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

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.

He also played drumset in various gigging groups throughout the Northwest Tennessee Area including Cobra Cats, Daniel Musgrave, and Low Electric Revival, whose recordings can still be found on most streaming platforms.

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 currently teaching elementary school music in inner city Memphis. He has worked with/consulted with many marching percussion sections in the state of Tennessee including the award winning Munford High School band of which he is an alumnus.

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. Keegan is also currently the band leader and songwriter for John Keegan and the Cut Ties.

Keegan is also currently the band leader and co-writer of The Wolf River Gospel, a joint collaboration between him and his brother Keith Paluso, who was a Top 24 Finalist on Season 15 of The Voice and is also the current lead singer for the band Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

As a producer Keegan has worked with artists such as Blvck Hippie, Bigger Fish, Ally and the Walrus, Sleeping Seasons, the Bears of Bad News, Gritsmitten, as well as his own projects: John Keegan and the Cut Ties and The Wolf River Gospel

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 close to 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.

Keegan also has a running 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. 

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

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