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Album Review

Keller Williams has built his reputation as a one-man band, but also as an equally prolific and eclectic recording artist. So, it's no surprise that he would want to stand his self-defined image on its ear with this long-in-the making collection of collaborations with other performers. No less than 31 other singers and musicians join him on one or more of the 16 tracks on the 73-minute CD. The biggest name, particularly for an artist known for his jam band associations, is former Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Bob Weir, who joins Williams on "Cadillac," the two exchanging acoustic guitar riffs and singing Williams' typically quirky lyrics. Then there is Béla Fleck, who adds his banjo to the progressive bluegrass of "People Watchin'." Although perhaps fashioned with the guest stars in mind, those songs are characteristic of Williams' most frequent style, as is "Sing for My Dinner," on which he's joined by the members of the String Cheese Incident, longtime friends of his. Other guests inspire different musical explorations. Jeff Covert contributes drums and lead guitar to the first track, "Play This," which sounds like a mash-up of hardcore punk rock à la Black Flag and the funk of Red Hot Chili Peppers. The funk continues with the second track, "Celebrate Your Youth," featuring the band ModeReko, which could be mistaken for a lost song by Dave Matthews Band. The appearance of Michael Franti on "Ninja of Love" inspires a sort of Japanese reggae number, and Sanjay Mishra and Samir Chatterjee take the music to India for the instrumental "Lil' Sexy Blues." Second-generation San Francisco rock guitarist Steve Kimock, with Williams on bass and John Molo on drums, gives "Twinkle" a seven-plus-minute instrumental, the feel of one of the Dead's "Space" improvisations, but Williams expects jazz guitarist John Scofield to adapt to his own style for "Got No Feather," and Scofield obliges. No matter who's accommodating whom, however, this is always Keller Williams music, with the involved guitar playing and near-novelty lyrics that implies. But for once, that music is being played by other people in addition to Williams himself.

Customer Reviews

Keller's Best Studio Work Yet!

This is a great album. Nothing too new on here if you listen to a lot of live Keller like me, but the featured artists are fantastic and the album is certainly worth the cash. Of course, if you haven't seen Keller live be sure to go to a show, seeing him play in person is the only way to really understand and appreciate the incredible talent that is K-Dub. This album just got me more excited to see Keller on tour with a full band that he is apparently putting together right now!

wow...good album!

keller has done it again, Dream is an absolute dream to listen to! all of the guest artists perform amazingly, and each song features a showcase of complete talent and mastery of the instruments being played. i have waited a long time for this one to come out, and i couldnt be happier! now i cant wait to see the WMD's in the spring! keep it up keller.. i love you man!

Well deserved studio

I just found the CD in my mailbox this morning and I've been playing through the tracks all day. If you a kw fan then this of course is a must but expect something a little different than his common. The clarity is phenominal and the studio accompanyment is a nice change of. We know that kw can play it all but it's good to see him focus more intently on the guitar, vocals, and productions. Some of the tracks (like "play this", "youth", and "ninja") have a nice new touch, so don't be expecting the same flavor - it's a little spicier than his regular. I like the booklet too. It's written by keller explaining the motivation behind most of his creations and how much fun he had making it. If you can, buy the CD from Keller's site so that you know your money goes to the artist. Good listening!


Born: Fredericksburg, VA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Keller Williams is literally a one-man jam band. His fascinating live shows feature him solo on-stage with a Gibson Echoplex Digital Pro looping unit, and he creates his backing loops in the moment, building and improvising as he goes on his custom-made ten-string guitar, and thanks to his equally as quirky, upbeat, and semi-surreal songs (which he frequently weaves into extended, half-improvised medleys) and his warm, friendly tenor singing voice, Williams is an...
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