Dave Keller is an award-winning recording artist, a powerful performer, and a top-notch songwriter, bringing his thrilling shows to stages around the world. Join us for an intimate local performance in the heart of VT, celebrating his newly released album!
Sunday Sept. 17 at the Plainfield Opera House
3:30 pm Doors / 4:00 pm Concert
$20 Suggested Donation
We encourage online reservations to ensure your seat. If you need to pay with cash or check at the door, reserve your seat here with the pay at the door option. Plainfield Arts will have a limited number of tickets available when the doors open at 3:30 pm for those without advanced reservations.
During the past decade, Dave Keller has earned a reputation as a “magnificent soul singer” (Elmore Magazine), a “stellar” guitarist (AXS.com), and a “songwriting genius” (Living Blues). He has been honored three times with Blues Music Award nominations for Best Soul Blues Album. Touring throughout the U.S. and Europe, Keller has built a loyal legion of fans who are hip to his livewire shows.
On Friday, August 25, Keller is releasing his new album, It’s Time To Shine (Tastee Tone Records). And this time out, the Vermont-based musician is turning things up a few notches. “I really wanted to capture the energy of the band,” Keller explains. “In a studio, with the clock running and it being expensive, there’s always this tendency to want to play everything perfectly. It can feel sterile too. So I thought, what if we find a cool place that’s not a studio, and just play everything in one room, live, without headphones and all that other stuff?”
So last November, Keller and his bandmates headed to a remote mountain cabin, ten miles south of the Canadian border. Huck Bennert, longtime engineer for legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl, showed up with a Suburu full of recording gear. And for the better part of a week, the band holed up, hung out, shared meals, played pool, and made a different kind of record.
Keller’s voice cuts deep, right out of the gate. “When you record vocals live with the band, you don’t have time to think about it,” Keller says. “You’re just in it. And that makes all the difference.” He plays more guitar, and it’s nastier. “I really let loose, and the guys did too.”
Listen to Ira Friedman’s Moog synth, as it threatens to overtake a few of the songs, grinding and burbling like an alien monster.
Check out how Jay Gleason’s double kick pedal propels things along with extra oomph and funk. And if you wanna dance, don’t worry; groovemaster Alex Budney has created some beautiful basslines for you.
The band plays with a power and grace that come from years of hanging, traveling, and playing together. Twelve new originals with that classic Keller feel: tight and funky, with a depth of feeling that lasts long past the fadeout. You can hear echoes of his mentors (Mighty Sam McClain, Johnny Rawls, Robert Ward, Ronnie Earl), but Keller is clearly his own man.
For Keller, the album title holds a double meaning. “The title is meant for all of us. After the pandemic, with its isolation and depression, and the devastating flood that hit my hometown of Montpelier, I feel like it’s time for all of us to come out into the light and shine.”
But it also applies to Keller personally. “I was never a prodigy. I just plugged away at what I love. I’ve been blessed with great mentors, and great support from my fans. And in the past few years, I’ve felt things really come together. The band is super tight. My songs are stronger. We’ve been touring harder and further. And at every venue, people seem almost surprised at how good the band is. They don’t expect a killer Soul/Blues band to come out of Vermont. I like that. I like to surprise them. And in that same way, I think folks are gonna be surprised with this new album.”
It’s time to shine, indeed.
The album is available at www.davekeller.com and at live performances, plus select retailers. Keller and his band will be celebrating with an album release concert at the Plainfield Opera House, Plainfield, VT, Sunday September 17, 4:00 pm. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.