Original, and from the soul, Larry Keel has surfed the changing tides of traditional bluegrass, country, jam rock, roots reggae, and even the currently emerging indie-alt scene always honoring the pioneers that introduced Bluegrass and Mountain Music into popular culture. Keel is an award-winning Acoustic Americana flatpicking guitarist, well known for his entirely unique song-writing, gravelly voice and lightning fast licks and his band Natural Bridge is “consistently touted as the hottest, most provocative and most entertaining bluegrass band of this decade.”
Mousike Magazine describes Keel’s music as “Steeped in the old-timey and with a gravelly voice as deep and rich as moonshine on a riverbank… Larry’s flat-picking style is as seamless as it is gymnastic and he’s a master at simulating banjo rolls, mandolin runs or even parts that you would normally hear played on a fiddle.” Larry Keel is an ever-evolving musical force that stands in ongoing defiance to all genre expectations. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers, alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Guitar Player Magazine noted, “When bluegrass guitar greats Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Beppe Gambeta sing your praises, you must be good.”
Larry Keel will be picking with a variety of players swirling around the calendar for the whole year. For this special evening at Pisgah he will be joined by wife and rock-steady bass player Jenny Keel as well as banjo pickin buddy Danny Barnes.
Widely regarded as one of the most innovative and genre-bending artists of his craft, Danny Barnes’ musical interests are both varied and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into a progressive approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition. Although he demonstrates an appreciation for the history of the bluegrass, country, and folk music from which the banjo’s reputation was born, his inventive take is what truly separates him from his contemporaries…using the banjo as his ‘weapon of choice’ to play non-traditional music like rock, fusion, and jazz with electronic percussion and loop elements.
Both the Keels and Barnes have collaborated on stage with the likes of Bela Fleck, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, newgrass stars Yonder Mountain String band, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams amongst others. When these powerhouse pickers get together, get ready to hear some chops!
Show details at a glance:
Larry Keel, Jenny Keel & Danny Barnes
Pisgah Brewing Company- Inside Taproom
Thursday, October 6, 2011
8pm doors/ 9pm show
$12 adv/ $15 dos
150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711