By Michael Lello
Keller Williams is known as the one-man band extraordinaire of the jam-band world. But that doesn’t make him a one-trick pony. This spring and summer alone, he’s not only taking his acclaimed solo show on the road but also performing with two of his other myriad projects, Keller with the Travelin’ McCourys and More Than A Little.
While each situation provides a different creative outlet for Williams, the solo show – which he brings to the River Street Jazz Café on Friday, June 14 -- provides a certain level of freedom, both musically and logistically.
“Absolutely,” Williams said in a recent phone interview with Highway 81 Revisited. “It’s small- scale. We’re able to go fast and get to different places and play different time zones in a weekend. And it’s very freeing. There’s a certain kind of freedom I have as a solo act, too. There’s no real decision making, at least on stage. I can pretty much go anywhere, the freedom to go anywhere and play anything is there, and that’s a real joy. And I love playing with bands, but we’re limited to the material we know and there’s certain improvisations, but [in the solo show there’s] a lot more choices and songs to chose from.”