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Good Medicine Presents: Keller Williams

Vir­gin­ian, Keller Williams, released his first album in 1994, FREEK, and has since giv­en each of his albums a sin­gle syl­la­ble title: BUZZ, SPUN, BREATHE, LOOP, LAUGH, HOME, DANCE, STAGE, GRASS, DREAM, TWELVE, LIVE, ODD, THIEF, KIDS, BASS, PICK, FUNK, VAPE, SYNC, RAW, SANS, ADD, SPEED and CELL. Each title serves as a con­cise sum­ma­tion of the con­cept guid­ing each project. Keller’s albums reflect his pur­suit to cre­ate music that sounds like noth­ing else. Un-behold­en to con­ven­tion­al­ism, he seam­less­ly cross­es genre bound­aries. The end prod­uct is music that encom­pass­es rock, jazz, funk and blue­grass, and always keeps the audi­ence on their feet. Keller built his rep­u­ta­tion ini­tial­ly on his engag­ing live per­for­mances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has per­formed solo. His stage shows are root­ed around Keller singing his com­po­si­tions and choice cov­er songs, while accom­pa­ny­ing him­self on acoustic gui­tar, bass, gui­tar syn­the­siz­er and drum sam­ples; a tech­nique called live phrase sam­pling or ​“loop­ing”. The end result often leans toward a hybrid of alter­na­tive folk and groovy elec­tron­i­ca, a genre Keller jok­ing­ly calls ​“acoustic dance music” or ADM.” Keller’s con­stant evo­lu­tion has led to numer­ous band projects as well; Keller & The Keels, Grate­ful Grass, KWahtro, Keller and the Trav­elin’ McCourys, Grate­ful Gospel and More Than A Lit­tle to name a few. Keller can be found play­ing clubs and fes­ti­vals around the U.S. with these projects through­out the year.

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