John was born in Peachtree City, Georgia and started life as a southern gentleman; soaking up the quiet early years in the red clay, tall pines and shaded creeks south of Atlanta. His family relocated to the Midwest during his parents divorce to be closer to his mother's family, and he spent his formative years fishing and daydreaming on his grandparents farm just outside of St. Joseph, MO.
His music is a reflection of the places and people he’s met along his path in life. Their stories are told as a way of personal reflection on the experience, in a search for understanding. Always based on some version of the truth, occasionally romanticized to protect the guilty.
"People who haven't heard me play frequently ask me what kind of music I write. I want to answer them, and not be rude, but it's difficult to give a 30 second elevator pitch on something you plan to work on your whole life... I don't set out to do 'one thing'. It's easy to say, I sound like... or my influences are... But it doesn't give you everything I'll always be. So I've started saying 'I write songs for people who love Van Gogh's paintings'. I realize that's not a straight answer, but I want to have a conversation about what I've written. Even if it means we only get to have it with our eyes when I perform. I want to provoke thought and connect with people. I would also love to see if I can get you to dance, laugh and cry a little." - John L Keck
In 2018 John has released a 3 song EP called "Out in the Cold the 12th street singles" and is excited to be performing as much as possible throughout the midwest. Listen to the new tracks now on www.johnlkeck.com.
His influences like most people who call themselves singer songwriters are the legends people have come to think of in the genre: Bob Dylan, Neil Young, John Prine, Paul Simon, Townes Van Zandt, Willie Nelson, Warren Zevon, John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen and the like.