Singer/Songwriter Keith Sykes to Perform at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 10, 2004 – Keith Sykes, one of the most respected and influential figures on the Memphis music scene, will perform Sept. 24 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The free concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Sykes has 12 critically acclaimed solo albums to his credit, and his songs have been covered by such luminaries as Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Rosanna Cash, The Judds, Guy Clark, Patti Loveless, Rodney Crowell and George Thoroughgood, among others.

The performance is a Regional Heritage Series event and is open to the public.  The Regional Heritage Series, sponsored by the Department of Communication, regularly brings popular performers and speakers to Cape Girardeau. According to event organizer, Dr. Larry Underberg, “we work to book gifted people who have something significant to say. The series is both entertaining and educational.” 

Underberg is especially enthusiastic about the Sykes appearance, noting “this guy has been at the top of the heap for a long time, and seeing him is a rare opportunity.

For nearly 30 years, Sykes has been a defining force in the music business as a singer, songwriter and producer.  His appearance in Cape Girardeau promises to be one of the highlights of the season. 

Over the years, Sykes has produced enough material to fill two rather lengthy retrospective CD’s.  His most recent release, “Don’t Count Us Out,” features guest appearances by John Prine, Iris DeMent and Rodney Crowell.

Sykes is best known for his prolific songwriting career, and one would be hard pressed to find a time since 1978 that one or more of his songs has not been on Billboard’s music and movie charts. Sykes seems comfortable in a variety of genres including blues, folk, classic rock and country.  His breadth as a songwriter is best demonstrated by the varied list of artists who have covered his songs.

For more information, call (573) 651-2514.