Keegan Paluso is a musician, producer, songwriter, and educator from the Memphis, TN area.

He is the Media Director as well as an instructor for Rhythm & Grooves Music Academy in Bartlett, TN.

Keegan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education with a Percussion Emphasis from the University of Tennessee Martin where he studied with Dr.Julie Hill. In his time at UT Martin he was a member of the percussion ensemble, marching band, steel drum band, and jazz band where he played various percussion instruments as well as bass guitar. He was the recipient of the Jeremy DeVault Memorial Scholarship for Percussion Service.

As a music educator, Keegan has taught every social demographic, music subject, and age group from rural high school marching band and middle school choir, to elementary school music in inner city Memphis. 

As a performer, Keegan has worked with various groups on various instruments in the Memphis area including Grape., Blvck Hippie (formerly St.John), Gritsmitten, Keith Paluso, Risky Whispers, Sleeping Seasons, and many others. He is the band leader and songwriter for his own project, John Keegan and the Cut Ties, as well as the band leader and co-writer of The Wolf River Gospel, a joint collaboration between him and his brother Keith Paluso,  a Top 24 Finalist on Season 15 of The Voice and current lead singer of the band Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

As a producer and session musician Keegan has worked with artists such as Victoria Dowdy, Astral Realm, Blvck Hippie, Bigger Fish, Ally and the Walrus, Sleeping Seasons, Gritsmitten, Daniel Musgrave, Cobra Cats, as well as his own projects.

From 2013-2015 Keegan headed a songwriting project in Northwest TN, known as “Small Town Big Sound: The Music of Northwest Tennessee”. This project saw the release of three albums, close to fifty songs, with nearly one hundred different performers. Each album was written and recorded in five days at Bronze Studio in Union City TN with the help of engineer Micah Barnes.

He has a podcast known as “The Modern Working Musician” in which he interviews various musicians who find creative ways to progress their career.

Keegan is currently booking for session work or performing on guitar, bass, or drums. He is also booking production work for small groups or solo artists. For all booking inquiries please contact at

Keegan is also an avid runner who spends what little free time he has suffering on the roads of suburban Tipton County.