K-dub is a one man nightclub

January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

It was confirmed for me at Harlow’s last night, that Keller Williams has not changed one bit since I first saw him in college in Virginia in the 90s.

He still travels around in a van, he still sings songs about traveling in his van. He still plays these songs barefoot, with a poofy haircut and a wild eye, and he still finds joy in his music, perhaps more than anyone listening.

What has changed is the improved technology – from the early days experimenting with two BOSS loop pedals (a novel concept at the time), now the one-man show has now become a one-man-nightclub-plus-live-band that sent the crowd over a rollercoaster ride of beats, harmonies, and humor. His latest creation, Bass, doesn’t boast loops, however.

Bass

Keller Williams' latest album, Bass, produced in Fredericksburg, VA in 2011.

I see that the “van” is a bit larger now, and that he is playing bigger venues than Owen Seely’s back yard…much bigger, like the upcoming show at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

Thanks, K-dub, for being true to yourself and sharing that joy with us. I can’t wait to see you again, knowing you will be the same guy I knew at Sydney. I hope we get to play again, like we did at Owen’s house, and I think that next time you come, you would enjoy meeting my favorite bass player, Joshua Monley (a.k.a. Schwa), who is also a dub and loop fanatic.

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