June 18, 2012

Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys: Pick

Keller and The Travelin' McCourys
photo: Casey Flanigan

Guitarist Keller Williams is a one-man band and a collaborator. The new album Pick is joint effort with bluegrass band The Travelin' McCourys. They really clicked in the stuio, tackling well-tried covers and originals showcasing Williams lyrical sense of humor, most notably during I Am Elvis and Mullet Cut. The McCourys stick close to the original when they play The Graveyard Shift, a song by Steve Earle and the Del McCoury Band from the album The Mountain.

Pick has plenty of the weirdness to satisfy the Williams fanbase and is straight enough to get a thumb's up from the hardcore bluegrass fans. It is a true collaboration, not a band backing up a solo artist. With a drinking song like What A Waste and an open mind described as the stuck top of a Broken Convertible they have found old ways and new to keep in tune with the downhome, but slightly twisted poetic imagery that is such an essential part of this kind of music.

Keller Williams: guitar
Rob McCoury: banjo
Ronnie McCoury: mandolin
Jason Carter: fiddle
Alan Bartram: bass

Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys: Pick

Pick is released on SCI Fidelity Records on July 3rd.

Tracks:
  1. Something Else
  2. American Car
  3. Messed Up Just Right
  4. Mullet Cut
  5. The Graveyard Shift
  6. I Am Elvis
  7. What A Waste
  8. Broken Convertible
  9. I'm Amazed
  10. Price Tag
  11. Sexual Harassment
  12. Bumper Sticker

Live dates:
  • 07/01 Electric Forest - Rothbury, MI
  • 07/03 Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua - Washburn, WI
  • 07/06 Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center - Deadwood, SD
  • 08/17 The River Roots Live Music Festival - Davenport, IA
  • 09/14 Jomeokee Arts and Music Festival - Pinnacle, NC
  • 12/31 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN

Video: Keller Williams with The Travelin' McCourys - Broken Convertible

» kellermccoury.com
» kellerwilliams.net
» travelinmccourys.com

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