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