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Twn Mtn Bluegrass Holiday

Bluegrass Holiday Benefit
Featuring  Larry Keel & Natural Bridge and Town Mountain
@ Isis Music Hall on Friday, December 20, 2013

As 2013 comes to a close, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and Town Mountain are joining forces at Isis Music Hall on Friday, December 20, 2013 for a Bluegrass Holiday Benefit. Doors are at 5pm if you are coming for dinner, the show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $20 and it is all ages. A portion of the night’s proceeds will be donated to Manna Foodbank.  For more info, please visit: www.isisasheville.com

Flatpicking Legend Larry Keel & Natural Bridge:
www.LarryKeel.com

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He’s also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it’s a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. Joining Keel to make up Natural Bridge are Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Will Lee on 5-string banjo and lead vocals, and Jenny Keel on bass and tenor vocal harmonies.

Hard Drivin’ Carolina String Band-Town Mountain:
www.townmountain.net

The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Jake Hopping on bass. The band plans on recording a new album in 2014.

Manna FoodBank:
MANNA FoodBank is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization serving Western North Carolina since 1983. As an accredited member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization, the mission of MANNA FoodBank is to involve, educate, and unite people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. MANNA serves 221 non-profit member agencies in 16 Western North Carolina counties and distributed more than 11 million pounds of food in 2012. To view MANNA’s Annual Report for 2012, or for more information, visit MANNAFoodbank.org or call 828-299-FOOD.

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Here’s a fun update from the Keels for Labor Day Weekend!

Hey Folks,

After a firestorm of energy and killer shows out west with Natural Bridge and Keller Williams we get right back in the saddle this week with some great shows back on the East Coast.

Keller and the Keels. Photo by J. R. Martin

Check out this live review in Reverb from the Mishawaka Amphitheatre in Colorado from last week’s show with Keller. In it Brendan Magee states,  “Williams opened with a quiet version of Amy Winehouse’s “Rehab” before covering Van Morrison, Ryan Adams and Tom Petty along the way. But first and second set turns with the Keels colored the night bluegrass. Fast-fingered Larry Keel hammered his way into songs with drastic precision and neck-bending techniques. Jenny Keel on vocals and upright bass anchored songs like “Get It While You Can” amidst a picking frenzy.” Also, here are some great pics from the show: http://phatphlogblog.blogspot.com/2011/08/phlog-post-keller-and-keels-at.html

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge. Photo by Vikas Nambiar

This Friday we head out for another Keller and the Keels set at the Head Jamz Festival on Friday in Adams, TN. On Saturday we head back to the great state of North Carolina and play the GETDOWN Music Festival with Natural Bridge. This Sunday, Sept 4th we trek back  to our home town of Lexington, VA to play an evening with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge at The Theater At Lime Kiln (show starts at 7:30pm). We finish the Labor Day Weekend festivities on Monday, Sept 5th in Bridgewater, VA at the Oakdale Community Park Summer Concerts (show time is 7pm).

Have a beautiful weekend and remember to think of your fellow friends and family, go out and lend a hand this week, a lot of folks could use it after this week.

Cheers,
The Keels

http://www.larrykeel.com

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A note from Larry and Jenny Keel:

Hey Folks,

Hope everyone is having a great summer. We just got back from a short fishing break and are now getting fired up to head out west with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge. This weekend we fly out and head to Hot Springs MT for the Soula Music Fest on Saturday. After that we head over to Victor ID to do a show at the Knotty Pine, and then we head down to one of our favorite places on the earth for a show on Wednesday at the Trout Hunter in Island Park ID. We finish up in Park City UT for and intimate show at Riff’s Acoustic Music.

Keller and the Keels. Photo by J.R. Martin

After that we send our fine band mates back home and head over to Ned Fest where Larry will host a Larry and Friends for an early Saturday morning set. After that we keep getting it and meet up with our great friend Keller Williams for a show on Saturday Night at Mishawaka Amphitheater for a Keller and the Keels set. The following day we finish up our tour with a Keller and the Keels show at Lake Tahoe Bluegrass and Beyond Festival.

We hope all you folks get a chance to come out to some shows and check out Larry Keel and Natural Bridge and see our style of Mountain Music laced with Hot Licks, Moonshine and Rowdy VA Bluegrass!!!
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Slow Down and Turn up the Bluegrass!!!
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Check out www.larrykeel.com for all details

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Larry Keel and Natural Bridge head back though Richmond, VA to play the Capital Ale House on Friday April 22nd, 2011.

Style Weekly did a nice preview stating, “Sporting the wildest mutton chop sideburns since Ambrose Burnside, flat picker Larry Keel plays bluegrass Americana that exhibits the kind of technical mastery of acoustic guitar only time can provide. Born in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, the veteran player and songwriter — alongside his band, Natural Bridge — has remained a much-respected fixture of the Appalachian musical tradition. With the kind of gruff vocal delivery that could take Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder by surprise…”

Listen in to a wonderful interview podcast with Larry and Jenny Keel on Eternal JamNation here: http://eternaljamnationradio.com/shows/LarryandJennyKeel.mp3


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Larry Keel, Natural Bridge and Elk River Inn/Restaurant are planning one of most unique bluegrass weekends ever offered in the Mid Atlantic states. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to attend a 3-day fishin and pickin weekend at the base of Snow Shoe Mountain In WV from April 28th- May 1st! Find out more at: http://larrykeel.com/uncategorized/fishin-and-pickin-presents-trout-tunes/

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s Banjo player, Will Lee, did a wonderful interview with Erin O’Neill from Graffiti Magazine in WV about the event. Here are some excerpts:

From a young age, Will Lee knew he wanted to be a performer. Growing up with musicians on both sides of his family, it was a natural progression for Lee to follow in their footsteps.

His father, Rickey Lee, was a well-known guitarist with the Bluegrass Tarheels, special proteges of Bill Monroe and later, lead guitarist for the Stanley Brothers. On his mom’s side, Grandpa Clark was a fine ragtime pianist whose two sons both play guitar.

Lee’s choice of instrument, the banjo, was passed down from his grandfather and namesake, William Penmon Lee, a respected clawhammer banjo player in Alabama and Mississippi.

After high school, young Will Lee began playing festivals and caught up with 19-year-old Larry Keel, a flat-picking phenom. The duo were soon joined by Danny Knicely and John Flower on mandolin and bass and Magraw Gap was born.

Now Lee is joining Keel once again to bring his two loves together — pickin’ and fishin’.


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Graffiti: Do you play primarily bluegrass or do you dabble in other genres?

Lee: Up until the time I met Larry Keel, Danny Knicely and Rex Mcgee, I was primarily a bluegrass banjo picker. And although I still hold down the bluegrass end in the band, I like doing the reggae and rock covers that we do. I like getting spacey, too.

Graffiti: What is it about “mountain music” that inspires you to keep going out and doing what you do?

Lee: It is basically the roots of many mainstream musics and I’m a third generation musician who respects where it all came from.

Graffiti: Tell me how you got hooked up with Larry Keel.

Lee: I met Larry Keel at Galax Fiddlers Convention and he was 16 and I was a couple years older – haha – I saw him in a jam session playing the fastest, hottest Tony Rice licks I’d ever heard. So I convinced him to come hang out with me and my brother and we’ve been pickin’ ever since.

Graffiti: What’s the deal with Trout and Tunes? Why combine these two things and what, specifically, will you be doing at the event?

Lee: At Trout and Tunes we are going to be hanging out doing some music workshops, having some jam sessions and fishing in some great West Virginia trout waters -both of which are two of my passions. I will be doing banjo workshops to hopefully help some folks that are just beginning and want to learn some new licks or some of my style of banjo or just to pick some tunes. And I plan on trying to catch some trout on the fly rod.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://graffitiwv.com/page/content.detail/id/501205/Lee–Have-banjo–will-travel.html?nav=5017

LKNB Photo by Vikas Nambiar

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Larry Keel. Photo by Vikas Nambiar

Flatpicking Guitarist Larry Keel’s solo shows:

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Pisgah Brewing ~ Wednesday, April 6th
9pm, all ages
828-669-0190
150 Eastside Drive
Black Mountain, NC 28711
www.pisgahbrewing.com

The Blind Tiger ~  Thursday, April 7th
9 pm
1819 Spring Garden Street
Greensboro, NC 27403
www.theblindtiger.com

High Rock Outfitters ~ Friday, April 8th
13 S.Main Street
Lexington, NC
www.highrockoutfitters.com


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. Larry 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.”

Leo Weekly states, “Larry Keel’s website sports the countrified boast “Guitar Legend & Master Fisherman.” While I’m sure his unruly beard and general country demeanor support the latter (at least on a surface level), there’s no arguing the former. Whether you catch him in a solo setting, showing off his white-lightning acoustic fingerpicking, or in more fleshed-out musical digs with his Appalachian ensemble Natural Bridge, you’re likely to be transported to a place where moonshine flows aplenty and coal mines loom in the distance. While his rusty, bar-dweller vocals are strictly backwoods beauty, pigeonholing Keel’s versatile guitar playing would be a mistake. He’s capable of dizzying displays of virtuosity and calming, sermon-like reverence.”


Internet Archives for Larry Keel live recordings

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Larry Keel, Natural Bridge and Elk River Inn/Restaurant are planning one of most unique bluegrass weekends ever offered in the Mid Atlantic states. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity- Trout and Tunes! It’s a Bass and Grass style instruction/fishing/music weekend that Keel and company have lined up for the weekend of April 28th – May 1st in Slatyfork, WV.

The musician fisherman or even the fishin music-lover will love to be involved in this intimate Fishin N Pickin Workshop and Camp weekend hosted at The Elk River Inn, geared to teach pickin musicians how to advance their ‘chops’ on their instruments, and have the chance to catch some big fish in the process. The Elk River Inn is a cross country ski touring center located at the base of Snowshoe Mt., WV that in the warm season functions as a fly fishing outfitter and mountain bike touring center with great lodging, GREAT restaurant and a bar…The perfect location for Trout & Tunes!

The Trout & Tunes event is now offering a 15% discount on the 3 day lodging package when you book a spot for you and a friend. Also, we’re now offering a camping package with a limited amount of space. The cost will be $349.00 for three nights which will include all meals, instruction, outdoor activites, event swag and evening concerts. the two night camping package will 295.00 which will start with dinner on Friday evening and include the rest of the package amenties.

There is also more information for the musician fisherman or the fishin music-lover at Keel and company’s website Fishin and Pickin.  Also, check out the great article in the Herald Dispatch about the weekend!

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