We can’t think of a better way to end opening day at 2013 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival than with the exciting collaboration of Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys!
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances—no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows, and his ability to improvise to his quirky tunes despite the
Today, whether performing as a one-man band (a stage show constructed around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs while accompanying himself on an acoustic guitar connected to a Gibson Echoplex delay system that allows him to simulate a full band), with a backing band (of which he has many: Keller and The Keels, Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe, and most recently Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys and with his new six–piece outfit More Than a Little, among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Keller always reveals himself as a is an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination. This why he so quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer.
He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a 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.
The Travelin’ McCourys are the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. What happens when these two powerhouses join forces? The live stage may never be the same.
Brought together by equal parts mutual admiration and the desire to change the musical landscape while staying true to their roots, Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys are a perfect, albeit unexpected, fit. The two have a lot in common after all: their high energy, ever-evolving live shows, their individual playing prowess and their strong and unique song writing skills.
Fans are most used to seeing Keller sans a band – just him and a guitar with or without his signature live looping technique. At Grey Fox, we’ll see Keller playing his music with one of the best live bands on the touring circuit. McCoury fans, used to seeing the boys tour with Del in the lead, will now get to see them playing their songs with Keller on guitar. It’s a perfect marriage of instrumental virtuosos, memorable songwriting, infectious musical camaraderie, and undeniable energy. And with both acts known to bring epic and spontaneous live collaborations to theaters and festivals across America – Keller Williams and the Travelin’ McCourys will take this collaborative spirit one step further, promising to bring something fresh and unexpected to the live stage.
Don’t miss ’em Thursday, July 18, at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival on the Walsh Farm, in Oak Hill, NY. The four day award-winning festival runs July 18-21, 2013.
Keep up with Keller Williams and with the Travelin’ McCourys
Grey Fox tickets available here while they last!