This was my second time seeing Keller Williams live, and once again I was blown away by his performance. For those of you who don’t know, Keller is an incredible guitar player who plays “acoustic dance music aka jazzfunkraggaelectronicagrass”. Although guitar is his primary instrument, calling him a guitar player is selling him a bit short because he also sings and plays bass, drums, keyboard, synth, and more. He is often described as a “one man jam band” because he uses live phrase looping to create the sound of a full jam band. He has all his instruments set up on stands so that he can walk up to one, record a riff onto the loop machine, and then move on to the next. It is one thing to hear, but to watch him actually build all the layers and hear them come together live is something that every music fan out there needs to see/hear for themselves! Let’s just say that it was no coincidence that I bought myself a loop pedal the same month that I saw my first Keller show.
We lucked out on this particular night, because not only was he playing a full set of his trademark one man jam band loop stuff, but he also played a second full set with a six piece funk/soul band called More Than a Little. This second set really got the dance party going into full swing. There were two afro-sporting back up singers, a bass player, keyboard player, drummer, and then Keller in the middle singing lead and playing guitar. I have never seen a show with this much funk! It was fantastic. Apparently he has only been playing with this band for a few short weeks, but you would have never guessed from their performance. They were right on point.
Since the group is so new, the only decent video of them I could find online is from a rehearsal that someone taped, but it will give you a pretty good idea of what they sound like. This song, “Bitch,” is making fun of artists that use pitch correction in the recording studio, and was one of my favorites from the show.