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Thursday night in Charlotte, NC at the Double Door Inn

The audience at a Larry Keel performance is not simply being entertained, instead, they are having their hearts and brains happily steamed in a boiling cauldron of blazing instrumentation and BRAND NEW original sounds. Driven jamming is linked in flawless cohesion to brilliant and multiple variations. This band is anything but ordinary! A band of kindred spirits who share a common musical vision.

MORE INFO: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event.php?id=7806

Friday night 3/19 at the New Earth Music Hall in Athens!

A two-time national flatpick champion, Keel is known for his guitar style and a low, soulful voice. Also performing: Crawford-band Efren, which released its debut, “Thunder and Moan,” late last year. The evening will be the public’s first chance to taste Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale, the first of four beers in Terrapin’s “Georgia Theatre Sessions,” a limited series of ales brewed to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Theatre.

Terrapin Beer Co. will release the first of its “Georgia Theatre Sessions” brews at a benefit concert for the theater March 19.

At 7 p.m., Terrapin’s Iron Tankard will be tapped at New Earth Music Hall. The old stock ale is named after the iron swimming pool that was housed in the Georgia Theatre when it first opened as a YMCA. BorderHop Trio and Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will play at at 9.

Iron Tankard is the first of four beers in the “Georgia Theatre Sessions” series. Each beer takes on a name from a different era in the building’s life.

READ MORE: http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/031810/mar_592140577.shtml http://onlineathens.com/stories/031110/mar_582889242.shtml

Saturday3/20  at the Pour House in Charleston, SC

Springing Ahead

The Pour House presents a two-day season-change session

by Brian Sewell

On Saturday, Larry Keel will play two sets on the main stage. A bluegrass guitar virtuoso with a fierce flatpicking style, Keel is guaranteed to entertain. With Natural Bridge, his amply capable band of pickers, Keel’s music bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and contemporary Appalachia.

The Atlanta-based duo of Jeff and Johnny Mosier work Americana stylings and folk music traditions into tasteful tunes. They’ll welcome acclaimed fiddler and mandolinist David Blackmon as well. All three are members of the ensemble Blueground Undergrass.  ~Charleston City Paper

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/springing-ahead/Content?oid=1844877

If you are in the south and wanting to hear some kickass flatpickin, a strong and steady bass, with some fiery mandolin and banjo; get your bum in gear and head out to one of these shows!

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By Chris Starrs  |  Online Athens Banner Herald |  Story updated at 12:40 pm on 10/3/2009


It's been quite a year for flatpicking legend Larry Keel, but he's quick to point out that the show is far from over in 2009. Photo by Jon C Hancock

It's been quite a year for flatpicking legend Larry Keel, but he's quick to point out that the show is far from over in 2009. Photo by Jon C Hancock

It’s been quite a year for flatpicking legend Larry Keel, but he’s quick to point out that the show is far from over in 2009.

The Virginia native, who will perform with his band Natural Bridge on Friday at the New Earth Music Hall, has spent much of the last year on the road promoting his latest album “Backwoods” (which was co-produced by Keller Williams) and has some interesting projects moving to the front burner.

“In November, we’re going to be playing the ‘Bass and Grass’ event in Perry, which is just a fantastic thing,” says Keel during a recent interview from his home in Rockbridge County, Va., in the Blue Ridge Mountains. “It’s a great family event with music and jamming and fishing at this beautiful, 150-acre private lake. ‘Bass and Grass’ combines picking workshops with fishing and just hanging out – everyone enjoys it.”

The one-day event will feature a performance alongside his brother, Gary Keel, as well as an appearance by Gove Scrivenor, whom longtime Athens music fans will remember for his spirited guitar and autoharp performances at the Last Resort in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Keel, whose melding of bluegrass and progressive acoustic music has earned him a sterling reputation in several circles, also is scheduled to spend Halloween in Pomeroy, Ohio, serving as a guitar instructor at the Fur Peace Ranch, owned and operated by legendary Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna guitarist Jorma Kaukonen.

“I’m very excited about doing the teaching thing there,” says Keel, who will appear in Athens with his wife, Jenny (bass, vocals); Mark Schimick (mandolin, vocals); and Jason Flournoy (banjo, vocals). “It’s a lot like ‘Bass and Grass.’ It’s all about helping people learn to be better pickers. I’m really psyched about that. And there’s also supposed to be a concert with me, David Bromberg and Jorma and that’s already sold out.”

In December, Keel will host the Keel Family Holiday Event in Atlanta with Tony Rice, the Traveling McCourys and the Lee Boys. And before the end of the year, Keel says he’s got a special announcement that he was unable to share in late September.

“We’ve been touring really hard from coast to coast during the spring and summer and now we’re settling down into our fall pace,” he says. “I’ve got something big lined up that I can’t really talk about at this time, but is really going to be special. … But it’s just been a fantastic year. We feel really blessed, especially considering how crazy the world is now. It’s really gratifying to see how much people love music.”

Keel says he first played in Athens “14 or 15 years ago” with his former band McCraw Gap, and he notes that while he’s played a number of venues in town, he’s going to miss not being at the Georgia Theatre, although he’s enthused about performing at New Earth.

“Athens has always been good to me,” he says. “We always have a good time there.”

When asked if he ever considered putting down his acoustic guitar to play some six-string electrified lightning, Keel – who points out that his band no longer plays in front a microphone in favor of plugging in – says, “I know some fantastic drummers, but at this point in my career, I prefer the instrumental lineup we have. To me, the mandolin is the drums and the banjo is the organ. But there may be room for that in the future.”

If you go…

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge

When: 9 p.m. Friday
Where: New Earth Music Hall, 277 W. Dougherty St.
Cost: $8 in advance, $12 at the door
Call: (706) 543-8283
Online: www.newearthmusichall.com, www.larrykeel.com

Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, October 04, 2009

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