Keller Williams is at it again! When it comes to genres, the guy’s a chameleon, a jack-of-all-trades. His latest release, Speed, sees him back on the bluegrass side of the coin with frequent collaborators Larry and Jenny Keel in tow, and the output is strong as ever. More remarkable, it’s his 25th album release – a remarkable accomplishment that speaks to Williams’s tireless work ethic.
This is part two of three of author Tim Newby’s inside look into the writing of his latest book, Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival. Read part one here.
The first thing I’m asked about my book “Leftover Salmon: Thirty Years of Festival” is why did I devote a few years of my life to telling Leftover Salmon’s story? Before starting the project, I hadn’t met any members of the band, and had only spoken with Vince Herman and Bill Payne for an article I was writing for Honest Tune Magazine about their High Country album in October of 2014. During that conversation, Vince said something that really struck me. He said, “I started playing with Drew when I was first out of college over 30 years ago. It was pretty footloose and hippie van when we first started, and over the years there have been marriages, breakups, band changes, and all kinds of things, but at the end of the day there was always Drew and Leftover Salmon.”
Keller Williams has announced the release of a new album, Speed, due out on November 22. The record, Williams’s 25th, will be his third as Keller & The Keels, his bluegrass-flavored project with husband-and-wife duo Larry and Jenny Keel. Like the two prior releases from the act, Speed will be heavy on covers.
Speed will be a combination of originals and covers, including Fiona Apple’s “Criminal,” Kacey Musgraves’s “Slow Burn,” and Weezer’s “Island In The Sun.”
What The Night Brings – a tribute to Jeff Austin – will be held on November 4 in Denver, Colorado at the Mission Ballroom. All proceeds will go to the Jeff Austin Family fund. The event will feature performances by Austin’s former bandmates, contemporaries and collaborators.
Keller Williams has announced an extensive U.S tour, running from September through the end of the year. Dates include a multitude of openers and supporting acts, from Keller’s project with the Keels to Oteil Burbridge (Dead & co.)The tour kicks off on September 13 in Charlotte and has dates until December 28 in Atlanta.