Keith “Fast Eddy” Summers:
Keith Summers’ songs are a reflection of his travels, relationships, and life experiences. With roots sprouting from traditional acoustic banjo music, his songwriting blends the creative elements of John Hartford’s down home lyrics, Bradley Nowell’s comedic quirkiness toward social commentary, and Tim O’brien’s light-hearted narratives.
While playing in his newgrass band Riverbend, Keith Summers had the honor of having his song “S.L.J.” featured on Warren Miller’s Playground. He has also played on such prestigious stages as the Boulder Theater and the Fox Theater. Currently, he spends his time entertaining crowds at the finest breweries, bars, and coffee shops all along the Front Range.
“What is Urban Foot Stomp Music?”
Keith Summers uses a modified soft-shoe dance, influenced by the late John Hartford, to add a driving rhythmic element to his music. His banjo playing and soft-shoe dance seamlessly blend together to keep audiences alert and engaged during his performances. His shows consist of a blend of unsuspecting cover tunes and original compositions that he uses to connect with his audiences. By sharing stories about his songs and leaving room for the audience to participate in singing, dancing, and laughing, they get a chance to forget about their lives for a while and enjoy some down-home entertainment.
Why the Moniker “Fast Eddy”?
Keith Edward Summers was born in the great state of New Jersey and spent his childhood days trailing through the backwoods of his hometown and enjoying the culture New York City has to offer. Constantly on the move, Keith’s dad gave him the nickname “Fast Eddy.” Keith’s father was a music lover and local supporter of the hometown music scene. When Keith and his brother were in the Roxbury High School Marching Band, his father would film each performance and do annual fundraisers for the school music program. A tradition he continued after his sons graduated from high school. His father would also attend local coffee shop open mics and film the performers. Afterwards, he would make them copies of their performances, free of charge. Unfortunately, Keith’s father succumbed to a heart attack April 5th, 2005. Keith Summers uses the moniker Fast Eddy as a tribute to his father and his love for music.