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Keller Williams KWahtro – SYNC

Keller Williams KWahtro – SYNC
Writer: Josh Mintz

There’s not a lot Keller Williams hasn’t done from a sonic standpoint. For a guy who mostly made his bones as a solo artist, he’s done bluegrass, he’s done dub, he’s done a children’s album, and he’s had lord knows however many iterations of bands throughout his career. Each project generally includes a new cast of characters, and SYNC is the first album from a 2015 project, KWahtro, a band that features longtime Williams collaborator Gibb Droll (guitar), Rodney Holmes (drums) and Danton Boller (bass).

Williams bills KWahtro as “acoustic dance music,” which is an apt description – SYNC listens like an extension of what Williams does on his own. However, the additional players on the record allow the music to bridge out a little more than possible with pre-recorded loops; there’s just more freedom with a human being driving the ship.

“Hategreedlove” is a standout track on the recording. Holmes provides a dark, brooding bass line that’s augmented by a string section (provided by The Accidentals).
Fans of Williams’ token lyrical silliness won’t be disappointed, as the album includes tracks like “Missing Remote” and “Ripped 6-Pack,” the former providing one of the stronger musical performances from Droll and Holmes.

KWahtro really stretches out, though, on “In the Middle.” It showcases the musical depth of the group, and the places that they can go when all four players are speaking the same musical language.
SYNC doesn’t exactly break any new musical ground. For a guy like Williams, who’s had his fingers in so many musical pies, that’s hard to do at this point. But, those who like what Williams has been doing for decades are going to dig this – there are just a few more faces on stage.

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Keller Williams On Tour This Spring

Delfest-2012-Honest-Tune-8The ever-prolific Keller Williams heads back on the road this spring and summer performing solo – accompanied on stage by only a slew of instruments and musical gadgets, and with some of his many projects, including Keller with The Travelin’ McCourys, Keller with More Than A Little, Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass, and Keller & The Keels. In addition, a short run of shows April 17 – 20 (Annapolis, MD | Washington, DC | Greensboro, SC) finds Keller performing with longtime friends and musical collaborators Gibb Droll & Jeff Sipe. Keller’s complete list of currently confirmed tour dates is included below.

 

 

Keller is fresh off a massive winter tour supporting his exciting new release, FUNK, with his latest musical muse, a 6-piece funk band dubbed More Than A Little. The “What The FUNK Tour” took Keller and this cast of hard-hitting funk players through major markets throughout the Midwest and West.

 

 

Check out Honest Tune’s recent feature on Funk: Keller Williams with More Than A Little, It’s Funk

 

Tour Dates:

 

Thursday, March 20 The Haunt Ithaca NY
Friday, March 21 State Theatre State College PA
Saturday, March 22 Chunk Opera Jim Thorpe PA
Friday, March 28 Hoopla in the Hills Rome OH
Saturday, March 29 Slide into Spring Brew & Music Festival Fernandina Beach FL
Friday, April 4 T Bois Blues Festival Lacrose LA
Saturday, April 5 Moe’s Original Mobile AL
Friday, April 11 Gardenia Festival Royal Oak MI Keller & The Keels
Saturday, April 12 River Rocks Festival Columbia SC
Thursday, April 17 Ram’s Head On Stage Annapolis MD Keller Williams with Gibb Droll & Jeff Sipe
Friday, April 18 The Hamilton Washington DC Keller Williams w/ Gibb Droll & Jeff Sipe
Sunday, April 20 The Blind Tiger Greensboro NC Keller Williams with Gibb Droll & Jeff Sipe
Friday, April 25 – Saturday, April 26 Merlefest Wilkesboro NC Keller Williams Solo, Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, and Keller & The Keels
Saturday, May 3 The Maison New Orleans LA Keller Williams with More Than A Little
Saturday, May 10 Aiken Bluegrass Festival Aiken SC Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys
Friday, May 23-25 DSO Jubillee Thornville OH Keller Williams with More Than A Little
Saturday, May 23-25 Summer Camp Chillicothe IL
Sunday, May 23-26 Revival Fest Clarks Grove MN
Friday, May 30 Carbon Leaf’s Ragtime Carnival Chesterfield VA
Saturday, June 7 Ace Adventure Resort New River Gorge WV Mountain Music Festival
Friday, June 20 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride CO Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys
Friday, July 4 – Saturday, July 5 Highberry US Festival Ozark AK
Sunday, July 11-13 Luna Light Festival Barto PA
Saturday, July 18-20 Groove Music Festival Georgetown CO Keller & The Keels
Friday, July 31-August 1 Gathering of the Vibes Bridgeport CT Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass
Sunday, August 3 Salmonstock Ninilchik AK
Sunday, August 8-10 ARISE Music Festival Loveland, CO Keller Williams’ Grateful Grass

Keller Williams and the WMD’s embark on east coast fall tour

Keller Williams has been called guitar’s mad-scientist, a one-man-band for the new millennium and dozens of other clever sobriquets dreamed up by fans and music journalists trying to get a handle on his uplifting and ever-shifting style of music. Williams is considered by some but not by himself, to be a master of the acoustic guitar, known for his ability to solo over layers of spontaneously created loops. He is a generous performer who plays down to earth acoustic music that defies any effort to find a convenient pigeonhole. Keller Williams’ new album DREAM, which features a DREAM team of guest musicians, has inspired the usually one-man-band to hit the road with, you guessed it, a DREAM live band.

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