Keller Williams brings tunes to the V Club
For two decades, the ever-prolific Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 20 recordings tell only half the story. Launching in the early 90’s as the original one-man-band, Keller’s ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band quickly became the stuff of legend. Today, Keller’s reputation as an exciting, unpredictable continues to be as relevant as 20 years ago.
As a very early adopter of the technique called live phrase sampling or looping, Keller’s solo stage show is constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar and creating samples on the fly in front of the audience.
More recently, Keller has also become known for his multi-genre musical projects involving an always-stellar backing band – such as the bluegrass-leaning Keller and The Keels, Grateful Grass, Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, and his original funk outfit Keller Williams with More Than a Little, among others.
No matter what the configuration, Keller always reveals himself as an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination on a continuous 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.