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Countdown to Keller Williams: It's tomorrow night, y'all!Posted Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at 2:49 PM
Sometimes it's just him and all his instruments and looping system, and sometimes it's a full band. No matter what, though, it's ALWAYS amazing.
Dubbed a "one-man jam band" by The Wall Street Journal and others for his innate ability to use live phrase looping with multiple instruments -- not to mention his uncannily good vocal sound effects and instrumental mimicry -- Keller Williams fills up an enormous room with his silly-but-intense stage presence and soul-pleasing sound, with or without background accompaniment. Heck, he fills up the air at an outdoor festival... seriously.
His music combines bluegrass, folks, alt-rock, reggae jams, electronica beats, jazz and even New Orleans funk -- and just about everything else the cat can drag in. But this is not music that drags. This is music you shake your rear to, tap your toes to, clap your hands to, laugh with and sing along to.
While he mostly performs solo (though he sounds as though he has a full band), Keller -- as he his referred to by his hordes of faithful, familiar fans -- has toured with and/or sung lead for such major acts as The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, Umphrey's McGee and Ratdog. Here he is doing what is probably his most popular hit, "Freaker by the Speaker," at NYC's Hard Rock Cafe.
His several different versions of bands have included Keller and the Keels, Keller Williams and the WMDs (Williams on rhythm guitar, Jeff Sipe on drums, Keith Moseley on bass, and Gibb Droll on lead guitar), and Grateful Grass, a mandolin-focused bluegrass tribute to the Grateful Dead. All of these have found much popularity among the bluegrass, folk and jamband crowds as well as on the music festival circuits over the last 15 years or so.
Now, Keller brings his tour back to Arkansas, where one of his last shows -- a solo gig at Little Rock's Rev Room -- left fans stunned, screaming and shouting for more. From his perennial favorite "Freeker By the Speaker" to his hit covers of the likes of Amy Winehouse's "Rehab" and Butthole Surfers' "Pepper," Keller keeps it interesting and keeps his fans riveted.
He performs tomorrow night, Thursday Nov. 29, at George's Majestic Lounge in Fayetteville. Tickets are $20 for the 9:30 p.m. show and are available online at www.georgesmajesticlounge.com.
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Carroll County News Managing Editor Kristal Kuykendall is a longtime music writer and live music follower in Arkansas. In addition to her full-time journalism career, as a hobby she has formerly has covered live music around the state for Citiscapes magazine in Fayetteville; the statewide Celebrate Arkansas magazine based in Rogers; The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas; Little Rock entertainment website Do501.com; LoveLiveMusic.com; KATV Channel 7's "Good Morning Arkansas"; and Nightflying, the statewide entertainment monthly; as well as her own music blog formerly located at http://mojo-management.com/kstarsmusicblog. With Kristal's Northwest Arkansas Music Blog, she now writes about live music primarily in the Eureka Springs and Carroll County regions, and includes major shows coming to nearby areas such as Fayetteville and Branson as well.
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