During his career, Keith Wilkins has worked as a contract songwriter, radio personality, studio session drummer, concert promoter, syndicated columnist, book author, emcee, public speaker, music business consultant, and much more. He has written for numerous newspapers and magazines in both the United States and the United Kingdom, has had four of his songs released on three albums, has spoken at numerous seminars and workshops in the Southeast United States, and has sat on the board for numerous Florida music hall of fames and historical societies..

As a music columnist, Keith is mostly known for his St. Petersburg Live Music Bar Scene column which ran for 6 years on the Examiner and made him the #1 most read columnist in the Tampa Bay market of 2010 and 2011. In addition, Keith had a very successful column, Local Access with Keith Wilkins, which ran in Full Access Magazine for over 3 years. All total Keith has written nearly 1,000 articles which have appeared in many magazines, newspapers, and online publications in America and the United Kingdom including Mayhem Magazine, Full Access Magazine, Buzz Magazine, TV Repartee Magazine, Fly Free Magazine, ROC Magazine, the Examiner, and many more.

As a contract songwriter, Keith has written for many artists and record companies.
Keith has been a featured speaker at many music seminars and songwriting workshops throughout the Southeast United States, was a popular emcee at Tampa Bay concerts, and was a frequent on-air interviewer and show host on WPRN 102.1 FM radio in Tampa.

Keith Wilkins is the co-author of the 2020 book Tampa Bay Music Roots (Arcadia Publishing).



Written by: Charlie Souza & Keith Wilkins
Forward by: Ronny Elliot
Published: March 2, 2020 - Arcadia Publishing

When the Peerless Quartet wrote "Way Down On Tampa Bay" in 1914, Tampa Bay's musical roots started growing. Tampa Bay is where Ray Charles created his first song, Hank Ballard wrote and recorded "The Twist," and the Rolling Stones cranked out their hit "Satisfaction." Stephen Stills attended both Plant High School and Admiral Farragut Academy, and Jim Morrison studied at St. Petersburg Junior College. Ella Fitzgerald kicked off her career on the storied Central Avenue in Ybor City. Savatage, Stranger, Diamond Grey, the Outlaws, Bleeding Hearts, Blackkout, the Arena Twins, Tampa Red, and Cheeky Monkey are all artists who have made a huge impact both locally and nationally. From its rock 'n' roll boom in the 1960s to the birth of death metal in the 1980s . . . Tampa Bay has had a rich musical history!

In this book, national recording artist Charlie Souza (the Tropics, Tom Petty's Mudcrutch, and the New Rascals) and Keith Wilkins (longtime bay-area music columnist, concert promoter, and founder of the Tampa Bay Music Scene Historical Society) have compiled hundreds of photographs and accompanying details in order to help preserve and honor Tampa Bay's rich musical history and give the talented artists who comprise it the respect they rightfully deserve.

“Truly a great book about the music that came out of the Tampa Bay Area! It brought back many great memories of my teenage years and the wonderful venues there were to hear the local bands like the Tropics, the Tempest and the Emotions to name just a few!” - Gilbert Rainault 

“Very well written book with great photos, we was very happy with it.” – Linda Daniels