“I love me some Keels. There is a certain genuine authenticity that Larry and Jenny possess. When we get together, our wonder powers unite to form a giant, impenetrable sphere, of open minded, Appalachian psychedelic goodness in the blue grass style. I'm honored to be a part of this record and allowed into the world of the Keels.”
— Keller Williams
If flat-picking guitar on the highest level required a resumé, Larry Keel could skip the interview process altogether and get straight to work. Keel has collaborated and shared the stage with an absolute all-star cast over the course of his career. From bluegrass legends Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Bill Monroe, and John Hartford to modern rock and jam mainstays Keller Williams, Leftover Salmon, Little Feat, and String Cheese Incident, to today’s most respected up-and-comers like Billy Strings, Tyler Childers and Greensky Bluegrass, all of Keel’s influences and peers sing his praises—not just for his musicianship, but his friendship as well.
Keel has been revered by critics at JamBase, Bluegrass Today, AXS, and Rolling Stone, who dubbed him “...One of the finest flatpickers around,” and described his unparalleled live performance as, “taking songs up a notch with psychedelic hillbilly shredding."
Over the past 30 years, Keel has grown a cult-like following with his energetic performances and skilled musicianship; he has released 16 albums and is featured on 10 others, including his side project with Keller Williams, Keller and the Keels. Keller and the Keels' new album Speed debuted in November of 2019; Relix recently premiered their newest single "Medulla Oblongata".
His newest release with the Larry Keel Experience, One, follows Keel, along with his longtime bandmates bassist Jenny Keel and mandolin player Jared Pool, from the philosophical to the supernatural to the sardonic to the unapologetically romantic, all expressed with his charmingly gritty voice and masterful acoustic guitar work. Recorded in their road manager's basement, the band had a clear vision for One: to create an album without distractions and to give listeners a hard copy of exactly what they would hear at a live show. The group did just that without any isolation booths, overdubs, or studio gimmicks; the album was then mixed by Jeff Covert of Wally Cleaver Studios and mastered by legendary Grammy award-winning engineer Bill Wolf (Grateful Dead, Doc Watson, Emmylou Harris). Not only does One illustrate each member's honed talent at their respective instruments, it embodies the unique cohesion, energy, and magic that is sparked when the three combine forces.
Listen to One here: https://soundcloud.com/larry-keel/sets/one/s-s3RgC