Over his 40 years in the trenches as a songwriter, player, and producer, Keith Gattis became a superstar in country music, if not to fans at large, then to his fellow performers, singers, songwriters, and musicians. Eventually, the music Keith Gattis made went on to be heard by millions. From Texas, to Nashville, to Los Angeles, and parts in between, many in the music business had great respect for Keith Gattis. Now many of them are coming together to pay tribute to him.
Keith Gattis passed away on April 23rd, 2023 at the age of 52 in a tragic tractor accident on his property. Big names from across the country music spectrum are coming together to pay tribute to him at an event to be held at the Brooklyn Bowl in Nashville on November 28th.
How big are the names? Try “King” George Strait for one, mainstream traditional country superstar Jon Pardi for another, along with folks from the Texas scene like Wade Bowen and Jack Ingram, fellow top flight songwriters such as Country Music Hall of Famer Dean Dillon along with Kendell Marvel, and Waylon Payne, The Braun Brothers, and of course Sheryl Crow, since Sheryl Crow is required to participate in everything.
Other scheduled performers include Big Hat, Austin Hanks, Jamie Rubin, Clint Daniels, Andy Tubman, Travis Howard and Jabe Beyer. All artist will be performing in front of an all-star band led by songwriter and lead guitarist Audley Freed, with all proceeds to benefit the Keith Gattis family. Tickets will be available at brooklynbowl.com/nashville staring Thursday, October 19th.
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Keith Gattis signed as a major label artist to RCA Nashville in 1996 and released a debut self-titled album. Despite earning critical acclaim and praise by country traditionalists, it was too critically acclaimed and traditional for its time, with none of the singles cracking the Top 40, and failing to gain traction. He released another solo album in 2005 called Big City Blues.
As a songwriter, Keith Gattis wrote and co-wrote tracks for the likes of George Strait, Randy Travis, Kenny Chesney, Gary Allan, Randy Houser, Charlie Robison, Randy Rogers Band, Jack Ingram, Wade Bowen, Cory Morrow, and Sara Evans just to name a few. As a studio player, he worked with George Jones, Jon Pardi, Brandy Clark, Bruce Robison, and Sunny Sweeney among others.
In 2002, Gattis joined Dwight Yoakam’s band as the band leader, and played guitar and bass on the album Blame The Vain. As a producer, he worked with Wade Bowen, Randy Houser, Waylon Payne, Cory Morrow, Jason James, Micky and the Motorcars, and more. Keith Gattis wrote “El Cerrito Place,” which after becoming a signature song for Charlie Robison, was released by Kenny Chesney as a successful radio single. Gattis was considered one of the most prolific multi-disciplinary contributors to country music in the last 25 years.