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Published: 2013/02/12

Keller Williams to Release A Collection of Grateful Dead Songs (On Piano)

Keller Williams is an unabashed Deadhead, and his next album will honor the Grateful Dead’s rich songbook. Dubbed KEYS, the new album of Dead covers will benefit The Rex Foundation. Though primarily known for his guitar playing and looping skills, Williams plays piano throughout the album. KEYS is now available for download.
As he explains, “It’s no secret I have an unhealthy fascination with the Grateful Dead. Whenever I sit down at the piano it seems the only thing that comes out are Jerry ballads. Even though these songs are not all Jerry ballads, I have sort of made them that way. The lyrics, although I’ve been singing them most of my adult life, are not 100% perfect. Like any other music I play, I’ve taken liberties. All of the proceeds from the sale of these songs goes to support the Rex Foundation, which was started by the Grateful Dead, in the 80’s, so you can feel good about that! Gratefully yours, Keller.”

Williams will perform at New York’s City Winery on Friday.

Here’s a look at the album’s tracks

1. He’s Gone
2. Can’t Come Down
3. Terrapin Station
4. Attics Of My Life
5. Althea
6. Brokedown Palace
7. Wharf Rat
8. Bird Song
9. Row Jimmy
10. Touch of Grey


There are 4 comments associated with this post

Nice February 13, 2013, 00:19:41

Kind of tuned this guy out over the last 5 years but this is impressive! Had no idea he was this good at piano. Refreshing.

Smoklahoma February 13, 2013, 03:08:25

I’ve always loved Keller but had no idea he had righteous chops on piano. Love this version of Terrapin Station! Bout to grab this album, for sure…

Ultimatelywhogivesafuck February 13, 2013, 08:08:12

smoke a piano. youll sound just as good.jeez fuckin easily entertained people..ill write more wen i wake up

ryclef jawn February 13, 2013, 08:28:51

3 years ago at the TLA in philly we saw keller do terrapin on this big grand piano they had out for him… didnt think i could gain any more respect for this dude, but i did. Then, last year, saw him do wharf rat live on piano and again was blown away…some people just got music inside them that is bursting to get out

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