs like "Troubled Times" wake me up in the morning while melancholy pieces like "Losing You" are perfect for the evening. Regardless of how good each song is, I recommend listening all the way through to really get the mood. If you are at all intrigued, definitely check it out.
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My son, Brian Keats, played drums on this CD with AM. Last one he recorded before his death on January 12, 2010 from colon cancer. So proud. Great job Bri!!!!!!!
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