On Thursday, April 11, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome One-Man-Band Keller Williams back to the WOW Hall.
Like the fabled washer repairman, Keller Williams is the loneliest man on stage. Accompanied only by a slew of instruments and musical gadgets, fans may be feeling nostalgic for this lone performance by their favorite mad-scientist of music. In his seemingly insatiable quest for constant musical evolution, Keller's summer and fall were packed with epic live shows performed with any number of Keller's creative collaborations - Keller and The Keels, the critically acclaimed Keller w/ The Travelin' McCourys, and his most recent six piece funk outfit More Than A Little. No matter what the configuration -- Keller Williams always delivers. Still, returning to one's roots always feels good.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams' solo live shows -- and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band -- quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer.
The stage show is constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band. Keller always reveals himself as a is an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination. He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new.
Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It's a path that has served him well.
Tickets are $19 in advance, $21 at the door. Doors open at 7:30 pm and showtime is 8:00.
Keller Williams has just released KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano, his second album to benefit the Rex Foundation. On KEYS, Keller performs 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. Clink below for more details, including the link to purchase the download.