Keller Williams on tourby jmaloni
One-man band brings his solo show to theaters this winter
One-man-band Keller Williams hits the road this winter performing his signature solo sets. Accompanied on stage only by a slew of instruments and musical gadgets, fans may be feeling nostalgic for this lone performance by their favorite mad-scientist of music. In his seemingly insatiable quest for constant musical evolution, Keller's summer and fall were packed with epic live shows performed with any number of Keller's creative collaborations - Keller and The Keels, the critically acclaimed Keller w/ The Travelin' McCourys, and his most recent six-piece funk outfit More Than A Little. No matter what the configuration - Williams always delivers. Still, returning to one's root always feels good.
Williams performs Friday, Feb. 22, at 9 p.m. at the Tralf Music Hall 622 Main St., Buffalo.
Tickets are $20 advance and $23 day of show. All ages welcome. For more information, call 716-852-2860 or visit www.tralfmusichall.com.
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early '90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 16 recordings tell only half the story. Williams built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances - no two of which are ever alike. His solo live shows - and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band - quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer.
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, among others), or solo acoustic with simply he and his guitar, Williams always reveals himself as an artist of great stylistic breadth and infinite imagination.