Keller Williams’s One-man Jam Band: After a Multiyear Absence, the Legendary Loopmaster Returns to Carbondale

Keller Williams’s One-man Jam Band:  After a Multiyear Absence, the Legendary Loopmaster Returns to Carbondale
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Copper Dragon, The


Who: Keller Williams
What: one-man jam band
Where:
When: 2012-04-28
Keller Williams, a prolific performer and recording artist since the early 1990s, will perform Satur
Jennifer Mulnix

Keller Williams, a prolific performer and recording artist since the early 1990s, will perform Saturday, April 28 at the Copper Dragon. Williams is best known for his solo work, which is sometimes described as a one-man jam band, but lately he has hooked up with other musicians to create different sounds.

Williams’s most recent recording, Bass, is a tribute to the low-pitched instrument, something he has not done before. “I thought it was interesting to lead the band on bass, and it turned out to be really fun,” Williams tells Nightlife. “I’ve loved playing [the bass] in the past decade or so.”

This album is the first Williams has recorded with his live reggae-funk band Kdubalicious. Kdubalicious is not accompanying Williams on this tour, however, and he will perform solo at Copper Dragon. Fans can expect a mixture of songs from Bass, older material, and requests.

“The songs that I’ll be playing, even those on Bass, were written on a guitar,” Williams says, “and I will also be taking prerequests on Facebook and at the show, so much of what I’ll be playing is up in the air.”

Williams, however, will check the setlist from his last show in Carbondale before he performs to make sure that he does not repeat anything, even though he hasn’t performed here for a number of years. “I like to provide a fresh performance every time I play a venue,” Williams says.

Those at the show can expect the live looping for which Williams is known when playing solo. The looping makes it sound like many different musicians are playing at one time, but it is all done by Williams and created live during the concert.

“This is one of the main aspects of my solo show that people take to,” Williams says. “It is grounded in solo acoustic format, but every other song is a dance groove.”

Williams began performing his eclectic mix of reggae, blues, funk, and bluegrass in Austin, Texas. Since that time he has mainly performed and recorded solo. Lately, however, he’s spending more time with other musicians.

“After many years of focusing on the solo thing,” Williams says, “I’m enjoying taking part in groups for awhile. I appreciate the open-air sound of a trio that is just keyboard, bass and drums.”

Williams has played with a number of groups during the years, including the String Cheese Incident, Ratdog, and Yonder Mountain String Band.

Williams plans to continue touring with groups as well as on his own during the next few years. “I’m really into the human interaction of playing with others these days,” Williams says. “It creates a structured sort of show that is very different from when I play solo. I also really enjoy the freedom that I have when I play alone. If I play solo often enough I end up wanting to play with bands and vice-versa.”

Williams, in fact, is currently working on a bluegrass record with the Travelin’ McCourys that is due out in early summer. They just finished playing four shows together and plan to hit the festival circuit this summer. “They are incredible musicians,” Williams says. “I feel very honored to be working and playing with them.”

who: Keller Williams

what: one-man jam band

where: Copper Dragon Brewing Company

when: Saturday, April 28