After being asked to provide some entertainment at the City of Lake Jackson’s 50th birthday party, Donnie Harris thought it would be humorous to name the temporarily formed blues band he was putting together The Keepers.

They were a hit! Made up of a group of guys that all were playing for other bands, they never thought it would turn into anything permanent. Not long after their Lake Jackson performance, some folks from the City of Surfside asked them to perform at the 1993 Thunder On The Brazos festival. Then they were asked back by the City of Lake Jackson to play at the city’s Festival of Lights.

The members of this temporarily formed band, The Keepers, were starting to have more fun with this than expected. Not long after, they decided to put something together full time. The first official performance of the - no longer temporary - band was at the 1994 Thunder On The Brazos festival. The Keepers were a hit!

The Keepers present a unique blend of blues influenced rock and country music. “If it’s not blues, you’ve got to be able to taste the blues” according to Thomas. Hence their second name tag, Almost Blue.

The band is made up of long time area residents Thomas Harris, Marvin Plander, Brian Armstrong and Jim Clark. If you ask who influenced them as musicians, you’ll hear such names as Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Credence, Steve Wariner, Jack Bruce, Pete Anderson, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Todd Rundgren, Roy Orbison, Billy Gibbons and, of course, Stevie Ray Vaughan among many others.

Since their initial performances, The Keepers have opened for guitarist and vocalist Van Wilkes, 70’s rocker Pat Travers, Trout Fishing in America, and the legendary blues singer/songwriter Doyle Bramhall.

With a solid rhythm from Brian on drums and Jim on bass, the broad range of vocals by Thomas, and the life threatening guitar solos of Marvin, the band focuses on performing the music and having fun. Sit back or get up and dance, enjoy the music and have fun!

The Keepers are currently building their own web site so visit here again soon for a link to that page.

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