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2014 Blues Music Award nominee

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Soul Changes

 

 

  


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About.com 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.

 

Legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl featured Keller’s singing and songwriting on his 2010 CD Living In The Light, which received a coveted BMA nomination for Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. Mighty Sam McClain, one of the deepest of the classic soul singers, has 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, May 2012.


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Aug 6, 2014:

Tons of gigs, lots of road time, selling more CDs that I've ever sold before...busy, busy, busy...in 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 away...at 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 (www.davekeller.bandcamp.com).  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!!! 

 

And....

 

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.  www.bluespreservationsociety.org

 

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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