Keller Williams @ The House of Blues – 2.24.11

@ HoB 2.24.11 - Photo © Mary Crantford

The “always happy to see you” one-man wonder band K-Dub stopped in last night at the for a nice two-setter in the Big Easy. His ever casual stage presence was reinforced with a stripped- down stage design of two guitars, a bass, and his drum machine (last time I saw him was the total opposite – he had a full on guitar store background, complete with a checkout counter and an entire array of instruments at his disposal).  Much like the setup, Keller’s set seemed to be a throwback to his early days – chock full of Grateful Dead covers – including an Ani Difranco/tweaked “Scarlet -> Fire”, a slowed down reggae version of “Johnny B Goode” (sorry Chuck Berry fans…) and a looped out, dance party “Man Smart, Women Smarter” (sorry Robert Palmer errr, Harry Belafonte fans…). Some other covers that stood out over the evening – Patterson Hood’s “Uncle Disney”, Widespread Panic’s “Gradle”, “Tyrone” by Eryka Badu, and Deee-Light’s dance party anthem “Groove Is In The Heart” (which he also sang with The String Cheese Incident at the band’s Hulaween weekend in Hampton, Virginia not long ago).

Although covers are what helps Keller pass the time, his original stuff still holds merit in 2011. Set 2 kicked off with a big “Breathe -> My Caddilac -> Breathe” and closed with a long, looped out “Freaker By The Speaker”.  His humorous and congenial songwriting stylings shone on staples like “Kidney In A Cooler” and the rambling epic “Doobie In My Pocket”.  “Boob Job”, a song he used to do simply on percussion (now replaced by his trusty drum machine) was the night’s closer, a tradition started long ago.

Without a doubt, the man still puts on one hell of a show.  From funk to flat-picking, he is a master of his craft and can move gracefully around his instruments perhaps better than he ever has… his Hangout Festival set should be a great way to spend an hour, very much looking forward to Keller on the beach.

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