Keller Williams & The Keels bring laid-back Appalachian psych-grass to ‘Live From Keller’s Cellar’

By Matt Wickstrom

Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Jenny Keel, StageIt

Keller Williams reunited with musical companions Larry and Jenny Keel last night for a psych-grass fueled installment of Williams’ ongoing ‘Live From Keller’s Cellar’ streaming series. The Keel’s inclusion marked the first in-person musical guests on the live streaming series, which has aired on Monday and Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Starting the show from a partitioned corner of Williams’ massive home basement lined with guitars hanging from the walls, Keller & The Keels kicked off their 80-minute show streaming on StageIt.com with a rendition of “Two Tickets To Paradise” featuring an a capella intro before the trio picked their instruments up off the floor, cozied up to the fisheye lens broadcasting the show and jumping into the meat and potatoes of the 1977 Eddie Money epic.

The group then navigated to a more open-air section of Williams’ cellar for the remainder of the show, jumping into a covers of Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers’ breakout hit “Little Too Late,” Pink Floyd’s iconic “Another Brick In The Wall” and Kris Kristofferson’s “The Year 2003 Minus 25” prior to moving into a performance of “Medulla Oblongata” from Keller & The Keel’s 2019 effort Speed equipped with a carefree, reggae flare.

Marcy Playground’s “Sex And Candy,” one of Keller & The Keel’s most frequented covers, came next followed by the Larry Keel penned “Lizard Lady” that saw the author take the lead vocal reigns with a voice raspy enough to saw through wood. Transitioning into an extended jam, the trio then segued into “Breathe,” a cut from Williams’ 1999 collaborative album with the String Cheese Incident.

Keller & The Keels, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, Jenny Keel, StageIt

“Breathe” ended up acting as the jumping off point for a monumental jam, with the song quickly moving into a cover of Ryan Adam’s “Cold Roses” followed by the Eagles’ “Seven Bridges Road” before eventually circling back to “Breathe” to cap the jam off.

Moving into the show’s final phase, Keller & The Keels then dusted off the Butthole Surfers’ “Pepper,” a song with hints of punk rock made less on edge by the trio’s tight, easy-flowing and string-laden arrangements before adjusting into Patterson Hood’s somber “Uncle Disney.”

Following the take on what Williams’ has referred to in the past as his favorite song from the Drive-By Truckers’ frontman he and the Keels dove into an energetic and gritty cover of John Hartford’s “All Fall Down” before closing the show on “Culpepper Woodchuck,” a song written by Larry Keel for his self-titled 2000 album. Each of the final two song’s saw the cotton-mouthed Keel return to lead vocal duties while Williams joined Jenny Keel to hold down the rhythm on an electric drum machine alongside Jenny’s skinny upright bass, throwing a bass-heavy hip-hop tease in the later song for good measure and a light-hearted comedic twist longtime fans of Keller & The Keels have grown accustomed to.

Keller & The Keels on 7/29/2020 live from Keller’s Cellar

Two Tickets To Paradise [1]
Little Too Late
Another Brick In The Wall —>
The Year 2003 Minus 25
Medulla Oblongata
Sex And Candy
Lizard Lady [2]
Breathe —>
Cold Roses —>
Seven Bridges Road —>
Breathe
Pepper
Uncle Disney
All Fall Down [2][3]
Culpepper Woodchuck [2][3][4]

[1] a capella intro
[2] Larry Keel on lead vocals
[3] Keller Williams on electric drum
[4] Keller Williams thanks fans for watching

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