Bobby McKeown, originally from Philadelphia, joined the Nashville music scene in 2001. A versatile drummer he has performed and recorded in most genres of music from Rock, Alternative, Blues, Jazz, R & B, Metal, World, Pop, Alternative Country, and Swing/Big Band.
Bobby started playing professionally in the Philadelphia area at the age of seventeen, and was an often seen drummer in the Philadelphia area music scene throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, where he was also involved in songwriting and arrangement. In addtion to studying music for a time in college, he has also studied under Bernard Purdie (James Brown / Aretha Franklin / Miles Davis/ BB King / Steeley Dan), Tony DeNicola (Harry James), and Joe Cusatis (Peter Nero). An early band he played with was Youth Camp (1983-1985) with Joey Wilson (Modern Records), John Kuzma (The Hooters), and Rob Miller (Robert Hazard). He later played with Dr. Bombay (1986-1991), an alternative rock band. Dr. Bombay received much acclaim in the Philadelphia area, being reviewed in Spin Magazine there first year as a band. The band landed a deal with Apex/Skyland, and their first album, Car Crash Rage, recorded at the well known Sigma Sound Studios, received international distribution and airplay. The band also produced some early music videos (Life in a Cage & The Light). Bobby continued to play with various members of Dr. Bombay in different bands, including Live Not On Evil, where he opened with for Cheap Trick, Lynyrd Skynrd, and others.
Bobby has also played live with Classics IV, Danny DeGennaro (Kingfish), Dave Gardner (Sister Sledge / Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes), Norman Smith (Teddy Pendergrass), T.J. Tindall (O’Jays) and Aashid “Little Archie” Himons. He has played in many well known venues and performance centers, including the 9:30 Club (Washington DC), The Bitter End (NY), CBGB’s (NY), Keswick Theater (Philadelphia), and the Wachovia/Wells Fargo Center (Philadelphia).
In addition to his own recordings, Bobby has recorded with Felix Cavaliere (The Rascals / Ringo Starr), Danny DeGennaro (Kingfish), and also done recording and session work for Grammy® Award winner Pat Robinson. He has recorded at Creative Caffeine (Nashville), Plan B Studio (Philadelphia), Sigma Sound (Philadelphia), Sound Kitchen Studios (Nashville), Studio 4 (Philadelphia), Columbia Studio A (Nashville) and many others.
After relocating to Nashville, Bobby has mainly focused on session work, but was involved with several live projects such as the Dodson Townes Band (blues) with Mario Torrico, and Barney Evers, as well as The Cane Toads (rock) with Mario Torrico and Gary Link (Steppenwolf). In 2014 he started a new musical project: Area-Twentyfive.
Bobby is available for both live performance and session work.