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Keller Williams: The One-Man Jam Band

CEO Khai Intela
Larry Keel and Keller Williams jamming on a riverboat, May 25, 2010. Keller Williams, a multi-talented American singer, songwriter, and musician, is known for his unique ability to blend various genres, including bluegrass, folk, alternative...

Keller Williams Larry Keel and Keller Williams jamming on a riverboat, May 25, 2010.

Keller Williams, a multi-talented American singer, songwriter, and musician, is known for his unique ability to blend various genres, including bluegrass, folk, alternative rock, reggae, electronica/dance, jazz, and funk. Often referred to as a "one-man jam band," Keller captivates audiences with his impressive live performances, where he skillfully utilizes live phrase looping to loop and layer multiple instruments.

Born on February 4, 1970, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Keller Williams discovered his passion for music in his early teens when he picked up the guitar. He further honed his skills while studying theater at Virginia Wesleyan College in Virginia Beach. After college, he made his way to Colorado to pursue his musical career and expand his musical repertoire.

Touring

While primarily a solo artist, Keller Williams has also collaborated and toured with renowned bands such as Yonder Mountain String Band, The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, and Ratdog. He is a regular performer at popular music festivals like Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, AllGood Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Rothbury Festival, Elysian Fields Music Festival, and Jam Cruise.

Williams is known for his audio taping policy, allowing fans to freely trade recordings of his performances. However, he prohibits the use of video or flash photography, as well as any recordings for profit.

Keller Williams Incident

One of the notable collaborations in Keller Williams' career is with The String Cheese Incident. After seeing the band perform in Colorado, Williams offered to play with them in exchange for free ski passes. This collaboration led to the release of the collaborative album "Breathe" in 1999 under the name Keller Williams Incident.

Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll, and Sipe

In addition to his solo work, Keller Williams frequently performs with a backing band called "Keller Williams with Moseley Droll and Sipe." The group, initially known as the WMDs, first gained recognition at the Bonnaroo music festival in 2007. The band consists of Williams on rhythm guitar, Jeff Sipe on drums, Keith Moseley on bass, and Gibb Droll on lead guitar.

Keller and The Keels

"Keller & The Keels" is another exciting project in Keller Williams' career, featuring collaboration with the husband and wife combo of Larry Keel and Jenny Keel. The trio released the album "Grass" in 2006, which includes a collection of original and cover songs. They have since released multiple albums together, including "Thief" in 2010 and "Speed" in 2019.

Instruments

As a self-taught musician, Keller Williams is known for his skillful use of various instruments, often connected to a Boss Loop Station RC-300 phrase looper pedal. This setup allows him to record and loop riffs played on different instruments, creating the sound of a full band during his solo performances. Some of his go-to guitars include Martin HD-28 and D-35, a Gibson Chet Atkins SST Acoustic Electric Guitar, and a Fender Precision bass.

Apart from guitars, Williams incorporates a wide range of acoustic and electric percussion instruments into his live sets, including a Roland Handsonic HDP-15 drum machine, a Korg Wavedrum, and a set of Boomwhackers percussion tubes. He also occasionally performs on piano, theremin, Korg Kaossilator, Macbook, and more.

Other Projects

In addition to his solo and collaborative works, Keller Williams hosts a radio show called Keller's Cellar. He also embarked on the "Once a Week Freek" project, where he released a new song every week, eventually compiling them into albums.

Williams has made guest appearances on various albums and projects, showcasing his versatility as a musician. Notable collaborations include Pretty Gritty's "Hellhound Blues" (2012), Julian Casellas' "The J. Case Show" (2010), and Martin Sexton's "Seeds" (2007).

Discography

Keller Williams has an extensive discography that spans over several decades. Some of his notable albums include "Freek" (1994), "Spun" (1999), "Dance" (2003), "Grass" (2006), "Odd" (2009), "Pick" (2012) with The Travelin' McCourys, and "Speed" (2019) with Larry and Jenny Keel.

For a complete list of albums, compilations, guest appearances, and videos, refer to the Official Keller Williams Website.

Keller Williams Keller Williams on February 3, 2006, at the Ridgefield Playhouse

Keller Williams continues to captivate audiences around the world with his energetic performances and genre-bending music. Through his innovative use of looping and his versatile musical abilities, he brings the experience of a full band to his solo performances. Whether you're a fan of bluegrass, folk, rock, reggae, or any other genre, Keller Williams' music is sure to resonate with you. So, grab your friends and immerse yourself in the world of Keller Williams, the one-man jam band!

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