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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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Resonance Music & Arts Festival 2015

Resonance Music & Arts Festival 2015
9/24/15-9/26/15 at Legend Valley (Thornville, OH)
Featuring: Perpetual Groove, Nahk & Medicine for the People, Rising Appalachia, Tauk, The Main Squeeze, Keller Williams and more…

 

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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

Strings & Sol 2013: All About The Music

Strings & Sol When writing reviews you are always advised to not write in the first person as you are supposed to be objective and not let personal feelings interfere with the critique of the event, album, or music at hand. But sometimes the best way to truly express how special something was is through your own personal feelings. Strings & Sol 2013 was one of those events.

The past decade has seen an explosion in the number of music related festivals; seemingly every plot of land with the room to throw up a stage and let people camp has hosted a festival at some point in the past ten years. The new hot-trend lately has been the advent of the destination festival.  Group a couple of like-minded bands together and find some exotic location at a resort that is willing to host a horde of music fans looking to get away from the cold-weather of the winter months and boogie their butts off on the beach.  Then give it some kind of nifty play-on words name like Mayan Holidaze, Strings & Sol, or One Big Holiday – and viola you have a destination festival.  Now with that being said, one would be a fool to think that is all that it takes to start one of these festivals. The logistics and planning that goes into an event like Strings & Sols must be staggering.  And to pull it off as flawlessly as the folks at Strings & Sol did is even that much more impressive.  But it is not simply great planning, cool locations, and good weather that make people drop $1000s and head out of the country for a week.  There has to be something more.

DSCN2539editedIt would be easy to sum up how amazing an experience Strings & Sol 2013 was in a few sentences.  It was in Mexico.  The resort was unbelievable. The stage was set-up on the beach which allowed bare-foot dancing in the white sand while the waves gently rolled in next to you.  Leftover Salmon, as did the other four bands that were present – Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, and Keller Williams & the Traveling McCourys – killed it all weekend with help from Little Feat’s Billy Payne who was a surprise guest for the festival.  But that would not do justice to the personal experience it was.  For people to make such a trip there is something more that draws people.

My wife and I got married a few months back.  Strings & Sol ended up being a belated honeymoon for us. One our favorite songs is Yonder Mountain String Band’s “Midwest Gospel Radio.”  It is a beautiful piece of music that meant so much to us we used it extensively at our wedding.  It is a song that no matter when we hear it brings goose-bumps and the memory of the wedding rushing back. Needless to say it is a bit special to us.  On the flight down from our home in Baltimore to Mexico my wife asked me if she thought Yonder might play “Midwest Gospel Radio,” at some point. With the confidence of the set list coinsurer that I think I am, I answered, “I don’t know, they don’t play it that much so I would not count on it.”  Friday afternoon during Yonder’s sunset show, I had left to grab a couple of drinks by the pool bar.  I know what you are thinking, “Why would you leave?”  In my defense the pool was mere steps away from the beach, you could still hear the music from the stage, and I couldn’t find a waiter on the beach (yes, there were waiters on the beach delivering drinks during the music.  I know how awesome).  As I waited for my cerveza and wife’s DSCN2677editedmudslide, I heard the first few simple gorgeous notes of “Midwest Gospel Radio.”  I grabbed my drinks and sprinted back towards the beach not wanting to miss this moment.  With drinks in hand I hurdled the small set of bushes between the pool and the walkway to the beach. I shimmed my way through the crowd and made it to my wife whose smile was lighting up the whole beach.  She reminded me of my doubt in hearing this song, and then added “this just made my trip.”  The addition of Billy Payne on keys and Railroad Earth’s Andy Goessling on saxophone only served to bring the song to life that much more.  And it was in that moment, as we stood there with goose-bumps on arms, that the real reason that people travel such lengths to go to events like this; the music.  It is the music and the deep connections we build with the bands and songs.  It is the power to hear a song and be instantly transported back to some living changing event. It is ability to have every memory you have flood back through the simple sound of a couple of chords.

DSCN2292editedIt would probably be safe to say that not everyone on the beach during “Midwest Gospel Radio” had the same reaction as us.  But it can probably be said that all who attended Strings & Sol found their own personal moment of music that reminded them why they came all this way to see some bands play some tunes.  And at Strings & Sol this year there were plenty of them.  It might have been getting to hear Leftover Salmon blast through a couple of Little Feat tunes, in “Fat Man in the Bathtub” and “Dixie Chicken,” as Billy Payne sat in with the band. It could have the appropriate festival opener of James Taylor’s “Mexico” by Greensky Bluegrass.  It could have been the way Keller Williams and the Traveling McCourys played through a raging rainstorm that cut short their set to then quickly move inside to the lobby bar and pick up exactly where they had left off in “Mullet Cut.”  Maybe it was the simpler things that stirred your soul like the playful afternoon session of Name That Tune Bingo at the pool with Keller Williams, Vince Herman, and his son Silas or the quiet intensity of the afternoon picking clinic with Ronnie McCoury and Railroad Earth’s Andy Goessling and John Skehan.  Maybe it was the way your favorite band seemed to be enjoying the music being played even more than you.  Looking over and catching Leftover Salmon’s Drew Emmitt grooving on the beach during Yonder Mountain String Band’s afternoon set.  Or seeing the guys from Greensky getting-down when every they were not on stageDSCN2184edited including a Mexican wrestling mask adorned Dave Bruzza holding court at the pool bar during the raging beauty of Railroad Earth’s transcendent headlining Friday night set that was a true highlight of the entire fest.  Over the four days of music there were limitless moments that stood out.  Some obvious for all to see, some like “Midwest Gospel Radio,” more personal and less obvious.  But regardless of what your highlight was, Strings & Sol provided plenty of them.

The beauty of live music is the unexpectedness of it. The twist and turns a familiar song can take live on stage that grow even more hair-raising when a band brings guests on stage and allow them to do their own unique thing.  Every festival seems to feature sit-ins, but at an event like Strings & Sol with the tightknit relationship’s that many of the band’s share when combined with the loose relaxed atmosphere lead to an abundance of guest appearances.  There was the ubiquitous presence of unannounced guest Billy Payne who lent his touch to every band through the weekend.  A surprise sit-in from Umphrey’s McGee’s Joel Cummins with Greensky Bluegrass during “Lose My Way” made it seem like anything was possible.  It was a common occurrence to look to the stage and see fiddler Jason Carter, Ronnie McCoury, and Greensky’s Anders Beck jumping onstage to provide a couple of tasty links to the DSCN2482editedproceedings.  There was the guest laden “Franklin’s Tower” during Leftover Salmon’s headlining set which included Billy Payne, Keller Williams, Ronnie McCoury, and Jason Carter which was a fifteen minute sensory overload.  While it seemed everyone got in on the sit-in vibe of the event, the true MVP of the sit-in’s was Railroad Earth’s fiddler Tim Carbone who seemingly never left the stage throughout the entire festival.  He was with Keller and the McCourys as they blasted through John Hartford’s “Vamp in the Middle,” just as he was onstage through most of Leftover Salmon’s shows.  He also joined Yonder for a number of songs during their three shows including a healthy “Traffic Jam” > “Rag Doll” > “Traffic Jam.”  He was even there late-night at the lobby bar as an impromptu picking-session sprang up with band mate Skehan and some of the contestants from the picking contest held early that day.

Regardless of what your moment was, you were sure to find one.  And when you did, and you got those goose-bumps and youDSCN2604edited danced with your feet in the ocean and your smile lit up the beach you knew why you had come.  It was not for the sun-kissed pool, or the all you could eat food, or all inclusive bar.  No, it was none of that, it was quite simply for The music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Band’s Eye View 2013

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As 2013 comes to a close and year-end Best of Lists start popping up highlighting all the great music that was made this year, we at Honest Tune, wanted to find out what all those musicians who appear on all these best of lists were listening to this year.  So we asked some of our favorite bands what albums moved them this year and what were their memorable moments from a year full of great live shows.  Their answers provide a wide sampling of some of the great music that was made this year.  Some of it familiar, some of it not, but all of it well worth checking out.  Read on and hopefully discover some great, new music from 2013.

 

 

 

 

The four questions we asked each musician were:

1.) What were your 3 favorite albums of 2013?

2.) What was your favorite live moment of the year?

3.) What album or band were you most excited to discover in 2013?

4.) What are you looking forward to most in 2014?

 

 

DSCN8505editedKeller Williams

1.)  1. Bob Marley & The Wailers, Legend Remixed. Fresh spins on a universal music.

2. Pretty Lights, A Color Map of the Sun. It’s interesting how a DJ/producer will have humans play his ideas on instruments, record them on tape, press them to vinyl, then load it all in to the computer. That’s going above and beyond the call of duty.

3. White Denim’s, Corsicana Lemonade.  Super cool rock that rocks hard.

2.) Summer Camp in Chillicothe, Illinois.  Victor Wooten sat in with me the entire set.  It was tasty and the band was thrilled to be in the presence of the such musical greatness as Victor Wooten.  I  also enjoyed  the Bassnectar show at The Fillmore in Maryland.  I was dead center on the dance floor and my sternum was rattled. The energy went through the roof, it was powerful sh**t.

3.)  Breastfist, Tickly Shimmers. So funky. So complex. So funny. So weird. So good. Key track?  “Talk to the Fist”.

4.)  Looking forward to two huge bus tours with my new side project, More Than A Little.

(To hear more about Keller’s thoughts on Breastfist and his busy 2013, check out Honest Tune’s recent interview with him. Keller Williams with more than a little, its funky )

 

 

DSCN1473editedPaul Hoffman – Greensky Bluegrass

1.)  This is always tough.  I ask myself, “Did they have to be released in 2013 or did I just need to dig them in 2013?”

1.  Jason Isbell Southeastern.  Anders [Beck] said, “Listen to it and try not to love it.”  He was right.  This guy is freakin’ brilliant.

2.  Dawes Stories Don’t End.  I also think Taylor Goldsmith is a great writer.  If I dig the lyrics, I can latch on to a record in an unhealthy-listen-everyday kinda way.  I played this one a lot while we were flying this summer.

3.  Fruition Just One of Them Nights.  We just did 30+ shows with this band this fall.  I came home and listened to the album right away.  That’s got to say something.  Three amazing writers in this band.  Five incredible musicians.  Boy can they sing pretty too.

I did it.  All released in 2013.  I checked.

2.) In Chicago or Detroit I don’t know, we do so many shows in a row.” Checks calendar for a visual memory of the year, this is tough too.  I’m going with a recent memory.  It’s accessible and different.  I saw a lot of amazing music this year and (think) I played a great deal as well.  A piece that I will hold on to though is the emotion after our 9 week tour.  It’s sort of a sum-of-musical-moments. We worked so hard to keep it fresh every night and musically challenge ourselves and the listeners. The last show was hard but somehow we pulled it off.  I expected to be relieved (and certainly was) but I was struck with this nostalgia like never before.  I’ve already confronted this truth that there will never be another tour like that one.  I cried a little and it shocked me.  I was really surprised.  That’s a memory.

3.)  Jason Isbell.  The others above I was already familiar with.  Glad to be following him through future projects as well as looking back at his previous catalog. 

4.)   We’ve been working all year on a new album and it’s going to be released early in the year.  I’m anxious for people to hear it and there are some songs I’m excited to play.  Greensky is also going to play some amazing festivals in 2014.  I can’t say which but I can admit being stoked!

 

 

Mike DevolMike Devol – Greensky Bluegrass

1.)  1.  Jason Isbell, Southeastern. For someone who is generally so chipper, I’m a sucker for heartbreak. Not to say that it’s all sad- each song is just really poignant, and what Isbell says, he says really beautifully. I’m not yet incredibly familiar with his work with the Drive by Truckers, but this solo album is stripped down so charmingly, each arrangement in awesome service to its message. I listen to it almost every day.

2.  Frightened Rabbit, Pedestrian Verse. This Scottish band has released several albums, but their newest, Pedestrian Verse, is the one that has hooked me. It’s a study in texture, each band member contributing to a truly creative composite sound, that results in an album full of anthems. I find myself drumming on random objects and singing along at the top of my lungs.

3.  Lorde The Love Club EP. This is the prequel release to this fall’s super blockbuster pop sensation, Pure Heroine, which I also love. I know this is a jam publication- don’t judge me, but this 16-year old girl from New Zealand has created something pretty awesome in a world where Miley Cyrus and Toby Keith are the types to usually sell a ton of albums. She has a beautiful and unique voice, and the electronic accompaniment is just so damn sonically pleasing. Can’t stop listening.

2.)  Is it arrogant to choose a Greensky moment? Truth is, I play a hell of a lot more shows than I see, and I can’t think of any concert experience of this year that can hold a candle to the feeling I get when onstage with my boys. We finished a 47(?) show tour in mid-November with two sold-out nights at the Gothic Theater in Denver. That second night was some of the best fun I’ve had. We took the stage with a sense of victory that took us through that whole show, all relishing in the joy of playing, the pride of what we’d just accomplished, and the energy of perhaps our greatest fans of all.

3.)  Fruition. Didn’t discover them in 2013, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t discover just how awesome they are over the course of touring with them this year. If you haven’t heard of this 5-piece from Portland, OR, go buy all of their albums. When I first met Fruition, they had this charming string band sound, but with the addition of drums and the resulting growth in their songwriting styles, they’ve really come into an amazing, unique rock sound that is only theirs. I’m just getting started- They have three solid songwriters who can also sing stellar lead. Perhaps the most prolific of these is Jacob Anderson, who is also one of the best guitarists I know. Just plain shreds. Their three and sometimes four-part harmonies and vocal arrangements are some of the best in the business. And they’re just a bunch of solid, badass folks. Thankful that this year saw so many Greensky shows with Fruition as support. Next year, they’ll be too big to come out with us!

4.)  Sky’s the limit for 2014. First of all, I am just stoked for the release of our new album, If Sorrows Swim. We’ve been working on it all year, and I can’t wait to share it with our people, and hopefully some people who aren’t already “ours” in February or March. More great songs from Hoffman and Bruzza, self-produced and recorded with Glenn Brown in Michigan, like our last studio effort Handguns.

In true Greensky form, we’ll also be touring a lot. Festival season is already shaping up, and although I’m not allowed to talk about a lot of it yet, there is plenty to be excited about. What am I most excited about in 2014? The unknown. With all the exciting stuff that is happening for us, I’m gonna take the the optimist’s path and say that what I’m most excited about is all the cool stuff that isn’t planned yet. Who knows what the year will bring in terms of life and music-making experience, and I think that’s what keeps Greensky ticking in this often restless world of the touring musician- the people we meet, the scenes out the window of the bus, the crowds we play for, the spontaneous ontage pop-song teases. We have a lot of fun, and that’s what’s keeping us sane, and that’s what keeps us going from year to year. Come out and share in the revelry.

 

 

Patrick Rainey1Patrick Rainey – The Bridge, Freedom Enterprise

1.)  1.  Anders Osborne Peace – From the guy who brought us Three Free Amigos comes a full-length album that is brewed thick with soul and grit. Peace adds to a collection of songs that sticks with the listener like a heroin addiction. Anders’ guitar playing drips with good intention, but is over-driven to the point of dissonant overtones, yet somehow reaches the light at the end of the tunnel. This simple three piece band brings New Orleans Swamp to distortion levels, adding saxophone and the Hammond B3 along the way.

2. Lorde Pure Heroine – Intimate and fantastic, Pure Heroine is perfect for road trips and fornication. Consistent thumping bass lines and up-close vocals lend to a soothing and hypnotic experience. Nothing too complicated here, just good songs, perfectly executed with easy production. Albums like this usually make their way to my playlist because it’s clean and relaxing.

3.  Arcade Fire Reflektor – In contradiction to the previous two albums, Reflektor, has an uncanny abundance of density. The album itself has a live feel only because there is people clapping and cheering like there is a live audience, but the album ideally could not be more over-produced. This is one of the most expensive, collaborative, intense, and imaginative journeys one could expect out of listening to a bunch of invisible wave “sounds.”

2.)  David Byrne and St. Vincent (Baltimore, MD 6/13/13). – My buddy Cris Jacobs had won two tickets from WTMD the night of the show, and he asked me to go. I couldn’t be more excited because I really wanted to see David Bryne. I had never seen a show at the Myerhoff and it took my breath away from the moment I took my required seat. The band started, laying on the floor playing to the suspended honeycomb sound diffusing apparatus, that reflected the sound out to the mass of rather boisterous people. When David Byrne came out the crowd erupted, and I think I cried a little but I was soon brought back by his candor and personality. He said he had spent the day biking around Druid Hill Park, but it sounded more like “Droodle Pork” as he was demonstrating his best Bawlmer accent. He’s one of us, I thought. I soon realized that his counter part in the show, St. Vincent, was from another planet. She glided and pulsed so fluidly with the music, her presence was unmistakable, all while absolutely killing her vocal melodies and shredding a mean black shiny guitar. The accompanying marching horn section used every square foot of the stage and everyone played at least three instruments. Each song ended with a hard stop and the sound reverberated through the hall and through the bones of every person there. Acoustically perfect for that space, the band ended the show playing a few Talking Heads tunes, then laid back down on the hard symphony floor and played to that crazy ceiling.

3.)  Daft Punk – I was most excited for Random Access Memories because I remember jumping up and down on my futon listening to Discovery in my dorm room. This duo of robots produces the finest French disco in all the land. Throw a pile of synthesizers and vocoders at Pharrell and add a little Nile Rodgers and you got yourself a hit. Though after one listen, I did realize that I’m not in college anymore.

4.)  Next year I’m looking forward to playing lots of festivals with my new band Freedom Enterprise and this winter with The Bridge in Jamaica. 2013 has been a good year for music as the industry’s misfortunes have started to trimming out the grizzle. On behalf of all the musicians out there, I would like to thank the fans for their continued support. We’re the lucky ones.

 

 

Karl DensonKarl Denson – Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Greyboy All-Stars

1.)  1.  Justin Timberlake “20/20 Experience: I feel like this record kind of came out of nowhere. There is no real hip-hop being played on the radio anymore,  and the pop songs are monotone and terrible. I like the fact that a real R&B crooner record was able to make such a statement. I also like that all the songs are long.

2.  Fat Freddy’s Drop: I happened upon this record listening to public radio and I couldn’t take it off my playlist for a few months. Just a great sound, Nice mix of influences and A strangely familiar voice.

3.  Danger Mouse and Danielle Luppi “Rome”: just a beautiful album. The harmonies are way more interesting than I expected.

2.) Last Christmas I finally got to see Jack White live. ‘Nuff said.

 3.)   I can’t say a specific band. I discovered a lot of music this year. There’s a lot going on and a lot of things are changing.

4.)  This year I’m looking forward to making lots of music. The Tiny Universe has been going well and has a new album, New Ammo, dropping in February. I’m also taking my son to Costa Rica.

 

 

John Ginty 8x10John Ginty

1.)  1.  Amelita by Court Yard Hounds. Yes, I played on it, but it really is an amazing record. This is the second record from Emily and Martie of the Dixie Chicks, with Martin Strayer co-writing the songs and playing guitar. Great listen top to bottom, great traveling record.

2.  Made Up Mind by Tedeschi Trucks Band. They make GREAT records, that sound amazing thanks to Jim Scott, and have you seen them live?  Make that happen if you haven’t, one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Old school.

3.  Shout! by Govt. Mule. Always a fan of the band and their records, this was a cool idea to do the second disc with special guests on vocals. My favorite treatment is “Funny Little Tragedy” with Elvis Costello.

2.)  Playing the first notes of “Not Ready to Make Nice” with the Dixie Chicks on the “Long Time Gone Tour” in Canada. The power of song is incredible. You could light up a city with that energy.

3.)  Samantha Fish. She rocks. She released her new record Black Wind Howlin’ on the same day my new record came out, and I started seeing her name all over the place. Really dig her playing, energy, and songwriting.

4.)  I’m looking forward to summer, honestly. Touring in this crappy cold weather is for the birds.

(Check out Honest Tune’s interview with John Ginty about his new album Bad News Travels.  John Ginty: They can’t take the organ away from me)

 

 

Chris Pandolfi1Chris Pandolfi – Infamous Stringdusters

1.) 1.  The BandLive at the Academy of Music 1971.  Everybody loves the Band, myself included. I was so excited when this came out, even though I’ve heard most of this stuff a million times before. But that’s the beauty of the Band–their music is the realest real deal, and it only gets better with time. Even though they are known for their songs/recordings, the live performance is magical. The horn arrangements at this show are so regal and perfect, the Dylan stuff is amazing, and the setlist is something to behold. Imagine having that many incredible songs? Thank God for the Band.

2.  Washed Out – Paracosm.  I discovered Washed Out’s Life of Leisure EP a few years back and it had a huge impact on me right away. His sound is beautiful–dreamy and heavily textured but totally accessible. He’s got great simple songs and a truly unique sound, something I really admire as an artist. His follow up to Life of Leisure (Within and Without) was good but Paracosm is absolutely great. I feel like the sound is much more his own, versus the production on Within and Without. It’s as if he got back to his roots, and I love it. He also has a legit live band (I saw them in Boulder in September) that combines elements of electronic synth-pop with real instruments and lots of vocals. It was a big step forward from earlier iterations of the performance. I hope the Washed Out albums keep on coming.

3.  Phoenix – Bankrupt.  I’m a big Phoenix fan. I loved their last album, and in many ways this record is an extension of that sound. It’s all very consistent–pop hooks framed by really creative production. When Bankrupt dropped I couldn’t turn it off, and that’s the sign of a great album. There’s some conceptual stuff in there, and just a bunch of catchy songs. They also included a cool mashup of ‘sketches,’ entitled the Bankrupt Diaries, which looks at different early impressions of the music. You hear snippets of working versions which gives a cool glimpse into the evolution of the music for this album.

2.)  I went out of my way to see some great bands that I follow this past year, which always reminds me of how great true fandom feels. We lose touch with that feeling as professional musicians, but it’s so important and I’m more into it than ever. But far and away my most memorable musical moment this year was playing with John Scofield at The Festy Experience (our annual festival in central VA). Sco is my absolute improvising hero. His playing is just pure feeling, something I aspire to every time I get on stage–it’s the only thing the untrained ear really relates to and thus your greatest responsibility as a performer. It helps to be good, but it’s essential to be real, and Scofield is the best at both. He sat in with the Stringdusters for two songs, one of his, “Kelpers,” and one of ours, “Fire.”  We took a solo together, trading ideas and flowing with the music. Though the fan side of me was just freaking out, he was so cool through the whole experience that the music really came to life. I can never remember being more inspired on stage. Thank you John Scofield, you are a musical God.

3.)  I recently got into a great new album called Kittyhawk by Ki:Theory (aka Joel Burleson). He’s managed by a friend, and I’ve been aware of him for a while, but this album is just sick, a huge step forward in both writing and production. Ki:Theory doesn’t tour much, so the recording is kind of the thing. His early stuff was more vibey songwriter stuff, but the album is so thick with creative production, but not just for production’s sake. The sounds bring the music to life in just the right way, and they range all over the sonic map. It’s really impressive and great sounding–a big inspiration for me in my solo endeavors. I could see his music being much much more popular.

4.)  I’m looking forward to working on my solo stuff this coming year (TradPlus). The Stringdusters is such a dream come true musical outlet, but it’s also all about the art of compromise. I’ve been into lots of different sounds/styles for a long time and I’m finally gearing up to release some music and perform solo. The concept has evolved a lot over the past few years as I have learned the world of programming, worked on playing new instruments and discovered new influences. This is my vision, and I don’t have to compromise anything–it’s daunting but also totally liberating. I work a lot in my home studio, which is tailored pretty specifically for producing my own stuff–lots of software, VSTs, but also lots of instruments. It’s about new and different sonic textures, but it’s mostly about songs.

 

 

robert-walterRobert Walter – Robert Walter’s 20th Congress,  The Greyboy Allstars

1.)  It’s a little embarrassing, but I don’t really know very much about albums from 2013.  Mostly I’ve been listening to old records.  Lots of Prince and The Time lately, also Cymande and Black Sabbath.  I got a cassette player and have been enjoying shopping at the thrift store for tapes.

2.)  Greyboy Allstars late night at High Sierra Music Festival was one of my favorite gigs this year.  We also did three nights this summer in NYC with Houston Person, James Carter and Gary Bartz, one each night.  It was fun to play with those guys and hear them up close. Very inspiring.

3.)  I love The Mike Dillon Band.

4.)  More touring, writing and recording.  I enjoy making music.

 

 

Tom-Hamilton-3Tom Hamilton – American Babies

1.) 1.  Arcade Fire – Reflektor.  These guys are batting 1000 when it comes to making records. With a sound that is unique and always evolving. I look forward to their releases with the same excitement that I have for Radiohead albums.

2.  Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle.  Don’t sleep on this. She is part Nick Drake, part Leonard Cohen, and all woman. Her songs are devastating, her voice like a ghost in a dream.

3.  Atoms For Peace – Amok.  Four words: Thom Yorke and Flea.

2.)  I did a show in January with a bunch of my friends called “Joe Russo’s Almost Dead.” It was one of those nights that you never forget. We all clicked right from the first note.

3.)  Laura Marling. She’s is an absolute delight.

4.)  Touring the country a couple times over with American Babies. We’re coming for ya…

(Read our recent interview with Tom Hamilton on the making of his latest album, Knives & Teeth. Tom Hamilton & American Babies get their Knives and Teeth out)

 

 

JenningsJennings Carney – Pontiak

1.)  1.  Portal Vexovoid because it is super interesting and textured.

2. Cass McCombs Big Wheel and Others because it just is.
3. Rediscovered “Dreaming My Dreams”, by Waylon Jennings.

2.)  We played Hopscotch festival in Raleigh and participated in Seth Olinsky’s Band Dialogue. It was awesome. A bunch of bands set up in a closed off street and played one long big droning piece of music.

3.)  I don’t know.

4.)  Going on tour in the US and Europe in support of our new album.  Making more music videos with remote controlled apparatus.

 

 

GC-PR JPEG color _1Carol Young – The Greencards

1.)  1.  Paul Kelly – Spring and Fall.  Honest songwriting. Paul is in a class of his own.

2. Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones.  Sarah’s an outstanding musician and songwriter. Sonically this album is on a whole other level.

3. Mark Knopfler – Privateering. Has two of the best songs I’ve heard all year, “Seattle” and “Redbud Tree”.

2.)  Paul Kelly at The Mercy Lounge during the Americana Conference, Nashville TN, Sept 2013.

3.)  Austin band, Sons of Fathers.

4.)  Heading back to Australia to play CMC Rocks The Hunter Festival in March 2014.  It’s going to be great to take our new album home.

 

 

Brian HaasBrian Haas – Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

1.) 1. Samuel Jackson Five – Samuel Jackson Five

2. Fuck Buttons – Slow Focus

3. All Hail Bright Futures – And So I Watch You From Afar

Because I love new, unique, good, mostly instrumental rock and roll.

 2.)  My favorite live music moment was playing my new album Frames with Johnny Vidacovich at Snug Harbor in NOLA.

3.)  I was most excited to rediscover the Fuck Buttons, awesome album.

4.)  I am looking forward to Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey’s 20th Anniversary Tour !

 

 

Garrett7Garrett Anderson

1.) 1. Ben Folds Five – Live.  So glad those three got back together for “The Sound of the Life of the Mind” in 2012.  This live release was icing on the cake, especially since I didn’t make it out to see them on tour.

2.  Jack Johnson – From Here to Now to You.  Music video footage made me a little jealous I wasn’t in Hawaii making albums.  I’m a huge Zach Gill (ALO) fan and am glad those two teamed up.  Jack’s music is simple, but when I let it, it amplifies how much I love my life and the wonderful people in it.

3.  Anders Osborne – Peace.  I’ve only recently been turned onto Anders and I’m so glad I did.  His music resonates with me in a deep dark beautiful place.  He’s became a huge musical inspiration for me bridging the singer-songwriter and jamband worlds.  I’m still getting into the nitty-gritty of Peace, but a few casual listens and it sounds to me like he’s on top of his game.

2.)  Can I pick one of each? Being 2nd row Paige-side for Phish in Reading, PA for a great 2nd set (thanks Marc).  We were so close that the camera guy would intermittently block our view of Trey to get footage of guitar solos.  For me, I finally got to visit my wife’s family in Texas this year.  At my next gig back home, I sang a lyric of mine “we’ve yet to cross off visiting Texas” and got a huge smile on my face because we finally did cross it off the list.  What used to be a bittersweet lyric evolved into a reminder of a great family trip.

3.)  Snarky Puppy – I noticed some social-media buzz for their show in Baltimore so I checked them out online and was hooked.  They nurture music to get the maximum smoothness and groove out of each tune.  I wish I had the focus and chops to compose like them.  Just cool, quality, wonderfully executed stuff.

4.)  Seeing Umphreys McGee in town for my 30th birthday – you gotta get old but you don’t haveta grow up.  Also, my bassist buddy Paul has a nice home-studio and I’m excited to hunker down and work on new recordings with him.

 

 

seth walkerSeth Walker

1.)  1.  Wood Brothers – The Muse.  Creative, soulful, uncluttered music. it takes me back to the old Band recordings with a brand new/old thang slung from their hip.

2.  Tedeschi/Trucks Band – Made Up Mind.  Good songs and great tones performed by actual musicians.

3.  Justin Timberlake – 20/20.  “Pusher Love Girl” is a bad ass soul pop production.

2.)  Performing with Allen Toussaint in NYC and playing at Magnolia Festival Ampitheater to an amazing listening/dancing music loving crowd.

3.)  I discovered Rodriguez. The Sugar Man soundtrack. So damn hip and a great story!

4.)  Releasing my new album produced by Oliver Wood.

 

 

HowlingBros-ParkingLot-ByJoshuaBlackWilkinsIan Craft – Howlin’ Brothers

1.)  1.  Doc & Merle Watson – Down South

2.  John Hartford, Tony Rice and Vassar Clements – Hartford Rice & Clements

3.  Sanctified Grumblers – No Lie

2.)  Playing the banjo concert on The Shady Grove Stage at The Winnipeg Folk Festival in July.
Brother Jared Green joined me for some shuffle drum set adventures.  It was very silly and
fun.  Can’t beat that!

3.)  outta Chicago.  They feel good to my soul.

4.)  Being a troubadour.

 

 

KennyRobyKenny Roby

1.)  1.  The National – Trouble Will Find Me.  I really like the National. They strike that dark nerve in me. They let me know everything might not be alright. Like a good Cormac McCarthy novel.

2.  Charles Bradley – Victim of Love.  Like with Ted Hawkins, its hard to separate the story from the songs. But both of them are the real deal. Putting their stories out there blood, piss and all.

3.  Chance The Rapper.  I guess he really hasn’t made an official record this year? Just mix tapes. But my son turned me onto him and he is one of the better MCs out their in my opinion. Really dig his style.

Honorable Mentions: Nick Cave, Ron Sexsmith, Paul McCartney (these are all good records but I haven’t truly sunk my teeth into them yet). These guys are so good though that it is like saying “which teams will do well this year…. besides the Yankees and Red Sox. ‘

And last I have to mention Snoop Lion. That movie and record are the most strange and in some ways “Rock ‘n’ Roll” releases in 2013. You almost can’t describe how weird the whole thing is. I love it.

2.)  Someone yelling “Seth Rogan” at me in front of a 1500 people opening for Citizen Cope. Us overweight curly haired guys gotta stick together.

3.)  Charles Bradley

4.)  Recording new songs with my old pals from Six String Drag in January. I have no idea what we will call it. It doesn’t matter. For now I am just going to bring in some songs and we’ll bang them out and see what happens on the tape machine. Also I plan on playing more shows in 2014 than I did in 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keller Williams with More Than A Little, It’s Funk

DSCN1498edited Keller Williams has released a new album, recorded live over several nights and billed as Keller Williams with More Than a Little (MTAL). Sticking with his monosyllabic motif, the album is called Funk. Honest Tune had a chance to chat with Keller about this album and the band behind it. He was home in Virginia, on a rare day off, and the excitement about the new project was evident in his voice.

 

In the past, when Keller has created a band, it has consisted of players that Keller fans already knew well. Not this time. Keller picked up a band of local Virginia players who spend more time playing churches than bars. The album is called Funk, but it is full of gospel, soul, disco, and R&B elements. It consists of ten songs, six of them covers, ranging from Rick James to the Grateful Dead, from Talking Heads to Flight of the Conchords.

 

More Than a Little consists of Keller on vocals and electric guitar, EJ Shaw on bass, Gerard Johnson on keys, Toby Fairchild on drums, and vocals from Tonya Lazenby Jackson and Sugah Davis.

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When speaking about the origins of MTAL, Keller expressed a deep sense of awe. “I think it’s a natural progression, going into deeper, soulful R&B, gospel type of funk. I mean this is not your ordinary group of guys trying to play funk music. These folks have allowed me into their world, man. I think these folks feel the funk and they understand the soulful R&B formula that has been foreign to me until now. Teaching them these songs and having them teach them back to me, it’s been a real, super inspiring experience and it continues to be.”

 

The name of the band is also the name of one of the originals on the album. Keller says this name came from the feelings he got the first time he played with this group. He was more than a little happy, more than a little inspired. And of course, the group is “more than a little funky.”

 

Keller was connected with this group of musicians through Fairchild, who played drums as a part of The Added Bonus, one of Keller’s New Year’s Eve run bands from the past couple of years. While his sense of amazement came through for the entire band, it was particularly prevalent when speaking about the awesome powers of Johnson. “If you ever listen to an African-American sermon – you know with the people cheering them on and there’s organ in the background – that’s Gerard. His ears are constantly open, he’s following everything. He’s an auditory genius.”

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 Keller’s brand is built on his one-of-a-kind, one-man looping show. When he is alone, he can go anywhere on a moment’s notice. He can change songs, switch tempos, drop out and start over; there are no rules. That is a special kind of freedom. But a band brings with it many advantages as well. Keller reflected on that freedom versus those constraints that playing with a band provides:

 “Oh my god. That’s the thing with these people. I can’t say enough how they allow me to be in their world, you know? There’s a certain kind of freedom playing solo where you can go anywhere at any time and that’s not always the case with a band. Except for this band. This band is so used to following different energies, whether it be a preacher or some kind of R&B thing. In R&B, at any time, the lead singer can say ‘break it down’ and then go into some kind of story. You know, it’s like, it’s almost as free as playing solo, playing with these folks, because they’re so in tune with what I’m doing, they’ll follow me anywhere and slip right in as if we rehearsed. There’s a certain element of improv that I didn’t expect going into this project, you know, is really unbelievable.”

 

 

When asked if his band with their gospel background have started calling him Reverend, Keller deadpans, “They call me a lot of things,” but Reverend is not one of them. But that does seem to be the role that he is playing in this band. He is the man in front, leading his people through their rites while his band follows him seamlessly from place to place. Close your eyes and you can almost see Keller running back and forth on stage, wireless mic strapped on, serving as the leader of less an audience than a congregation.

 

The album opens with a cover of the Flight of the Conchords, “I Told You I Was Freaky.”  Keller admits that the band was not DSCN1499editedfamiliar with that song or anything the Flight of ther Conchords has done.  In fact, he still doesn’t think they have ever heard the original. But they certainly bring their own unique approach to the song and it brings out a funk sensibility to the song that is certainly less prevalent in the original. Keller also admits the band had never played Grateful Dead songs before; this too was new to them. But you would never know it listening to their funked-up version of “West L.A. Fade Away.”

 

One of the most underrated, but most powerful parts of Keller’s new band his the strength of singers, Tonya Lazenby and Sugah Davis.  Since this band first started, Keller says his upfront singers have been “getting some love from other bands too and that’s really exciting.” And he likes to make clear that he does not see Lazenby and Davis as background singers, rather as upfront singers.  He feels their contributions and what they add to each song makes them more than just simple back-up singers. He compares what they do to the deep, powerful harmonies he heard in later day versions of the Jerry Garcia Band by vocalists Jaclyn Branch and Gloria Jones.

 

The band moves effortlessly from Talking Heads “Once in a Lifetime,” to Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love” to Rick James’ “Mary Jane.” The latter is the only track on the album on which Keller is not singing lead, showcasing his upfront singers. These songs all come from very disparate traditions, but Keller and MTAL make them all work within one solid sound. The album closes with a mash-up entitled “Samson’s Wine,” which moves back and forth between “Wine,” by Danny Barnes and “Samson and Delilah.”  It’s a song that fits perfectly with the gospel-flavored tinge of the album. While most people associate “Samson and Delilah” with The Grateful Dead, Bob Weir initially learned the song from the Reverend Gary Davis (though Davis was not an actual Reverend he was very spiritual).

 

When asked what music he has been listening to lately Keller said he has been very excited about a band called Breastfist, that he says is, “a mix of Ween meets, super-funk, it’s like Ween, Zappa but with a real strong sense of groove and funk.”  He has been particular enamored with their song “Talk to the Fist.”  Given Keller’s always wandering musical-muse perhaps one day in the near future or even at his up-coming always raging New Year’s Eve bash you can hear Keller include the song his set and sing, “Momma’s got nothing but love/she’ll fuck you up if push comes to shove.”

 

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Keller Williams Announces “What the FUNK Tour”, New Album Release and More

DSCN1510editedKeller Williams recently announced a massive winter tour in support of his new release with his latest musical muse, a 6-piece funk band dubbed ‘More Than A Little’. The “What The FUNK Tour” takes Keller and this cast of hard-hitting funk players through major markets throughout the Midwest and West in early 2014.   Funk the new album by Keller Williams with More Than A Little will be released on November 12th.

 

The remainder of the 2013 season finds Keller performing solo and in a variety of creative collaborations. Among them, a pair of rare “Keller & His Compadres” shows on December 20-21 in Keystone, Colorado featuring solo looping sets plus pairings with Michael Travis and Michael Kang (The String Cheese Incident) on the 20th and Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman (Leftover Salmon) on the 21st. Tickets and details available at www.kellerwilliams.net.

 

Keller will curate and perform at The Rex Foundation’s Annual Benefit – this year dubbed “Nightfall of Diamonds”- at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA on December 7th. For this intimate evening of music Keller will play solo and with Tim & Nicki Bluhm, and will also perform a set with his trio Grateful Grass – featuring long time musical friends Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band) and Keith Moseley (The String Cheese Incident). All proceeds from this night celebrating the legacy of the Grateful Dead will go to The Rex Foundation.

 

On December 26, Keller Williams returns to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his highly anticipated holiday tradition – the 13th annual SPCA Holiday Benefit concert. This year, the festivity moves to downtown Fredericksburg’s intimate Old Silk Mill. Keller will perform an always-favorite solo looping set before being joined for second set – with Keller on bass – by Steve Kimock on guitar and Kimock’s son John Morgan on drums. 100% of the profits from the annual holiday concert will go to support the local branch of the SPCA.

 

To wrap up the year, Keller has announced plans for his always-raging New Year’s Eve bash. The 2013 NYE Run kicks off Friday, December 27th at Mr. Smalls Theater in Millvale, PA, then hits Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH on December 29th, and culminates at Rams Head Live! in Baltimore, MD on the 31st. The New Year’s Eve show will see 3 sets of music from favorite Keller collaborations Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams Solo, and Keller Williams with More Than A Little. Tickets and NYE Hotel Travel packages are currently on sale at www.kellerwilliams.net.

 

Fans still have time to enter the Funk pre-sale contest. Those who pre-order the album by November 11th through Keller’s online merch store will automatically be entered twice into the “Tear the Roof off the Funker” Contest – a chance to win an all expense paid trip for two to see Keller Williams with More Than A Little in New Orleans during the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.  Those who purchase Funk after its release, but before January 1, 2014, will earn one entry to the contest. For the official contest rules and other pertinent info, click here.

 

Keller Williams tour dates:

 

2013 Fall Tour
November 1 Metropolitan Morgantown VA
November 2 V-Club Huntington WV
November 3 Mountain Stage at the Culture Center Theatre Charleston WV Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys
November 7 Constellation Room Santa Ana CA
November 8 El Rey Theatre Los Angeles CA
November 9 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA
November 14 The Handlebar Greenville SC
November 15 Georgia Theatre Athens GA Keller Williams with More Than A Little
November 16 Orange Peel Asheville NC
November 20 Chateau Rive Spokane WA
November 21 Great Northern Whitefish MT
November 22 Top Hat Lounge Missoula MT
November 23 Filling Station Bozeman MT
December 5 Arcata Theatre Arcata CA
December 6 The Catalyst Santa Cruz CA with The Mother Hips
December 7 Fillmore Rex Benefit San Francisco CA Grateful Grass with Michael Kang, Keller with Nikki & Tim Bluhm
December 11 – December 15 Strings & Sol – Now Sapphire Resort Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo  Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys
December 20 – Saturday, December 21 Warren Station Center for the Arts Keystone CO “Keller Williams & His Compadres” Featuring Michael Travis and Michael Kang and Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman

 

New Year’s Run
December 26 13th Annual SPCA Benefit @ Old Silk Mill Fredricksburg, VA Keller & The  Kimocks
December 27 Mr. Smalls Theatre Millvale PA Keller Williams with More Than A Little
December 28 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland OH Keller Williams with More Than A Little
December 31 Ram’s Head Live  Baltimore MD Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams Solo, Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 4 – Monday, January 6 Jam Cruise 12 Miami FL Keller Williams & The Kimocks
January 9 Pickel Barrel Killington, VT
January 10 Tupelo Music Hall Londonberry, VT Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 11 Stage One Fairfield, CT
January 12 BB Kings New York, NY Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

 

What the FUNK 2014 Tour
January 16 Madison Theater Covington KY Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 17 Park West Chicago IL Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 18 Majestic Theatre Madison, WI Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 19 The Cabooze Minneapolis MN Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 21 The Englert Theatre Iowa City IA Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 22 DG’S Tap House Ames IA Keller Williams with More Than a Little
January 23 Canopy Club Urbana IL Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 24 The Vogue Indianapolis IN Keller Williams with More Than a Little
January 25 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH Keller Williams with More Than A Little
January 26 FED Live Harrisburg, PA Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 5 Animas City Theatre Durango, CO
February 6 Vilar Center for the Arts Beaver Creek, CO
February 7 Park City Live Park City UT
February 8 Pink Garter Theater Jackson Hole WY
February 20 Belly Up Aspen Aspen CO Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 21 The Fillmore Denver, CO Keller Williams with More Than A Little, JJ Grey and Mofro, and Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers
February 22 The Gryphon Theatre Laramie CO Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 23 Bourbon Theatre Lincoln, NE Keller Williams with More Than A Little with John Wayne & The Pain
February 24 The District Sioux Falls SD Keller Williams with More Than A Little
With John Wayne & The Pain
February 25 Abode Wichita KS Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 26 The Bottleneck Lawrence KS Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 27 Cain’s Ballroom Tulsa OK Keller Williams with More Than A Little
February 28 Granada Theater Dallas TX Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 1 Antone’s Austin TX Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 2 Sam’s Burger Joint San Antonio TX Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 4 Fitzgerald’s Houston TX Keller Williams With More Than A Little
March 5 Duling Hall Jackson MS Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 6 George’s Majestic Lounge Fayetteville AR Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 7 The Pageant St. Louis MO Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 8 Revolution Music Room Little Rock AR Keller Williams with More Than A Little
March 20 The Haunt Ithaca, NY
March 21 State Theatre State College, PA
March 22 Chunk Opera Jim Thorpe, PA

Additional dates to be confirmed. 

Keller Williams on tour

Kelller WilliamsOne-man-band Keller Williams hits the road this winter and spring performing his signature solo sets. Accompanied on stage only by a slew of instruments and musical gadgets, it always feels good to return to the roots of this mad-scientist of music.

 

In his seemingly insatiable quest for constant musical evolution, Keller will also make very special select live appearances with any one of his creative collaborations – Keller and The Keels, the critically acclaimed Keller with The Travelin’ McCourys, and his most recent six piece funk outfit More Than A Little.

 

 

Tour dates:

 

Thursday, January 24 Alabama Music Box Mobile AL

Friday, January 25 Tipitina’s Uptown New Orleans LA

Saturday, January 26 Fitzgerald’s Houston TX

Thursday, January 31 Bell’s Eccentric Cafe – Backroom Kalamazoo MI

Friday, February 1 The Vogue Indianapolis IN

Saturday, February 2 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH with Lotus

Thursday, February 7 The Englert Theatre Iowa City IA

Friday, February 8 Blue Note Columbia MO

Saturday, February 9 The Canopy Club Urbana IL

Friday, February 15 City Winery New York NY –Keller Williams Solo and Keller & The Keels

Saturday, February 16 City Winery New York NY – Keller Williams Solo and Keller Williams and More Than a Little

Thursday, February 21 The Haunt Ithaca NY

Friday, February 22 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo NY

Saturday, February 23 Mr. Small’s Theatre Pittsburgh PA

Friday, March 1 – Tuesday, March 5 Dark Star’s Jamaican Jam in the Sand Negril Jamaica

Friday, March 8 University of Wisconsin at Steven’s Point Steven’s Point WI

Thursday, March 14 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI

Friday, March 15 Paradise Rock Club Boston MA

Saturday, March 16 Higher Ground South Burlington VT

Friday, March 22 – Saturday, March 23 Suwannee Springfest Live Oak FL Keller & The Keels

Thursday, March 28 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC

Friday, March 29 Ziggy’s Winston Salem NC

Saturday, March 30 Trustees Theater Savannah GA Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

Friday, April 5 Hookah in the Hills Rome OH

Saturday, April 6 Mt. Lutsen – Papa Charlie’s Lutsen MN Keller Williams solo and Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

Thursday, April 11 WOW Hall Eugene OR

Friday, April 12 Aladdin Theatre Portland OR

Saturday, April 13 The Neptune Seattle WA

Friday, April 19 The Birchmere Alexandria VA Keller Williams Solo and Keller Williams and More Than a Little

Saturday, April 20 Theatre of the Living Arts Philadelphia PA Keller Williams solo and Keller Williams and More Than a Little

Friday, April 26 The Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA Keller Williams Solo and Keller Williams and More Than A Little

Saturday, May 11 Aiken Bluegrass Festival Aiken SC Keller Williams Solo, Keller & The Keels, and Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26 Summercamp Chillicothe IL Keller Williams and More Than a Little

Sunday, June 16 Clearwater Festival Westchester NY Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

Sunday, July 28 Rockygrass Festival Lyons, CO Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys

Additional dates to be confirmed.

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Keller Williams Releases KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano

Kelller WilliamsOne-man-band Keller Williams makes a surprising turn to the piano for his upcoming digital release KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the Rex Foundation. KEYS finds Williams’ performing ten not-so-traditional piano versions of Grateful Dead favorites. Offering up such beloved Dead tracks as “Terrapin Station” and “Althea”- and exposing Keller’s rarely seen piano-man side – KEYS is a unique treat for Grateful Dead and Keller Williams fans alike.

 

KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers to Benefit the Rex Foundation is available for digital download at iTunes beginning today, February 12, 2013. 100% of the proceeds of KEYS will go to benefit The Rex Foundation, the charitable non-profit organization started by the Grateful Dead to give grants to a variety of worthwhile causes.

http://https//itunes.apple.com/us/album/keys/id598782779

 

KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the Rex Foundation
Track Listing:
1. He’s Gone
2. Can’t Come Down
3. Terrapin Station
4. Attics Of My Life
5. Althea
6. Brokedown Palace
7. Wharf Rat
8. Bird Song
9. Row Jimmy
10. Touch of Grey

 

About The Rex Foundation
Furthering what the Grateful Dead started in 1983, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.8 million in grants to over 1,100 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. Visit http://rexfoundation.org/ for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.

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