Connie Price and the Keystones

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Connie Price and the Keystones are a musical group from Los Angeles, California who throw in elements of '60's and '70's film scores, Jamaican production aesthetics, African and Brazilian overtones, psychedelia, hip-hop and a whole bunch of soul. Though the name connotes a female lead, Connie (Constantine to be exact) Price and The Keystones is in fact a project helmed by 6'4" guitarist/multi-instrumentalist Dan Ubick (formerly of Breakestra and De La Soul) who produces under the name Connie Price.

In 2004 Connie Price put out an EP, Blood's Haul, on the Stones Throw imprint Now Again with UK drummer Malcolm Catto, and that same year the instrumental Wildflowers was released featuring members of Funk Inc., Poets Of Rhythm and L.A. Carnival. Another EP, Sticks & Stones, hit shelves in 2005, and three years later the band issued the more funk and hip-hop influenced Tell Me Something on Ubiquity Records, which featured guest appearances from emcee's Percee P, Ohmega Watts, Wildchild, Soup/Daakir from Jurassic 5, Aloe Blacc and Freestyle Fellowship's Myka Nyne among others.

From 2007 to 2009 Connie Price & the Keystones became one of two main bands (along side L.A. fam Rhythm Roots All Stars who now back De La Soul) to back hip-hop legends like Big Daddy Kane, EPMD, Slick Rick, Redman, M.O.P., Brand Nubian and Too $hort live on Scion's coast to coast Live Metro series. The Keystones struck a bond with Big Daddy Kane, becoming his full time backing band from 2008-2012.

In 2014 Connie Price and the Keystones released four songs from their forthcoming third full length entitled "Lucas High" due out in 2015, a tribute to session man Doug Lucas, featuring his son Zach. As well as original samples of S.S.O. Orchestra, Plus, and J.J. Band "Lucas High" is mixed with original Keystones music to create ten brand new tracks featuring the vocal talents of Brand Nubian, Percee P & Guilty Simpson, The Pharcyde's Imani and Bootie Brown, Ta'raach & Black Shakespeare (Llgl Tndr), Big Daddy Kane, Rapsody & Lady Of Rage, Talib Kweli, Brother J & Wildchild and many more heavy hitters TBA.

Connie Price & the Keystones is proud to emerge from Los Angeles' bustling music scene and is proud to have included a revolving cast of players including members of Orgone, Breakestra, Beck, DJ Z-Trip, Rhythm Roots All Stars, Mayer Hawthorne, Beck, David Holmes, David Garibaldi Band, Macy Gray, The Rebirth, The Lions, Greyboy Allstars, Greasy Beats, etc.

Connie Price and The Keystones' music has appeared in DJ Hero, NBA Street 4, The film LONDON with Jessica Biel, Friday Night Lights, MTV, and Showtime's Street Time as well as been sampled by Slum Village, Oh No, Guilty Simpson and Lily Allen.

Discography[edit]

"The Badger b/w "Sweet Soul Music"

2003 - 7 inch - Now Again - NA7001-A
Highland Park b/w Time to Kill
2003 - 7 inch - Now Again - NA7008-A

"Get Thy Bearings" (Donovan Cover) feat. Chris Manak on vocals

2003 - 7 inch - Now Again - NA7006-A
Wildflowers
2004 LP/CD - Now Again
Debut album
Features appearances by Malcolm Catto, and members of: Funk Inc, Poets Of Rhythm, and The L.A. Carnival.
Titles include "Sticks & Stones", "Sucker Punch", "The Buzzard", "Double Dutch", "Wild Flowers", "Tall Dry Grass", "Fuzz & Them", and "The Shadows Of Leaves".
Sticks & Stones EP

12″ Single. 2006. NA5020

After Wildflowers, Now Again released the Keystones’ Sticks & Stones EP, a collection of live performances, a b-side, and a dub remix of the first cut from the LP.

http://www.nowagainrecords.com/tag/connie-price-keystones/

"Tell Me Something" 2008 LP/CD - Ubiquity Records. Sophomore album Features appearances by Aloe Blacc, Soup from Jurassic 5, Mykah 9 from Freestyle Fellowship, Blood Of Abraham, Percee P, Wildchild from Lootpack and Ohmega Watts. http://www.ubiquityrecords.com/shop/products/Connie-Price-And-The-Keystones-%252d-Tell-Me-Something.html

"Lucas High" EP Sampler (from forthcoming third album) 2014 Digital Download/Promo CD - A Man Called Horse Records www.lucashigh.com Features appearances by Imani and Bootie Brown of The Pharcyde, Big Daddy Kane, Rapsody, Lady Of Rage, Ta'Raach, Black Shakespeare, Guilty Simpson, Novena Carmel and Percee P.

"Waterloo Sunset" 2014 Digital Download A psych-Brazilian cover of The Kinks classic featuring vocals by Gretchen Parlato.

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