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Keller Williams Plays Toad's Place on Oct. 11
Musicians drool over the kind of artistic freedom Keller Williams regularly enjoys. He does solo shows — not your usual solo-show fare, but rather danceable acoustic music (he calls it "ADM"), crafted together with layers of looped instruments he lays down on the spot, his agile, bro-next-door voice acting as the final layer. Some of Williams' one-word-titled albums (Freek, Buzz, Spun, Stage, Grass, etc.) highlight his skills on (or fascination with) a single instrument (Bass, for example) or genre (Pick is a bluegrass album, Kids is child-friendly music, Thief = cover songs, and so on). He's played in various ensembles in a range of genres: bluegrass with the Travelin' McCourys or the Keels; jam-band rock with the String Cheese Incident or the Rhythm Devils (featuring Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart); funk and R&B with More Than a Little (his latest project, documented on the upcoming release Funk). He does what he wants, it seems, and people keep showing up.
By Michael Hamad
October 8, 2013