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Blue Élan ~ A Long Story Short....

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Blue Élan ~ A Long Story Short....

Blue Élan - A Long Story Short.


Driving across America would have seemed like a tall task a few years ago…. Now I just look at it like an extended drive to work.  Getting on the road is always a relief for me.  The 3 months leading to the On Mercy Street tour were not easy. The long long LOOOONG days on the computer & phone for months on end, waiting for venues to get back to you, making sure the routing is good, that the drives aren't too long, that we can make it to the next venue in time for sound check, making sure there is enough income to keep the whole thing running. It's all left behind the second I get on the stages and do a million miles on my bus.  I Start to see all the phone calls and emails morph into an actual touring show.  And all just to sing a few songs.  There is no greater feeling of accomplishment.....



When the band arrived in LA in mid OCT 2015 we done about a dozen unannounced shows around the local LA dive bar scene (sorry we never told you,) just to get myself and the band in tip top shape before we head out on the road to play for all you beautiful people.


The Very 1st official show found us playing a sold out show at the Genghis Cohen Lounge here in LA, Where I was greeted by the folk from the most awesome record company in the World Blue Élan.  They had loved everything they heard online and wanted to come see the show in the flesh.  I had met them through the Eagles songwriter Jack Tempchin who is also signed to the label. That night I was offered a new recording contract with the label,  I couldn't have been happier. Since then I have signed and we have been working very hard to have a big release on March 11th 2016 through iTunes, Barnes & Nobel and Amazon.  Its crazy how life can change that fast.  When one door closes another always opens.






Keith and Kirk Pasich owner of Blue Élan.


“SIDE STORY~ I met Jack in a thrift store in Encinitas late last summer.  He commented on my shirt and we talked for a minute and that was that.  A week later I was backstage after seeing the Zac Brown Band at Kaboo Festival in San Diego.  Who did I see but the guy from the thrift store that commented on my shirt - Jack.  Since then we have written some songs together that Jack has told me is going on his new album.  Amazing.  You may have heard one from the tour called “A Care Free Heart?”  It was jack that showed my music to Blue Élan.” Its funny, you never know who you are talking to.”



“The On Mercy Street,” tour was amazing.  You guys made every single grueling mile and joyous note worth while.  You guys, the Harkin Army are the ones that make everything it possible.  We done 58 shows in 65 days.  Trust me when I say this…. thats about as tall an order any band anywhere will do.  I also want to thank my band and crew, they made it the easiest hardest tour I’ve ever done.  I love each and every one of you mad yahoo’s.


Drums - Geoff Holdroyde

Guitar- Dave Bakey

Keys- Peter Sherridan

Bass- Vezio Bacci

Tour Manager- Gian Carlos Gadd

Merch Girl/ Shrink- Miss Kelsey Nichols.




Playing an outdoor Jam under the LA Stars.




Keith & the band on Broadway in Nashville.



I flew back to Ireland the day after the 58 show tour finished.  I got home on Christmas morning.  I was only home 2 days before i had to fly out for another show at my friend Glenn & Mindy Stearns in Jackson Hole Wyoming. It was a crazy show.  Ive never performed whilst Cirque du Soleil performers done acrobatics above me and Dick Cheney was in the crowd along with a very eclectic group of people.  My Friends Glenn & Mindy know how to party.  Thats one of the reasons why we are friends. ;)




Keith & Glenn.  New years day shenanigans


I’m now back in La on the grind.  Ducking & diving and doing what ever it takes to get “On Mercy Street” to the top.  Myself & the record company have been working on some cool gift ideas for the Harkin Army.  we were filming last week so you guys can hear all thats going on!


Well i better go and get back to it.  Tomorrow we are filming music video #3 for the new album.  So much goodness coming you way.


Thanks for the support.  You guys make it all worth while.


Love & Respect.








Final farewell on the last show.




Keith decided to do bus concerts on this tour.  Yes. Bus Concerts. did you make it to one?




Keith & Vezzio 




It may always seem planned and rehearsed, getting a set list ready moments before we go on.




The Band Modeling the Hoodies (which are now only $30 on harkinheadquarters.com)




Carlo and kelsey with the band at Niagara Falls.  We almost got the Tour bus stuck under a bridge on the way there.





There's never a dull moment.  Enrollee Philly the generator broke.  Its cool. I got this ;)








Just another TV slot.



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    Susan Hermiston Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    What a wonderful blog Keith!!! You r amazing doing all that work to get you out on the road to play for us. I certainly love to see u and hear you laughing and joking and of course singing.
    A thought....I live in B.C. Canada, now that our $ is only worth .70 cents to your dollar you could make a killing doing some gigs in Canada!!! As well we could buy your merchandise ,and avoild the exchange and shipping charges.
    Vancouver B.C. is a good stop for me!!!
    Here's hoping!!
    You Rock!!!

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    Morry Barrett Wednesday, 09 March 2016

    Hi Keith. I agree with Susan's comment above. It would be wonderful if you could perform in Brandon, Manitoba, Canada again. I first met you at The 40 in 2013, and subsequently traveled to Estevan, Saskatchewan later that year for a full CT show, and again to Winnipeg Burton Cummings Theatre in 2015. Do tour Canada again, but be sure to do a show in Brandon. Luv and hugs :)

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    Sharon Thursday, 07 April 2016

    Would be great if updated more often

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    Jennifer Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Proud to be a member of the street team supporting such a phenomenal artist!

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    Jennifer Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Proud to be a member of the street team supporting such a phenomenal artist!

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    Robin Brown Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    All the hard work you and all of your guys put into your tour showed. The show my son and I attended in Knoxville, Tennessee was GREAT. I can't wait to see you again. Keep up the good work.

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    Cindy Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Looks like a lot of work and fun ! Enjoy the good times as we never know about tomorrow!

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    Barbara A Nickel Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Thank you Keith For sharing with us your innermost thoughts ..you work very hard and you are an inspiration to us all though your music .. never lose your sense of wonder. .only great things are going to happen for you. .Stay Safe my friend I'll see you #OnMercyStreet #Philly #onwardandupward

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    Jane Stennett Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    I would love to see you and your band. Would you consider coming to Canada. There is a venue called Capital Theater in Chatham Ontario Canada. Also there is a place in Ceasars Windsor called Elyx. They love music like yours . Please think about it. Stay safe and healthy.

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    Jane Stennett Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    I would love to see you and your band. Would you consider coming to Canada. There is a venue called Capital Theater in Chatham Ontario Canada. Also there is a place in Ceasars Windsor called Elyx. They love music like yours . Please think about it. Stay safe and healthy.

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    Marjorie Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Thank you, Keith, for the update...happy you are doing so well with your music, and always happy to hear how you and the guys are doing on the road.
    Thought about you last week during the big surfing competition up here in Half Moon Bay.
    Take care.

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    Nancy DeSimone Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Well, all your hard work is starting to pay off. Big things are happening! I am so happy for you. You are very talented and you deserve it! I saw the show in Boston and it was great. It was a pleasure meeting you and Kelsey. You're good people! I hope you will be back again very soon. I am also looking forward to seeing you with Celtic Thunder in the fall as I have never been to a CT show before. Damian just announced that he will be with the show in Australia. I hope he will stay. I hope all the good things continue for you! And for Kelsey. :D

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    Becky Burke Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Thanks for the blog! Really enjoyed your show in Pittsburgh and that awesome band you put together! Hope you come back again soon! :)

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    Julie Peters Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    I would love to see you and your band, and I was wondering if you would consider coming back to Victoria British Columbia, or Vancouver there are some amazing venues you could play. I love your music and can't wait until the CD is released in March.

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    PATTY LYNN Tuesday, 16 February 2016


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    patricia dalgliesh Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    i no i will never get to c you so will just buy your dvds keep up the good work and all the luck for your future and too you and Kelsy

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    jackie duckworth Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    I am so happy the tour was such a success! It was the best concert ever. Wishing you a huge success on the new CD "On Mercy Street"! See you on the road and 'keep on keeping on'....:)

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    Nancy Gonseth Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Ho-Hum...such an old PRO!
    We are so proud of you!
    Indeed, your practice HAS made perfect

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    Roger Stroupe Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    Cheers, nice read, sure did enjoy the show during the On Mercy Street Tour. always good tomorrows.

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    Jackie B Tuesday, 16 February 2016

    ...Truly a labour of love on all fronts. I am so happy to see a renaissance man & gentleman of your caliber be so successful & on your own terms :D

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