One-man-band Keller Williams makes a surprising turn to the piano for his upcoming digital release KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the Rex Foundation. KEYS finds Williams’ performing ten not-so-traditional piano versions of Grateful Dead favorites. Offering up such beloved Dead tracks as “Terrapin Station” and “Althea”- and exposing Keller’s rarely seen piano-man side – KEYS is a unique treat for Grateful Dead and Keller Williams fans alike.
KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers to Benefit the Rex Foundation is available for digital download at iTunes beginning today, February 12, 2013. 100% of the proceeds of KEYS will go to benefit The Rex Foundation, the charitable non-profit organization started by the Grateful Dead to give grants to a variety of worthwhile causes.
KEYS: A Collection of Grateful Dead Covers on Piano to Benefit the Rex Foundation
1. He’s Gone
2. Can’t Come Down
3. Terrapin Station
4. Attics Of My Life
6. Brokedown Palace
7. Wharf Rat
8. Bird Song
9. Row Jimmy
10. Touch of Grey
About Keller Williams
Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Keller Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his 18 recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer.
Today, Keller stays true to what he calls his “day job” – with a stage show that is equal parts solo acoustic and groovy dance music (by way of Keller creating samples on the fly to simulate a full band). Whether performing as a one-man-band or collaborating with one of his many side projects, Keller always reveals himself as an artist with great stylistic breadth and endless imagination, all while never taking himself too seriously.
He is a singer, songwriter and musician, always on a quest for the new. Keller Williams has never followed the prescribed path laid out by the conventional music business but rather one of his own making. It’s a path that has served him well.
Look for Keller Williams on tour this spring and summer. Visit www.kellerwilliams.net for the complete list of dates.
About The Rex Foundation
Furthering what the Grateful Dead started in 1983, the Rex Foundation endeavors to fund grassroots programs that are often under the radar of larger funding entities, yet work in bold, innovative ways to carry out essential work toward a healthy environment, promotion of the arts, protection of indigenous cultures, assisting others less fortunate, building strong communities, and educating children and adults. The Rex Foundation has distributed $8.8 million in grants to over 1,100 programs across the U.S. and internationally, while also carrying out fundraising initiatives that foster creativity and positive community connections. Visit http://rexfoundation.org/ for a complete list of grantees and information about current initiatives.