The debut release for the second-generation bayou blues guitarist/harpist, whose gruff-before-their-time vocals retain their swamp sensibility while assuming a bright contemporary feel that tabs him as a leading contender for future blues stardom.
Baton Rouge's third album re-unites legendary producer/songwriter and guitarist Jack Ponti with the hard rock vocalist of the moment, in Kelly Keeling. The vocals are strong and consistent, the songs are of high quality and chock full of riff's, melodies, hooks and solo's.
Released in 1991, Baton Rouge's second album Lights Out on the Playground is another in a long list of albums that deserved far more attention that it received at the time. Once again Kelly Keeling's soulful vocals are the main attraction, with Jack Ponti contributing his song writing talent. The recording includes a cover of Babylon A.D.'s emotional ballad "Desperate".
“Shake Your Soul” is an outstanding effort by a band that should have been at the top of its class. The band originally formed in Louisiana as Voices in 1986 and consisted of Kelly Keeling (guitar and keyboard), Lance Bulen (vocals), Keith Harrison (bass) and Harold Knappenburger (drums). They changed their name to Cheetah, later to Meridian and finally Baton Rouge, the group relocated to Los Angeles in 1987 and revamped their line up. Their debut album, “Shake Your Soul” debuted in 1990, reaching only the 160th place on the Billboard charts at a time when media attention to the style had already begun to decline dramatically.