It’s hard to believe, but Aaron Keylock is just 18 years old. Why is this hard to fathom? Because the slim Oxford teenager already has a mastery of the blues that you’d expect from someone twice his age – at least! But this is not the story of a precocious prodigy, because while Keylock plays guitar with all the effortless brilliance of someone born to run his fingers across the fretboard, what’s at the bottom of his style is a genuine love for this music.
Taking inspiration from Johnny Winter, the Black Crowes, Bob Dylan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Humble Pie and the Allman Brothers, he has been playing guitar since he was eight years old, encouraged by his father (himself a drummer). And when he was 12, Keylock put together his first band, and made everyone sit up and take notice with some stellar performances.
“I have always listened to music from the ’70s, that’s my thing. I grew up alongside it and was taught how to play that stuff. But I am also lucky enough to have played alongside people who I have been listening to since I was five.”
Keylock has already played with the likes of the Quireboys, Dogs D’Amour and Nine Below Zero. And he’s also got the chance to support Joanne Shaw Taylor. At Ramblin’ Man, this amazing young talent – together with bassist Jordan Maycock and drummer Sonny Greaves – will again be opening for her on the Blues Stage. Here, he’ll be showcasing songs from well received debut album ‘Cut Against The Grain’.
“I guess what I’ve always loved about rock ’n’ roll is that you’re free to express yourself in many ways and to use many guitar techniques to convey different emotions.”
‘Against The Grain’, ‘All The Right Moves’, ‘Medicine Man’
Their Finest Hour
‘Cut Against The Grain’ 2017
Keylock shows his acoustic talents on a Bob Dylan cover earlier this year.