Genre-hopping multi-instrumentalist Keller Williams will return to his hometown state for his third annual Thanksforgrassgiving celebration, a two-night tradition of bluegrass revelry held the weekend after Thanksgiving. Williams will open both nights with his signature solo looping performances, followed by a set with his all-star Thanksgiving Band, featuring Larry and Jenny Keel (The Keels), Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters), Danny Barnes, and Jay Starling (Love Canon). Thanksforgrassgiving will take place at The National in Richmond, VA on November 24th, and at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC on November 25th.
For the first time, Keller Williams will open both nights of Thanksforgrassgiving with a solo performance, featuring the dynamic and unpredictable live experience he’s built his reputation on. Performing both original songs and select covers, Williams creates samples on the fly using a special looping effect live on stage. Nothing is pre-recorded and no two shows are alike, making for a completely unique presentation of sonically infused alt-folk and groovy electronica. To get a sense of the magic in his improvisational style, check out Williams’ recent OurVinyl session HERE.
Keller Williams’ has established a cult-like following with his unmatched originality and ability to collaborate with a variety of artists. He has toured with bands such as The String Cheese Incident, Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Rhythm Devils and Umphrey’s McGee to name a few. Most recently, Williams released the debut album with his new acoustic dance project, KWhatro, called Sync. Led by Williams on guitar and vocals, KWahtro infuses reggae, folk, jazz, afrobeat and dance rhythms into new, and innovative arrangements with the help of bassist Danton Boller (Jazz Mandolin Project, Roy Hargrove), guitarist and longtime Williams’ collaborator Gibb Droll (Brandi Carlisle, Bruce Hornsby) and drummer Rodney Holmes (Carlos Santana, Steve Kimock). And as if one new album wasn’t enough, Williams also released Raw, a 10-song collection of solo acoustic material that simply showcases the artist and his instrument. These straightforward performances are not enhanced by any of his looping, and Acoustic Guitar said, “Raw may just be the perfect Keller Williams album.” Hear the stripped-down track “Ticks When Told” via Daytrotter HERE.
Fan Club tickets for Thanksforgrassgiving are available from Monday, August 28 – Friday, September 1 at www.kellerwilliams.net.
View Keller Williams Fall Tour Dates: www.kellerwilliams.net/tour