Though not mainstream or in the common vernacular among casual music listeners, Larry Keel is a living legend in the flatpicking, guitar shredding, bluegrass universe that is all encompassing, especially if you’ve lived in Colorado for a decade or so. If you are not at all familiar with Larry Keel, but consider yourself a lover of bluegrass tunes and Appalachia country vibes, then by all means get yourself to Keel’s show at The Caribou Room this Saturday, September 7th in support of his new album One and hear what greatness sounds like. The venue has a state of the art sound system bound to bring the real-deal-Keel-experience to the forefront and surround you with an authentic, superior music performance.
If you don’t trust me, then here are some things that have been said about Larry Keel’s musical talents:
Keel comes from a bluegrass-playing family, hailing from the mountain music culture only Southwest Virginia can produce, and Keel’s been a steadfast pupil of the genre since birth.
Music critics consider him one of the finest flatpicking guitarists around.
Keel is a prolific songwriter, having produced 16 albums, and was featured on 10.
He has earned the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile, Steve Martin, Tyler Childers, Tim O’Brien, Vassar Clements, Billy Strings, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Danny Barnes to name a few.
Among the younger generation of bluegrass musicians, he has played alongside jamband and rock giants Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters,Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Railroad Earth, String Cheese Incident, Fruition, Leftover Salmon, and the list goes on.
And lastly but by no means the last, when Larry Keel is not pursuing his solo music endeavors, he is channeling his unstoppable talent in a variety of musical formats including his core band, The Larry Keel Experience, featuring award-winning and highly accomplished Jared Pool on mandolin and penetrating vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her rock solid bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies.
If you are still skeptical about how good this man is at mesmerizing the crowd with his raspy voice and killer guitar shred-seshes, then head to the show for a personal, first hand experience. You can preview his tunes via Soundcloud and for tickets to his show at The Caribou Room this weekend, which is bound to be a hell of a mountain time experience, click here. They’re only $15 advance; $18 at the door. See you there!
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