Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Classic 2012
With these gutsy tracks, Larry Keel and his ultra progressive string band, Natural Bridge, have crafted a body of work that’s original, fresh and new to the world of Americana and Bluegrass music. 9 of the 12 compositions on
“CLASSIC” are written variously by Keel, his band mates or by close musician-song-writer friends. The overall result is a recording so full of raw spirit, grit, wit, soaring vocals and jaw-dropping musicianship that it’s easy to see why guitar icon, Tony Rice calls “Larry Keel…a force to be reckoned with!”
Keller & The Keels: Thief
Keller Williams’ latest studio release, ‘thief’, serves as a follow-up to his highly acclaimed 2006 release of anything-but-traditional bluegrass songs, ‘grass’. Teaming up once again with his good friends Larry and Jenny Keel (on guitar and bass, respectively), Keller gives the bluegrass treatment to 13 unexpected rock, pop and folk songs. From Ryan Adams and Amy Winehouse to Presidents of the United States of America and the Butthole Surfers, Keller & the Keels tread on hallowed territory. But with ‘thief’, they aren’t stealing from their musical heroes, rather paying their respects and breathing new life into old classics.
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge: Backwoods
The long-awaited second studio project from Larry Keel and his powerhouse acoustic ensemble ‘Natural Bridge’ has finally been unleashed! With these revolutionary tracks Keel and his ultra progressive string band have hand-crafted 7 original compositions of the 10 tunes on BACKWOODS that defy all ordinary expectations of what Bluegrass and Americana music has ever offered– until now. Co-produced by creative genius Keller Williams and monster mountain music master Larry Keel, BACKWOODS is a supremely energizing musical ride.
Keel Brothers, Vol. 2 2006.
Vol. 2 of the Keels Brother series continues where Vol. 1 left off, emphasizing the roots of Appalachian and Classic Country music that have inspired so many acoustic musicians, including the Keel family. Representing such significant and influential artists such as Ralph Stanley, Tom T. Hall, Bill Monroe, and Leroy Drumm, alongside beloved traditional numbers like Liberty, Remington Ride, Cripple Creek, and Kingdom Cometh, Vol. 2 preserves the mountain songs of yesterday and carries them across the natural bridge to tomorrow.
Keller and The Keels – Grass 2006
Keller and the Keels’ self released album GRASS is a delightfully bizarre collection of anything-but-traditional bluegrass songs. Like most recordings from Keller, GRASS is self indulgent and possibly offensive to those who lack a sense of humor, but Keller had a damn good time recording it. For the project Keller Williams teamed up with old buddy and award-winning flat picker Larry Keel on guitar, and Larry’s beautiful rock-solid in-the-pocket
acoustic bass playing wife, Jenny Keel. The result is an organic and airy acoustic record featuring 10 songs, originals and unexpected cover tunes, that yield to a pure love of music. GRASS makes it better.
Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Self Titled 2005.
Paying their deepest and dearest respects to the forefathers of this music who set the standard of how it should be played and sung, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge present mountain music with joy, and from the heart. Following the paths of such legends as the Stanley Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Flat and Scruggs, Reno and Smiley, and Bill Monroe, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge features Larry Keel on guitar and vocals, Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Andy Thorn on banjo and Jenny Keel on bass and vocals. Drawing from some of their absolute favorite traditional Bluegrass tunes (but not necessarily standards that have been overplayed) Larry Keel and Natural Bridge present a debut release that is as pure as mountain water and full of unabashed love for this style of music. Acoustically and tonally correct, this album stands as a testament to Keel’s intention of keeping the original spirit of Bluegrass vital and energized.
The Keel Brothers Volume 1 2005.
This studio recording captures a major aspect of Larry Keel’s formation as a master flatpicking guitarist and a preserver of Appalachian and classic American Country music. It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, and fiddle and flatpicking tunes that were always part of Keel family “jam sessions”.
Larry Keel Journey 2004
With the fifth fully self-produced album “Journey” Larry Keel delivers a 14-song adventure exploding with the imagination, boldness and refined expression that defines his New Mountain Music. The energy in these tracks is boundless, carrying the listener through a sonic odyssey interspersed with both familiar, traditional themes and some startling new territories.
Larry Keel, Curtis Burch, and The Experience 2002.
This album features the two-time Grammy award winner Curtis Burch. Curtis, who was an original member of New Grass Revival, won his Grammies for appearing on the Great Dobro Sessions and the soundtrack to the movie Oh Brother! Where Art Thou?. Larry Keel, Curtis Burch, and the Experience represents the monumental collaboration between legends from 2 generations of Bluegrass music.
Larry Keel Experience, Self Titled 2000.
Recorded with superior engineering skill by Mike Brantley (former bass player for The Del McCoury Band), this album features original acoustic music by similarly minded Blue Ridge Mountain natives Larry Keel, Will Lee, David Via and Dr. John Flower as well as earlier works penned by established pioneers of progressive bluegrass music John Hartford, Ben Eldridge, and the Dillards.
Larry Keel Experience, The Sound 1998.
This album, which features 11 out of 12 songs as original, contains two of Larry’s most renowned songs, “Pioneers” and “Jerry’s Farewell”. Once again, this album was recorded live in Larry and Jenny’s home. Both instrumental and vocal accompaniment pieces are on the album.
Larry Keel Experience, Miles and Miles 1997.
This album features some 20 guest musicians. Miles and Miles consists of both originals (Old Man Kelsey, Miles and Miles) and tasteful covers ranging from Fats Waller’s “Honeysuckle Rose” to Blind Willie Johnson’s “God Moves on Water”. This album was recorded in a two day session at Keel’s home in Natural Bridge, Virginia.
Magraw Gap, Self Titled 1996.
hailing from points up and down the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, this band pioneered the progressive string band music, influencing young pickers around the country to get fired up about bluegrass and old time music. Consisting of extremely talented players, Magraw Gap won the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. Will Lee on banjo (son of legendary guitar player Ricky Lee of Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mt Boys), Danny Knicely on mandolin (internationally recognized multi-instrumentalist), Larry Keel on guitar, and Dr. John Flower on bass.
“Beautiful Thing” DVD is a year in the life of Larry Keel and the Larry Keel Experience, as they tour all across the country in search of bigger and better crowds. Featuring Larry Keel, Jenny Keel, Mark Shimmick, Dave VanDeventer, Rex McGee, Curtis Burch, Vassar Clements and Tony Rice.