KEITH & TEX
Born in the Rocksteady era, Keith Rowe and Texas Dixon made their mark with a slew of hits and classics that have lasted over 50 years. From their haunting rendition of “Hypnotic Eyes” to the iconic guitar intro and solo of Lynn Taitt on “Stop that train”, you are treated to a unique style that still live on after five decades. Since 1966 many of their songs have enjoyed great success and continue to be played and sung by a new generation of Rocksteady lovers. This duo has a style that still seems surprisingly engaging and refreshingly innocent.
Performing as Keith & Tex, singing duo they hit it big in Jamaica in 1966 with their Rocksteady anthems, "Tonight" and "Stop That Train". Rocksteady, a style of Jamaican music popular for a brief window from 1966 to 1970, was the stylistic bridge between Ska and reggae, drawing heavily from American R&B and soul music.
Rowe and Dixon parted ways in 1970. Keith moved with his family to the United States and served in the army for more than 20 years, and Tex went with his family to Canada. They reconnected in 1997 to record an album called, appropriately, Back Together Again, but was only distributed in local record stores. Since 2013, they have been discovering new, young audiences, in the United States and around the world who are reverent of early Jamaican music.
Today, they are more appreciative of the opportunity to reconnect with a new audience and to tell their story. Their performances are punctuated with stories of what it was like back in the mid to late sixties and the wonderful time it was for Jamaican Music. They have been performing worldwide at some of the most influential music festivals from Asia to Europe, and the United States. In 2013 they released a new album "Just Passing Through" to critical acclaim and have released a new, completely "rocksteady" album in March 2017 "Same Old Story". The journey continues!