"I don't really remember dropping out of school / I just remember doing drugs up on the roof / and jumping off into the pool," sings Doug Keith, over a primitive stomp, repetitive acoustic guitar figure and choral swells. This first song on his new album, The Lucky Ones, is the sound of a man haunted by possibilities that became eventualities long ago. By the song's conclusion, more instruments have joined forces into what can only be described as a sustained musical sigh.
But The Lucky Ones, Keith's second album under his own name, is hardly a moper; much of it bops along with a mildly psychedelic '70s singer-songwriter feel, while rockers like the fuzzed-out "Maria del Bosco" point toward his previous stints in bands including The Gods Hate Kansas and Up the Empire. Whether supported by a full band or just acoustic guitar and violin, Keith's Springsteen-sandpaper voice is low-key yet affecting, familiar yet his own.
The New York-based musician drifts into Howlers Coyote Café for a Wed., Feb. 10, show, along with Michigan folkie Andru Bemis. Locals on the bill are singer-songwriter Kevin Finn and Spinster, whose hilarious ballad "The Larper" might be worth the price of admission alone.
Doug Keith with Andru Bemis, Spinster and Kevin Finn. 8 p.m. Wed., Feb. 10. Howlers Coyote Café. 4509 Liberty Ave., Bloomfield. $5. 412-682-0320 or www.howlerscoyotecafe.com