Tommy Keene is set to release his first solo album in nearly three years, In The Late Bright, on Feb. 17 via Second Motion Records. The 11-track album, co-produced by Keene and R. Walt Vincent (Pete Yorn, James Blunt), was recorded in Keeneâ€™s Los Angeles home earlier this year and features a wide range of songs from the rollicking opener, â€œLate Bright,â€ to his first recorded instrumental (â€œElevatedâ€) and the wistful â€œSave This Harmony.â€ Keene, a DC-area native whose resume is littered with cred-building milestone after milestone, released his solo debut Strange Alliance in 1982. However, it was a six-song EP (Places That Are Gone, 1984) that brought him national attention, landing him atop the venerable Village Voice Pazz & Jop criticâ€™s poll. Since that time, Keene has won numerous fans and accolades and shaped modern power-pop. From four star reviews in Rolling Stone to Entertainment Weekly proclaiming Keene to have â€œcrafted some of the best power pop of the '80sâ€¦â€, Keene has also become an in demand player, touring and recording with Paul Westerberg and Robert Pollard. His most recent release, Blues and Boogie Shoes, was a duet with Pollard, dubbing the outfit the Keene Brothers. In The Late Bright marks Keeneâ€™s eight full-length album. The advance buzz from Keene fans that have heard In the Late Bright is that it is the third great Tommy Keene album in a row, following 2005â€™s Crashing the Ether. This is no comeback or a return to form, just more great music from a guy nearly three decades into his career who appears to be just hitting his stride. Keene plans to tour the US in early 2009 in support of the release, check secondmotionrecords.com for more details as dates are announced.