Check out Dave Keller's new CD

Right Back Atcha




Watch the trailer for the new CD



Release date: Sept 23, 2016


CD Release Shows:


Thu 9/29, Tupelo Music Hall, Londonderry, NH, 8:00, band, only a short drive from Boston, Maine, etc., tix at

Fri 9/30, Black-Eyed Sally's, Hartford, CT, 9pm, band,

Sat 10/1, Palmer Historical and Cultural Center, Three Rivers, MA, 7:30pm, band

Sat 10/8, Brandon Music, Brandon, VT, 7:30pm, band

Sun 10/9, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction, VT, 7pm, band, w/ special guest James Montgomery


About the new CD, Right Back Atcha:

Following Keller's 2014 Blues Music Award nominated CD, Soul Changes, his new album includes 11 new originals and one cool cover, recorded with his longtime band, augmented by a 3-sax horn section, backing vocalists, and even a string section on a few songs.

If the last CD was his 'divorce album', Right Back Atcha is his 'over-the-hump' album: songs about being back in love, having fun, feeling sexy, still dealing with the past but moving on. While showing the influence of his mentors (Johnny Rawls, Mighty Sam McClain, Ronnie Earl), Keller's individuality shines. Deep soul singing, fiery guitar work, meaningful songs with addictive choruses. Like a younger generation Robert Cray, Keller mixes the power of soul and blues, drawing the listener into his world, and leaving him or her richer for the experience.



2014 Blues Music Award nominee

Best Soul/Blues Album

Soul Changes




Band email marketing recently declared “Dave Keller's gonna be huge!”, and it's starting to seem that way. A first-class singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Keller has earned the respect of the torchbearers of blues and soul music.  Now, with a coveted 2014 Blues Music Award (BMA) Nomination for Best Soul/Blues Album of the Year (for his CD Soul Changes), he is poised to take his music even further.


Legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl featured Keller’s singing and songwriting on his 2010 CD Living In The Light, which received a BMA nomination for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. The late Mighty Sam McClain, one of the deepest of the classic soul singers, mentored Keller for years. And Mississippi soul blues master Johnny Rawls calls Keller his protégé, frequently spotlighting him as part of his touring band. 


Keller's 2012 CD, Where I'm Coming From, won the Best Self-Produced CD Award at the International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN, sponsored by The Blues Foundation.  It also reached #2 on B.B. King's Bluesville (Ch. 70), XM/Sirius Radio.

* NEWS *

Feb 23, 2016:

Thanks to our Kickstarter supporters, we went into Lane Gibson's Charlotte, VT studio in January and recorded all the material for the upcoming CD!  Featuring the core band (Brett Hoffman on drums, Gary Lotspeich on bass, and Ira Friedman on keys), the CD will feature a whole new batch of my songs, including a couple co-writes and one old school soul cover.  And to really bring out the best in each song, we 'frosted the cake' with a 3-piece sax section (Jessica Friedman, Joe Moore, and Terry Youk) and backing vocalists (Morgan Klarich and April Caspari).  We even added strings (Michael Close and Paul Reynolds) on three songs.  I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am!!  Now the songs headed off to Arnold Mischkulnig to be mixed and mastered.  Arnold is the super talented engineer who recorded, mixed and mastered my last two CDs, Soul Changes and Where I'm Coming From.  While he's working on make the songs sound as amazing as possible, I'm starting to get the artwork together.  Shooting for an early summer release.  Will keep y'all posted.... :)

Dec 29, 2015: Dave Keller's 3rd Annual New Year's Eve Extravaganza!! City Hall, Montpelier, VT, band, with 3-piece horn section and special surprise musical guests, 7:30 pm, $15/adv, $20/door, ages 17 and under FREE.  Tix at Capitol Stationers (cash) and (credit card).  Free champagne/spritzer toast and ball drop at midnight, dance contest, door prizes.  DJ Xavier Jimenez spinning 45rpm soul and funk records between band sets.  FREE DVD "Dave Keller Live!  All Night Long" with ticket purchase!  Fine attire suggested but not required.  A portion of proceeds benefit Another Way, a Montpelier community center.

Dec 3, 2015: The Kickstarter campaign was successful!!!  We did it!!!  BIG THANKS to everyone who helped out in making the next CD a reality :)  I am grateful and feeling blessed.  Thank You.

Hoping to head into the studio in early January with our new songs.  Will keep y'all posted...

If you missed the Kickstarter deadline, and would still like to contribute in exchange for the very cool prize packages, you can send a check made out to Dave Keller to P.O. Box 1001, Montpelier, VT 05601, and I will mail you the goodies when the CD is ready (estimated delivery Sept. 2016).  Search for "Dave Keller" and you will find the project page.

Sept 15, 2015:

It's been two years since the release of Soul Changes, and I'm ready to get back in the studio and record a batch of my very best originals, backed by my own band: Ira Friedman on keys, Brett Hoffman on drums, and Gary Lotspeich on bass.  To fund this project, I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Thursday Oct 22, asking my fans to contribute in exchange for very cool prizes.  There will be a Launch Party on that date at Sweet Melissa's in Montpelier, with all kinds of special treats, including music of course.  We'll have only 30 days to meet our goal, and will have a Finish Line Party at Sweet Melissa's on Sat Nov 21, to celebrate our success (I hope!).  Stay tuned as we finalize the details of our campaign...and thanks in advance for your support :)

July 15, 2015:

I will be releasing my first-ever official DVD in early fall 2015.  "Dave Keller Live!  All Night Long" was beautifully filmed by James Matthew Gallagher at my recent New Year's Eve Extravaganza.  It includes not only some great concert footage of my band and I, but also a "Behind the DVD" mini-documentary, and "vintage videos from the vault", such as footage of me with my first band (Cup O' Pizza), me performing with my daughters, and other special goodies.  For now, I am only selling it at shows.  There will be a DVD release party in the early fall, and after that it will be available at shows and at

Here is a sample song to check out:

Dec 10, 2014:

Tickets go on sale today for my 2nd Annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at Montpelier City Hall. The evening will start at 7:30 p.m. and will feature dancing to The Dave Keller Band and The Starline Rhythm Boys, plus special surprise musical guests, drinks from Three Penny Taproom, food from Mad Taco, free champagne toast, countdown and disco ball drop at midnight, portraits by Middle Gray Group, classic soul and R&B spinning between sets, dance contests, door prizes, and a ‘wall of wishes’ to raise money for local charities. Fine attire suggested but not required. All ages welcome.


Doors open at 7:30 p.m. The Starline Rhythm Boys perform from 8:00-9:30 p.m. The Dave Keller Band performs from 10:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, by credit card at, or cash at Capitol Stationers next to City Hall; $15 at the door. Free for ages 17 and under. Presented by Dave Keller, and sponsored by Montpelier Alive, Lost Nation Theater, Three Penny Taproom, Mad Taco, Middle Gray Group, and Berlin Optical Expressions. For more info please email or call 802-229-2737.


Nov 18, 2014:

Still riding high from the BMA nomination, and the summer's slew of fests and other great gigs!  Will be running my first ads in Living Blues Magazine.  Excited since I've been a subscriber since I was 20 years old!!  Very cool to feel it all coming full circle :)

If you enjoy killer Hammond organ and soulful singing, check out the new CD I produced for Brother Bob White.  83-years young, he is a Kansas City treasure -- one of the very last of the 'old school' gospel organists out there.  And this is his first-ever recording!  It features him singing 8 songs, and me singing 4 songs.  All with his amazing organ playing, backed by my guitar and the tasty drumming of KC's Larry Gann.  It even features a cameo by my daughters, singing backup on "All Night, All Day".  Their first-ever official recording!!  Sure to be a collector's item :)  Check it out HERE

Getting excited about my 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Celebration, at City Hall in lovely Montpelier, VT!  We are upping the ante this year, bringing in VT's faves, The Starline Rhythm Boys!  They will play a full show, from 8:00-9:30, and we'll play from 10-1.  More info on my schedule page.

Aug 6, 2014:

Tons of gigs, lots of road time, selling more CDs that I've ever sold before...busy, busy, the best possible way :)  Thanks to everyone who has come out to a summer show, and thanks to all the great summer concert series, fests, clubs, etc. who have invited us to play for your peeps :)  Looking forward to playing with Johnny Rawls in a couple weeks!

May 13, 2014:

Great trip to Memphis!  So good to hang with my 'blues family'.  Sang at the Blues Music Awards with my friend/inspiration, legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl.  We were joined on stage by luminaries including Kim Wilson (The Fabulous Thunderbirds), Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, Tom Hambridge (producer for Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, etc.), and Italy's Fabrizio Poggi!  Quite a thang!  Soul lunch with Johnny Rawls and Otis Clay.  Stories were a-flowing....  Jammed at the Hard Rock Cafe with Markey (Nashville's soul queen) plus Ronnie Earl.  Also joined in on stage at Hobson's Commissary in Clarksdale, MS, playing/singing with harp ace Bob Corritore, and young blues piano master Clay Swafford.  Topped the whole thing off with a trip to Red's juke, where Lucius Spiller rocked out, Josh 'Razorblade' Stewart sang sweet soul, and the elusive Robert 'Bilbo' Walker appeared and blew us all age 77, no less!  All hail the power of the blues :)


At the Blues Music Awards with Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin and Ronnie Earl, May 8, 2014.

Johnny Rawls, Otis Clay, and yours truly.  Three out of the five nominees for Best Soul/Blues CD of 2014 :)

Mar 21, 2014:

BIG NEWS: I've just signed a record deal with Red River Entertainment, including worldwide distribution through Sony RED!!  Super pumped!!  Soul Changes will be released on Red River on April 29, 2014. 


Red River is a boutique NYC label run by Bob Frank, who previously was CEO of E1 Entertainment, the largest U.S. independent record distributor from 2000-2009.  He has the connections and the vision to help get my music heard by many, many more folks than I would be able to on my own.  Come April 29, Soul Changes will be available pretty much everywhere: Amazon, iTunes, Pandora, Spotify, and brick and mortar stores all over.  Red River will also be working hard to place my songs in movies, tv, etc.  


All of this is really exciting...after years of being a one-man operation business-wise, I'm looking forward to having the help of other knowledgable, energetic music-loving folks.   Thanks to everyone who's encouragement has brought me this far :)


Early feedback: Legendary blues guitarist Ronnie Earl: "It's one of the best records I've ever heard."


Dec 16, 2013:

Soul Changes has been nominated for a Blues Music Award (BMA), for Best Soul Blues Album of 2013!!!  The BMAs are the blues/soul world's equivalent of the Grammys, and this is a HUGE honor!!  I am grateful, and humbled to be in the company of the other nominees -- Johnny Rawls, Otis Clay, Frank Bey, and Bobby Rush -- all revered soul singers.  Thank you to everyone who has helped in the making of this record :) 


I'll be heading to Memphis for the awards ceremony on May 8.  See y'all there, I hope :)


Dec 10, 2013:

Announcing: Dave Keller's First Annual NYE Extravaganza!!  I'm hosting a big ol' dance party at Montpelier City Hall, complete with food and alcohol vendors, free champagne toast at midnight, disco ball drop at midnight, on-site photographer for portraits, etc. etc.  And The Dave Keller Band playing from 9:00 til way past midnight.  Doors open at 8:30.  All ages invited.  Fine attire suggested but not required.  $10 in advance / $15 day of show / free for ages 17 and under.  Advance tix contact info TBA.


Sept 2013:

The new CD, Soul Changes, has arrived!!!  I am working like crazy to get them mailed out to all my Kickstarter supporters first.  They should go out by Sept 20.  After that they will be available at CD Release Parties, and my online store (  It looks and sounds amazing -- everything I was hoping it would be -- and marks a real step up in terms of songwriting and performance -- and dare I say it -- SOUL.  Recorded in Memphis and Brooklyn, with some of the top soul musicians of all time (The Hi Rhythm Section, Bobby Manuel, Lester Snell) and up-and-comers The Revelations, it is quite the record.  Can't wait for y'all to get to hear it!!!


August 2013:

Heading to California for my first-ever West Coast shows!!  Psyched to be playing San Francisco's premier blues club, Biscuits and Blues.  Also looking forward to shows in Sacramento (Torch Club) and San Jose (Poor House Bistro).  Should be a blast!


Had an amazing time playing at the PA Blues Fest last weekend!!  As usual, Michael Cloeren put together a group of artists steeped in tradition, but blazing the trail forward as well.  Highlights included playing with Johnny Rawls (always a total treat), having dinner with Bobby Rush and Shemekia Copeland as they traded crazy hilarious stories, and catching great shows by Sista Monica, Harrison Kennedy, Ruthie Foster, and Alexis P. Suter. 


Finally got my CD to the factory, so it can go forth and multiply.  Should have it to my Kickstarter supporters by first week of Sept.  This one is a majority original material, recorded in Memphis and Brooklyn with some of the best soul musicians on the planet: The Hi Rhythm Section, Stax aces Bobby Manuel and Lester Snell, and The Revelations.


May 2013:

Had a great New England tour with Mississippi soulman Johnny Rawls!  All successful shows, with tons of new fans, for Johnny and for DKB.  We'll be backing Johnny this summer at the huge PA Blues Fest (formerly Poconos Blues Fest), running the all-star jam, and sharing the lineup with Robert Randolph, Ruthie Foster, Bobby Rush, Ivan Neville's Dumpstafunk, and many other killer acts!


Still putting the finishing touches on the new CD.  Hope to have it ready by end of summer.


Please keep Bobby 'Blue' Bland in your thoughts and prayers, as he is very sick.  I was so honored to hang with him in Memphis.  His singing tips, his warmth, and his spirit were all amazing and beautiful.  Love to Bobby :)


March 2013:

The Memphis recording sessions were incredible!!!  I got to record at Royal Studios, hallowed ground for soul music.  Giants like Al Green, O.V. Wright, Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, and Syl Johnson all recorded hits there.  But not only that -- my producer Bob Perry assembled a 'Dream Team' to back me up: The Hi Rhythm Section (Teenie Hodges on guitar, Leroy Hodges on bass, and Charles Hodges on organ), Stax aces Bobby Manuel on guitar and Lester Snell on electric piano, and The Revelations' Gintas Janusonis on drums!!


We recorded seven of my original songs, plus a song I co-wrote for the occasion with renowned songwriter Darryl Carter.  Darryl is the genius behind such hits as "Woman's Gotta Have It" (Bobby Womack), "More Than I Can Stand" (Bobby Womack), "Blind, Crippled and Crazy (O.V. Wright), and many, many others.


I also got to hang out with legendary soul/blues singer Bobby "Blue" Bland!  He took a listen to the song Darryl and I wrote, and he loved it!!


Heading to Brooklyn during the next couple months to put finishing touches on the recording.  Should have the CD done by end of summer 2013.


And, me and my band had a great time competing in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis as well!! We performed at B.B. King's club on Beale St., and put on some of the best shows of our career.  Very proud of my guys!!


January 2013:

The Kickstarter campaign was successful!!  Thanks to everyone who contributed!!  We raised over $13,000 to fund my next CD, which we'll be recording this February in Memphis, at the legendary Royal Recording studio!!! 




My band and I won the Granite State Blues Challenge, and will be competing in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge at the end of January!!!  Hope to see some of y'all there :)


November 2012:

After a crazy busy summer, I finally have time to start planning the next CD.  This winter I'll be recording a batch of originals and a few choice covers.  Planning to launch a Kickstarter campaign, so that all my fans can be part of the experience this time.  There will be lots of cool prizes for anyone who donates.  So stay tuned!


February 2012:

HUGE NEWS: I just won the award for Best Self-Produced CD of the year at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis!!!  The IBC is an battle of the blues bands and is sponsored by The Blues Foundation.  Five record label heads chose my CD as the finest of a crop of 74 CDs, submitted by blues societies around the world.  This is a big deal in the blues world, and I am beaming and full of gratitude to everyone who has helped make this new CD such a success.


Not only did I get to accept the award on stage at the historic Orpheum Theater on Beale Street, but I performed live on Brett Fleming's Soul Stew show on WEVL-FM, and at the Rum Boogie Cafe's all-star jam, hosted by Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin and Richard "Rosie" Rosenblatt.  The award includes prize money, plus airplay on Sirius/XM Radio's Bluesville, cable TV's Music Choice, and House of Blues Radio with Elwood Blues.  I'm still on cloud nine :)


Special thanks to the Rhode Island Rhythm and Blues Preservation Society for submitting my CD.


Listen to the entire new CD HERE -- and buy it if you like it :)



Dave at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival, Bethlehem, PA, 9/17/11, photo by Laura Carbone


Ronnie Earl and Dave, Lowell Summer Music Series, Lowell, MA, 8/29/09




Photo by Rachael Rice, 2011

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