John Keys looks like the kind of guy you don’t want to piss off. From matted mane to tattoo-laden bulging biceps – not to mention: this look that makes you feel like he already knows all your darkest secrets – most people are surprised to hear the gentle soul of this man. Having hopped from job to job his whole life, admittedly sometimes getting into fistfights with managers, he didn’t pick up a guitar until he was 38, after quitting yet another dead-end day job. He hasn’t looked back since. His songs of love and life have so much raw energy and emotion, in just 12 short months, he’s gone from appearing at open mic nights in his native Regina, Saskatchewan to touring Canada.

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