Keaton Simons To Join REO Speedwagon & Pat Benatar On Summer Tour

Keaton Simons (CBS Records) will join legendary rock artists REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar on their “Love On The Run” co-headlining cross-country summer tour, kicking off June 24 at Mohegan Sun Casino in Uncasville, CT. With a depth and richness similar to some of the best singer/songwriters like John Lennon and Bob Dylan, masterful, fluid and bluesy guitar playing comparable to Jimi Hendrix and early Eric Clapton, and a voice as authentic and soul-bearing in the vein of Ray Charles, Keaton Simons stands as a dynamic musician with a sound all his own.

“LOVE ON THE RUN” TOUR DATES WITH KEATON SIMONS //

June 24 | Mohegan Sun Casino | Uncasville, CT
June 25 | Vermont State Fairgrounds | Rutland, VT
June 26 | Caesars Atlantic City | Atlantic City, NJ
June 29 | The Filene Center | Vienna, VA
July 1 | Chastain Park Amphitheater | Atlanta, GA
July 2 | St. Augustine Amphitheater | St. Augustine, FL
July 8 | Black Oak Mountain Amphitheater | Lampe, MO
July 9 | Memphis Botanic Gardens | Memphis, TN
July 10 | Verizon Wireless Amphitheater | Maryland Heights, MO
July 11 | Straight Theatre | Kansas City, MO
July 13 | Intrust Bank Arena | Wichita, KS
July 15 | Harrah’s Casino and Hotel | Council Bluffs, IA
July 17 | Treasure Island Resort and Casino | Red Wing, MN
July 18 | Charter One Pavilion | Chicago, IL

For more information on the “Love On The Run” tour please visit: http://www.speedwagon.com

While the honest beauty and sensuality of his voice is enough to hypnotize an audience, it’s his guitar playing that completes the true voice of Keaton Simons. Easily identified on its own, Keaton’s guitar work showcases a man whose musical vocabulary is extensive. From studying world music at The Evergreen State College, to working with notable hip-hop acts like Black Eyed Peas, Medusa, Snoop Dogg and Tre “Slimkid” Hardson’s The Pharcyde, and sharing the stage with artists like Coldplay, Chris Isaak, Gnarls Barkley, Mike Doughty, Josh Rouse, Guster, Five For Fighting and Josh Kelley, there’s no question that Keaton’s ear, and ultimately his fretwork, are experienced. He is able to adapt to any genre, style or circumstance and improvise in such a way that makes his audience believe every note, riff and solo he plays has been engraved in him since he picked up the guitar at age 12.

In 2004 after signing a deal with Maverick Records, Keaton released his debut EP, Currently. Unfortunately, Maverick’s fortunes began to falter, and when the label was absorbed by Warner Bros., Keaton became a free agent. He remained undeterred though, touring the country, sustaining his airplay, and garnering exposure in other media as well. His songs were tapped for several movie soundtracks while Keaton himself appeared in feature films like Hollywood Dreams, and was recruited for guest appearances on such popular network shows as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Malcolm in the Middle and American Dreams.

CBS Records later welcomed Keaton to their family, and in June of 2008 he released his debut full-length, Can You Hear Me. Produced by Dave Bianco and Keaton Simons, Can You Hear Me gives listeners a sampling of what Keaton is capable of. After the “Love On The Run” tour with REO Speedwagon and Pat Benatar, Keaton will return to the studio to finish his sophomore album, due out on CBS Records later this year.

For more information on Keaton Simons please visit: http://www.keatonsimons.com

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