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.