Over the past year or so, local roots-rockers John Paul Keith & the One Four Fives seemingly have spent more time on the Hi-Tone Café stage than anyone. But when Keith and his ace band plug in at the Midtown club for a Fourth of July show, it won't be just another night.
The show will be recorded for a possible live album, Keith says, at the behest of the band's label, the Mississippi-based Big Legal Mess, which gave the One Four Fives' debut album Spills & Thrills a national release earlier this year.
Keith says the idea for the concert record is to have a document of the band's live sound to send to club bookers and media people when the band tours this fall.
"The label's feeling is that we're a live band, first and foremost," Keith says. "It might be just a promo album. I'm hoping [the recording] will come out good enough to release it."
The band, which also features Kevin Cubbins on guitar, Jon Argroves on drums, Mark Stuart on bass, and Al Gamble on keyboards, has gone out on mostly regional weekend trips but hasn't toured widely yet. Now, with a booking agent in place, Keith says the band hopes to change that.
"I don't think we're ever going to be like Jay Reatard and live on the road," Keith says. "But we want to get out there."
Opening the Fourth of July show will be Gamble's jazz/soul instrumental band The City Champs. Doors open at 9 p.m. Admission is $5.
For a little taste of Keith & the One Four Fives live, check out this clip from the band's Ardent Sessions performance last year: