Ever since I heard “Not for Kids Only” from David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, I knew a kids record was in my future. Way far into my future. I had almost half of the record made up long before I had kids. Once my daughter was old enough to sing along, I started spinning these demos in the car, of the kids songs I had made up. Next thing you know, she was singing along. This motivated studio sessions and the KIDS record was made and we even made a video. Sirius/XM’s channel 78 – “Kids Place Live” show spun 3 or 4 tunes from that record. One tune in particular, “Mama Tooted” was played so many times that it suffered a “Mommie veto”, meaning mommies could call in and ask to remove that song from the playlist for a week. This made me proud. This motivated a dozen or so matinee kid shows. We would simply book a night show for a Saturday night and load in at 9 am, doing two shows a day. The matinees were complete with a massive drum circle right when the doors opened, full video, a balloon drop, confetti cannons, bubble machines and exit parades. I wouldn’t have changed a thing. However, like any great party……it has to end. I have currently retired the live KIDS show but I am proud the record will live on. Celebrate your youth. — Kw
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What we paid the grown ups to say:
A true original, Keller Williams has won the hearts and imagination of a seething tide of young adults who are musically “in the know.” With his sixteenth album, Kids, Keller stakes out his next conquest- the absolute adoration of the under-10 crowd and their parents, caregivers, and relatives. With Kids, Keller creates a style of family music that’s all his own, and reaches his young audience in a way that matters. For the album, Keller takes influences of traditional bluegrass, “Chester & Lester” innovative guitar technique, Robin Williams, and Bobby McFerrin and transports them to warp level. An though Keller’s virtuosity extends through his phenomenal instrumental technique and range of vocal styles and effects, he never allows his supreme musicianship to get in the way of the pure joy of the music. Keller Williams’ high standards are preserved in his first CD for children and families, Kids.