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Aaron Keylock


Since headlining London’s Charlotte Street Blues Club at the tender age of only 12, Oxford’s 16 year old Aaron Keylock is now a veteran of over 200 live shows, playing either solo or with his great young rhythm section, sharing festival stages in Spain, Holland & France with Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Blackberry Smoke. Whilst paying homage to influences such as Johnny Winter, Rory Gallagher, The Faces, Rolling Stones and Blackfoot the 16-year old guitar prodigy has written over 30 songs including the impressive “Medicine Man”.

Being the counterpart of a blues-rock Justin Bieber didn’t help at a recent gig at London’s Hoxton Underbelly:

"We sound checked and then went for pizza, when we went back security wouldn’t let us in as we were under age. We explained we were due on stage in 10 minutes and only got in when the sound engineer appeared and vouched for us”

Keylock is the real deal despite his adolescence, he is influenced by US mid western blues in a way that is both genuinely and shockingly authentic. He is an aspiring new blues talent unaffected by the mainstream media and marketing clichés. If you are looking an antidote to transient music celebrity you just found it....

Take Aaron Keylock for example, he’s 16 years old. Dressed in bell-bottomed flares these are not your average kids. What they are, however, is prodigiously talented and there is real quality here. The three are good when they go for driving, thumping rock. They are stunning when they switch to world-weariness with the slow and brooding “Just One Question.” Oh, and they aren’t half good when they boogie, as on “Give Me A Chance To Explain” either. What is absolutely beyond discussion is this: now 16 and a “veteran” of 200 shows, Keylock is so full of potential it’s frightening how good he could be” (Maximum Volume Music)

“Sauntering on stage with a swagger and cockiness, he, his drummer and his bass player launched into a half hour set that had the growing crowd more than impressed. In his purple corduroy trousers, with a body built like the gable end of a Rizla, face hidden under long hair and guitar slung low he bore more than a passing resemblance to a young Jimmy Page. And when I say young I mean YOUNG. Keylock is an incredibly talented songwriter, singer and guitarist and is doing all this at the age of sixteen. Yep, you read that right. Sixteen. The guitar solo in ‘Just One Second’ is of a standard people who’ve been playing a lot longer than he’s been living can only aspire to” (Planet Mosh Review)

““Keylock’s new single ‘Medicine Man’ is underpinned by a ridiculously confident vocal, quivering and afflicting in the grandest blues tradition, driven by a guitar solo of the kind which we just don’t hear enough of anymore. In sound, he’s as authentic as you could ever wish for; ‘Medicine Man’ would have even Keith Richards rifling back through his blues collection searching desperately for the lost fifties 45 this surely must be, such is its immediacy, such is its sense of having been around forever.” (Live4Ever)

"Sporting clothes and hair straight out of 1974, he looks like Rory Gallagher and sounds like him on the hard rocking blues of "Medicine Man", whilst slow numbers such as “One More Question” bring to mind Eric Clapton in his 1970’s prime". (Nightshift Magazine)

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