Festival season, and Fishin season, are on and the Keels are making their rounds across the country. Both Larry and Jenny Keel did a couple of great inerviews that were published last week. Here are some excerpts:
Flat-picking guitar player Larry Keel lives a simple life of bluegrass and fishing for bass, trout or about anything else with fins. By Bill Lynch with the WV Gazette.Flat-picker Larry Keel is pretty much exactly how he sounds — a down-to-earth, plain-spoken country boy who just happens to be one of the best bluegrass guitarists in the country.. . . . . . . . .
Sometimes, he comes for the music. Sometimes, he comes for the fishing. Sometimes, he comes for both. Keel loves to fish almost as much as he loves to play bluegrass.
“I try to fish wherever I go,” he said. “We travel a lot, and I’m always looking for a watering hole — any place where I can cast a line.”
A few years ago, he and a couple of partners got the idea to combine sport fishing with bluegrass picking. They started a company called Fishin and Pickin.
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Finding like minds has never been too difficult for Keel. He’s always had a talent for surrounding himself with or finding people who, like him, are dedicated to making quality music — and like to fish. Aside from and sometimes alongside his band, Keel often collaborates with artists like Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna’s Jorma Kaukonen and indie folk rocker Keller Williams.
“I’ve got a band I really love,” he said. “We’ve got Mark Schimick on mandolin, and he’s just a powerhouse. Will Lee plays the five-string banjo.”
Lee is the son of bluegrass guitarist Rickey Lee, who played guitar and sang with the Stanley Brothers.
“Will and me have been playing together for about 25 years now,” Keel said.
The two met while performing during the Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax, Va. They’ve been fishing for nearly as long.
Keel’s wife, Jenny, rounds out the quartet, playing upright bass and singing harmony.
“The music is really tight,” he said. “It’s just sounding so good.”
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://wvgazette.com/Entertainment/201105041492
and here is a nice interview with Jenny Keel:
Bluegrass artist reels in wife, bandmate. Musician creates website for anglers, pickers
Larry Keel might be hard-pressed to choose between his two passions: bluegrass and fishing.
In fact, on a day set aside for interviews, Keel got a chance to go fishing and with the blessing of his wife and bandmate, Jenny, he went.
“I actually love to fish, too, but I have to hold down the fort,” she joked from their Virginia home.
Fortunately, he finds ways to combine the two – he recently launched a new project and Website called Fishin’ and Pickin’ at www.fishinandpickin.com.
The site has lots of fishing and music tips and a schedule of workshops and camps Keel and friends host on live water properties that teach fellow musicians how to improve both their picking skills and their hooking skills.
. . . . . . . . .Jenny said these days the band members prefer to be weekend warriors, although they can do three shows in a long weekend when they plan strategically.
She said they need the time at home, not just to fish, but to handle the logistics.
“We’re very self-managed and self-produced,” she said.
Larry currently is working on his next album, with 13 others already under his belt.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.dailymail.com/Entertainment/201105041626?page=2&build=cache