Keaton Simons - Beautiful Pain

L.A. troubadour and Hotel Cafe mainstay Keaton Simons has teamed with producer Mikal Blue (Colbie Caillat, Toad the Wet Sprocket) for Beautiful Pain (April 30), an album of buoyant and melodic songs drawing on classic folk/rock and contemporary pop smarts. “After bouncing between major label contracts and promises of new deals," says Keaton, "I’m following my instincts, assembling my dream team, and hitting the launch button on the type of album I’ve been wanting to put out for years.” The result is the Los Angeles native's sharpest collection of songs yet, tracks (some co-written with Jason Mraz, Glen Philips and Jason Reeves) that feel equally at ease on the stage of a songwriters club, accompanied by just a guitar, or rumbling the woofers with the windows down on a highway drive. Part of the appeal is Simons' rough-hewn voice with its been-around-the-block rasp, lending a gritty edge to the upbeat sing-along choruses. Stream "Black and White" and watch the video for "Beautiful Pain" after the jump...

Keaton Simons - 'Beautiful Pain' (from Beautiful Pain)

Keaton Simons - 'Black and White' (from Beautiful Pain)

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