TCB Band : Shane Keister : (Bass Guitar)

TCB Logo - Elvis PresleyBorn in Huntington WV, Shane Keister figured out how to play 'Mary Had a Little Lamb' at age three.

Too tiny to actually reach the piano keys, he picked out the notes by reaching up and feeling for them with his fingertips. Thus began his lifetime of music.

He's created music hand in hand with legends of the recording industry, ranging from Elvis Presley and Paul McCartney to Arif Mardin and Ahmet Ertegun. His diversity as a player, arranger, producer and composer is amazing: pop to classical, jazz to R & B, country to alternative, appearing in one form or another on many thousands of recordings.

In 1971, Chips Moman asked Shane to join the American Studios Rhythm Section as a staff pianist, where he worked with music icons such as Arif Mardin and many others.

In 1972, Shane was in such demand as a pianist/session keyboardist from his work in Dallas and Memphis that he moved to Nashville. In 1974, he was contacted by Paul McCartney and performed on the 'Junior's Farm/Sally G' sessions. Subsequently, Shane was called to play on several tracks on Elvis Presley's 'Promised Land' album.

Elvis was so impressed with Shane's keyboard work that he personally requested Shane accompany him as pianist on the forthcoming 1976 tour replacing Glen D Hardin, who had left to play for Emmylou Harris.

He stayed only for the first small tour of 1976 before leaving.

Shane is a successful sessions player, engineer, producer, composer, arranger, and conductor. He is an extremely versatile studio musician and has produced and played on countless albums and worked with some of the finest performers including Elvis Presley, Roberta Flack, Diane Schuur, Paul McCartney, Dolly Parton, Kenny Rogers, Lionel Ritchie, Celine Dion, Billy Joel, Olivia Newton John, Tom Jones and many more.

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Above, click to listen to Elvis introduce Larry Londin and Shane Keister.

When in 1976 he began working for Elvis, Shane

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