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Keller Williams Releases ODD August 12

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.

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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"
5. "elephorse"
6. "lost"
7. "warning"
8. "tundra"
9. "ultimate"
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.

Bernie Williams With The Les Paul Trio June 22 & 29

bernieWithout question, New York Yankees superstar Bernie Williams is one of the most popular and talented players in major league baseball, a potential hall-of-famer, and one of the most popular and well known athletes in pro sports. But ask Bernie Williams what he wanted to be when growing up, and he’ll say it was to be a professional musician. A classically trained guitarist, playing and composing music is Bernie’s first true passion with influences that include jazz, classical, pop, Brazilian, and Latin sounds.

BERNIE WILLIAMS WITH THE LES PAUL TRIO JUNE 22 & 29 Sets at 8 & 10PM

Special Opportunity to See The Acclaimed Jazz Guitarist / Yankee Legend Sub For Les Paul - who will be back soon!

JOHN COLIANNI – PIANO - LOU PALLO – GUITAR, NICKI PARROTT - BASS

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Keller Williams is Albany Bound

kellerThe weather in the North East iis warming up and so is the live music scene, as Keller Williams is set to bring his enigmatic one man show to The Egg, Albany’s world renowned musical hotspot, inside of The Hart Theatre this Friday, March 20th. Keller, who has toured as a part of a bluegrass trio (Keller & The Keels) a jamband super group (Keller Williams and the MDS), a Grateful Dead tribute band (Grateful Grass) and even led The String Cheese Incident at some of their most memorable shows is returning to what he does best. A multi-instrumental virtuoso, Williams is able to loop two, three, hell- a symphony’s worth of instruments until, if you closed your eyes, you would be sure that he was not alone at all. Rather your ears would tell you that he had been joined by dozens of other performers.

But that is the genius that is Keller Williams. With the help of longtime soundman Lou Gosain, William’s is able to release all of the accompaniment he hears in his head on the crowd of eager listeners. Rarely in the jam scene can such a dichotomy occur- one man’s vision explored by the sound of countless players. And The Egg, known for its odd egg-like shape and near perfect acoustics, will be the perfect compliment for William’s show. But don’t fret if you miss out on one of the few remaining tickets for this Friday’s show. Keller is continuing to meander through the northeast before looping back down south. Check out kellerwilliams.net for more details. See you at the show!

KELLER WILLIAMS ANNOUNCES WINTER TOUR DATES

photos by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Keller Williams hits the road this winter to tour southern U.S. states.  The one-man-band has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house—all by himself. He's been called a "solo cult-hero" and "music's mad-scientist." 

For over 100 shows a year, Williams has proven himself to be a master of improvisational performance art. In his one-man show, he pads barefoot from guitar to bass to percussion stations, using looping effects—and enough instruments to stock a strip-mall music store—to layer sound atop sound until the stage swirls with a full-blown composition.

Keller Williams' current list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

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February 18 Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge LA

February 19 The Lyric Oxford Oxford MS

February 20 Crossroads Huntsville AL

February 21 The Pageant St. Louis MO

February 22 Blue Note Columbia MO

February 24 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS

February 25 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK

February 26 Granada Theatre Dallas TX

February 27 Antone's Austin TX

February 28 New Daisy Theatre Memphis TN

March 1 Bottling Company Hattiesburg MS

March 18 Whitaker Center – Sunoco Performance Theater Harrisburg PA

March 19 TLA Philadelphia PA

March 20 Hart Theater Albany NY

March 21 Skowhegan Opera House Skowhegan ME

March 22 Port City Music Hall Portland ME

March 25 Higher Ground Burlington VT

March 26 Pearl Street Northampton MA

March 27 Paradise Boston MA

March 28 Nokia New York NY

March 29 Ithaca State Theatre Ithaca NY

April 4 Mt. Lutsen Papa Charlie's Lutsen MN

April 10 Birchmere Alexandria VA

April 17 The Wharf Orange Beach AL supporting Widespread Panic

 

Additional dates to be confirmed.

While Keller has made liberal use of technology throughout his solo career, he also knows that musicianship is ultimately a human undertaking. With a seemingly unquenchable thirst for all genres of music - bluegrass, jazz, and—who'd-a-thunk-it—hard rock – occasionally Williams puts unyielding faith in a backing band, as he did for his September 2008 release LIVE.  On LIVE, Keller taps into the world-class talent of Keith Moseley (bass – The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll (guitar – Marc Broussard, Brandi Carlile), and Jeff Sipe (drums – Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon). The musical horsepower of four friends playing together on stage proves stronger than even Keller had dreamed. Recorded at select live shows during a winter 2008 tour, and featuring seventeen tracks that span Keller's career, Live is a testament to how a band, with the right chemistry and chops, can take a song to places even the writer couldn't have imagined.

Keller Williams on Tour this Fall

Keller @ the Fox - photo by Sam Holloway- for the Grateful Web

Keller Williams has built a career on his uncanny ability to captivate a packed house-all by himself.  So why now, after fifteen-years as a solo artist, is he releasing a live album-simply titled, Live-with three other names on the cover? It turns out that since he first picked up a guitar, this troubadour has wanted to front a band. 

On Live (September 16, 2008 / SCI Fidelity Records), Keller taps into the world-class talent of Keith Moseley (bass - The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll (guitar - Marc Broussard, Brandi Carlile), and Jeff Sipe (drums - Aquarium Rescue Unit, Leftover Salmon). The musical horsepower of four friends playing together on stage proves stronger than even Keller had dreamed. Recorded at select live shows during a winter 2008 tour, and featuring seventeen tracks that span Keller's career, Live is a testament to how a band, with the right chemistry and chops, can take a song to places even the writer couldn't have imagined. 

"What a treat after so many years of being in control," Williams says. "The band has a knack for hanging a sharp left that I don't see coming." As the principal singer/songwriter, Keller may be driving this musical train, but he doesn't always know where it's headed. Williams puts unyielding faith in Moseley, Droll, and Sipe's ability to sustain the conversation. And, as with every live recording worth a damn, the audience is an integral part. On Live the crowd sizzles with energy; they know they're witnessing something special.

Catch Keller Williams featuring Keith Moseley, Gibb Droll, & Jeff Sipe on tour this fall, making stops on the West Coast for the first time ever. 

The complete list of confirmed tour dates is as follows:

October 23 The Kent Stage Kent OH KW Solo
October 24 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH KW Solo
November 05 Coach House San Juan Capistrano CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 06 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 07 El Rey Theatre LA, CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 08 Crystal Bay Casino Crystal Bay, NV with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 09 Fillmore San Francisco CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 11 Eureka Theatre Eureka CA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 12 Midtown Ballroom Bend OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 13 McDonald Theatre Eugene OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 14 Crystal Ballroom Portland OR with Moseley, Droll and Sipe
November 15 Showbox Seattle WA with Moseley, Droll and Sipe

Hank Williams Jr. to be honored at BMI Country Awards

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Hank Williams, Jr. will be honored as a BMI Icon at the U.S. performing right organization's 56th annual Country Awards, the oldest awards ceremony saluting the genre's top music makers. The black-tie, invitation-only gala recognizing the past year's most-performed BMI country songs is set for November 11 at the company's Music Row offices in Nashville.

The artists and songwriters named BMI Icons have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers." Hank Williams, Jr., who will be saluted with an all-star musical tribute that evening, joins an elite list of past honorees that includes country music legends Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Whisperin' Bill Anderson, Charlie Daniels and Loretta Lynn, along with multi-genre nobility the Bee Gees, Isaac Hayes, Ray Davies, James Brown, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Steve Winwood and more.

Hank Williams, Jr.'s career has profiled the aspirations, trials and carousals of the everyman in an unabashedly proud and instantly recognizable voice. Nicknamed "Bocephus" by his legendary father Hank Williams, the younger Williams' waggish songs and roguish persona have unified through their celebration of rebellion. A sly songwriter and robust vocalist capable of conveying startling emotion and making deceptively ordinary characters shine, he boasts a catalog that includes honky tonk classics "All My Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down," "Country Boy Can Survive," "Born to Boogie," "Dixie On My Mind," "Family Tradition," "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound" and "Texas Women." Each composition represents a candid piece of Williams himself: He wrote every song on that list alone. In addition to 10 no. 1 singles, he found mainstream success on the pop charts and through penning and performing the multiple Emmy award-winning theme to Monday Night Football; six of Williams' albums reached platinum status, while 20 were certified gold and 13 reached the no. 1 spot on the charts. Today, a diverse slew of artists spanning hard rap/rocker Kid Rock to contemporary honky tonker Gretchen Wilson embrace Williams' prolific legacy, citing him as a definitive influence.

Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Nashville Writer/Publisher VP Jody Williams, the 56th Annual Country Awards will recognize the songwriters and publishers of the top BMI country songs played on American radio and television during the previous year. BMI will also bestow prestigious honors on the Country Songwriter of the Year, Country Publisher of the Year and Most Performed Country Song of the Year, also known as the Robert J. Burton Award.

Keller Williams & Yonder Mountain String Band (6.28.08)

If you have never gone on tour with your favorite band into the southeastern corner of our fine nation, you are missing out. Patchwork skirts are replaced by sundresses. Patchouli and dope are replaced by Old Spice and cigarettes. And syncopated dancing with eyes closed is replaced by fists in the air and raucous sing-alongs.

Keller Williams & The WMD'S to Perform at The Fillmore

photos by Tim Hurley- for the Grateful Web

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. Though Keller's music has evolved since he first started playing music over twenty years ago, some things have remained constant: Keller is a prolific artist, an exceptional guitarist, and an accomplished songwriter.  Now, Keller's twelfth album release looks back at a ground-breaking and already remarkable career.  Aptly titled 12, the album features one standout song from each of his previous eleven releases.  Keller himself dubs this his album of "hitless greatest hits." Added to the mix is one new, previously un-recorded song. While the Keller Williams adventure has only just begun, 12 is a fantastic celebration of a musical milestone.  Look for 12 in stores on December 18, 2007 on SCI Fidelity Records.

In early 2008 Keller Williams and The WMD'S will hit the road for a short run of dates. The WMD'S debuted at select festival performances this past summer, including an epic and electrifying Bonnaroo show.  Since then, the band has brought the show to theatres in select markets.  The WMD'S features Williams on guitar/vocals, Keith Moseley on bass (The String Cheese Incident),  Gibb Droll on guitar (Marc Broussard), and Jeff Sipe on drums (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh). 

The current list of confirmed Keller Williams tour dates is as follows:

December 31 Tweeter Center Camden NJ w/ The Disco Biscuits

January 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 18 City Hall Nashville TN Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 19 The Pageant St. Louis MO Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 20 The Blue Note Colombia MO Keller Williams and the WMD'S

January 22 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS Keller Williams and the WMD'S

January 23 George's Majestic Fayetteville AK Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 24 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 25 House of Blues Dallas TX Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 26 La Zona Rosa Austin TX Keller Williams and The WMD'S

January 31 – February 01 Belly Up Aspen CO Keller Williams and The WMD'S

February 02 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO Keller Williams and The WMD'S

February 23 Sugarloaf Ski Resort - Carrabassett Valley ME Keller Williams and The WMD'S

March 09 Langerado Music Festival Big Cypress FL

 

Keller Williams has been refining his unique kind of performance art for almost 15 years, logging over 100 gigs annually, and he's a productive recording artist as well.  His calling card?  - a creative combination of talent and technology.  Known, of course, for his astonishing one-man show, Keller Williams surrounds himself with instruments and pedals and slides from one to the next. While his songs are rooted in Williams' warm voice and spirited acoustic guitar, Keller gives them depth and breadth via looping and delay. Keller essentially accompanies himself, looping several instruments, and filling up an entire room with lush layers of sound … just one man and a humongous imagination. 

Keller Williams, Ratdog, and The Allman Brothers = Guitar Fest!

On August 18th, 2007 at the Tweeter Center in Camden, the sounds of powerful guitar combinations took center stage. Most people who love music equate the summertime with sitting on blanket on a lawn or dancing barefoot on the lawn of an amphitheater and enjoying the fruits of their favorite bands. This is what this show represented for a lot of people. These musicians have been staples to our scene for years, and for the most part, they haven't missed a beat.

Keller Williams Releases New Album Today!

photos by Brent Fuqua- for the Grateful Web

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. Though Keller's music has evolved since he first started playing music over twenty years ago, some things have remained constant: Keller is a prolific artist, an exceptional guitarist, and an accomplished songwriter.  Now, Keller's twelfth album release looks back at a ground-breaking and already remarkable career.  Aptly titled 12 (SCI Fidelity Records), the album features one standout song from each of his previous eleven releases.  Keller himself dubs this his album of "hitless greatest hits." Added to the mix is one new, previously un-recorded song. While the Keller Williams adventure has only just begun, 12 is a fantastic celebration of a musical milestone.

To get the new year started, Keller Williams and The WMD'S are hitting the road for a short run of dates.  The WMD'S debuted at select festival performances this past summer, including an epic and electrifying Bonnaroo show.  Since then, the band has brought the show to theatres in select markets.  The WMD'S features Williams on guitar/vocals, Keith Moseley on bass (The String Cheese Incident), Gibb Droll on guitar (Marc Broussard), and Jeff Sipe on drums (Aquarium Rescue Unit, Trey Anastasio, Susan Tedeschi, Phil Lesh). 

The current list of confirmed Keller Williams tour dates is as follows:

January 17 Orange Peel Asheville NC Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 18 City Hall Nashville TN Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 19 The Pageant St. Louis MO Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 20 The Blue Note Colombia MO Keller Williams and the WMD'S
January 22 Liberty Hall Lawrence KS Keller Williams and the WMD'S
January 23 George's Majestic Fayetteville AR Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 24 Cain's Ballroom Tulsa OK Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 25 House of Blues Dallas TX Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 26 La Zona Rosa Austin TX Keller Williams and The WMD'S
January 29 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM Keller Williams and the WMD'S
January 30 Solar Room Taos NM Keller Williams and the WMD'S
January 31 – February 01 Belly Up Aspen CO Keller Williams and The WMD'S
February 02 Fillmore Auditorium Denver CO Keller Williams and The WMD'S
February 23 Sugarloaf Ski Resort - Carrabassett Valley ME Keller Williams and The WMD'S
March 09 Langerado Music Festival Big Cypress FL

More dates to be announced.

Keller Williams has been refining his unique kind of performance art for almost 15 years, logging over 100 gigs annually, and he's a productive recording artist as well.  His calling card?  - a creative combination of talent and technology.  Known, of course, for his astonishing one-man show, Keller Williams surrounds himself with instruments and pedals and slides from one to the next. While his songs are rooted in Williams' warm voice and spirited acoustic guitar, Keller gives them depth and breadth via looping and delay.  Keller essentially accompanies himself, looping several instruments, and filling up an entire room with lush layers of sound … just one man and a humongous imagination.