Everyone’s favorite one-man-band, Keller Williams, is preparing to officially release his new studio album, ODD, on August 12, 2009. He’s spent the last 12 weeks releasing the songs track by track through his brand new, fan-oriented download feature, ‘The Once A Week Freek’. Now, full digital copies and physical copies of ODD are available for purchase at www.kellerwilliams.net and at Keller’s live shows.
On Keller Williams’ previous albums, you can never predict what his next move will be…and ODD is certainly no different. Over the course of twelve songs, Keller covers an impressive amount of stylistic ground – everything from the ‘off-the-wall’ ("Day at the Office") to piano-based lounge music ("Warning"), and even a tribute to legendary afrobeat musician Fela Kuti ("Song for Fela"). And somehow, the singer/multi-instrumentalist ties it all together into a unified sound/approach – that is unmistakably Keller.
Funky, acoustic, and electronic are not three musical descriptions that you often see mentioned together, but Keller Williams incorporates all three into his signature style. Case in point, ODD’s album opener, "Environmental Song." And while Keller certainly has a knack for lyrics that don’t take themselves too seriously ("Doobie in My Pocket"), the aforementioned track tackles the subject of mortality – head on. Keller’s percussive style of attacking the acoustic guitar – which is showcased on "Elephorse" – will certainly catch the ear of many fellow musicians, as well. From start to finish, ODD is 100% pure, vintage Keller Williams.
ODD Track Listing: (release date August 12, 2009)
1. "environmental song"
2. "day at the office"
3. "spartan darn it"
4. "groove of the storm"
10. "doobie in my pocket"
11. "ear infection"
12. "song for fela"
Undoubtedly, fans will be able to sample some of Keller’s new material during his upcoming tour dates. His complete list of tour dates is as follows:
August 6 Bottle and Cork Dewey Beach DE
August 7 Outer Banks Brewing Station Kill Devil Hills NC
August 8 House of Blues Myrtle Beach SC with Almira Fawn
August 12 Spud Drive In Driggs, ID w/ Dark Star Orchestra
August 14 Festival @ Sandpoint at Memorial Field Sandpoint ID
August 15 Frontier Ranch (Shamy Bash) Frontier Ranch Music Center Pataskala, OH
August 21 Mishawaka Bellevue CO
August 22 Mishawaka Bellevue CO with Moseley, Droll & Sipe
August 29 Music on the Mountaintop ~ The Old Fairgrounds Boone NC
September 3 Bear Tooth Theatre Pub Anchorage AK
September 4 Denali Park Salmon Bake Denali Park AK
September 5 The Blue Loon Fairbanks AK
September 7 Bumbershoot Festival Mural Amphitheatre Seattle WA
September 17 The Depot Salt Lake City UT with Umphrey’s McGee
September 18 Egyptian Theatre Boise ID
September 19 Wilma Theatre Missoula MT
September 20 Emerson Theater Bozeman MT
October 8 Sherman Theater Stroudsburg PA w/ Retro Rocket
October 9 The State Theatre State College PA
October 13 The Intersection Grand Rapids MI
October 15 City Opera House Traverse City MI
October 16 Barrymore Theatre Madison WI
October 17 Park West Chicago IL
October 19 People’s Des Moines IA
October 20 The Beaumont Kansas City MO
October 21 Fargo Theatre Fargo ND
October 22 Varsity Theatre Iowa City IA
October 23 Englert Theatre Iowa City IA
October 24 Murat Center ~ Egyptian Room Indianapolis IN
October 25 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA
November 11 Ventura Theatre Ventura CA
November 12 House of Blues Anaheim CA
November 13 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA
November 14 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
November 15 Downtown Brewing Co. San Luis Obispo CA
November 17-18 Moe’s Alley Santa Cruz CA
November 19 McNear’s Mystic Theatre Petaluma CA
November 20 Eureka Theatre Eureka CA
November 21 Great American Music Hall San Francisco CA
November 22 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay CA
November 23 The Big Room @ The Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico CA
Long considered one of the most unique and prolific performers in all of rock, the Fredericksburg, Virginia native is known for flying by the seat of his pants on stage, utilizing an unorthodox approach that centers around an Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, which allows Keller to alternate between several instruments on stage.