“This album came about after a handful of shows at festivals with myself and the Travelin’ McCoury’s. It was so much fun, I was able to talk them into doing a record together. I consider these gentlemen to be bluegrass royalty and the fact that they allowed me into their world still baffles me. I flew to Nashville and we tracked this record in about four days at the Butcher Shop, which is a small studio tucked away in an industrial neighborhood of Nashville. Leading up to this we tossed around song ideas and settled on five of my originals, three of which are debuted here (“Something Else”, “Broken Convertible”, and “Bumper Sticker”) an original of Alan Bartram’s (“Messed Up Just Right”), a cover of Steve Earle that Ronnie chose (“Graveyard Shift”), as well as John Hartford’s Sexual Harassment, which gets even Rob McCoury singing. Jason Carter chose “Waste of Good Corn Liquor” written by Murray Lewis & Bill Long, and I chose “American Car” by Mike Doughty, “I’m Amazed” by My Morning Jacket, and the pop radio hit “Price Tag”, which I learned from a XBOX dance game and was made famous by Jessie J. At times the album does stray away from traditional bluegrass, but what did you expect?” — Kw
What the Paid Professionals Say:
The Travelin’ McCourys are the latest incarnation of the most awarded band in the history of bluegrass – The Del McCoury Band. Keller Williams is known as one of the most innovative solo singer/songwriters of this generation. What happens when the two join forces? The live stage may never be the same. Brought together by equal parts mutual admiration and the desire to change the musical landscape while staying true to their roots, The Travelin’ McCourys and Keller Williams are a perfect – albeit unexpected – fit. The two have a lot in common after all: their high energy, ever-evolving live shows, their individual playing prowess and their strong and unique song writing skills. Fans are most used to seeing Keller sans a band – just him and a guitar with or without his signature live looping technique. For Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys, fans will see Keller playing his music with one of the best live bands on the touring circuit. McCoury fans, used to seeing the boys tour with Del in the lead, will now get to see them playing their songs with Keller on guitar. It’s a perfect marriage of instrumental virtuosos, memorable songwriting, infectious musical camaraderie, and undeniable energy. And with both acts known to bring epic and spontaneous live collaborations to theaters and festivals across America – Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys will take this collaborative spirit one step further, promising to bring something fresh and unexpected to the live stage.