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ABOUT DAVE KELLER

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Three-time Blues Music Award nominee for Best Soul Blues Album

Chosen as one of The 13 Best Blues Singers by AXS.com, November 2018

Reached #6 Living Blues Radio Chart, January 2021

Dave and Darryl Carter's song “17 Years” featured in USA Today

Selected Festival Performances:
North Atlantic Blues Festival, Pennsylvania Blues Festival, Ben & Jerry's One World One Heart Festival, Blues On The Chippewa, Reading Blues Festival, Discover Jazz Festival, Allentown Blues and BBQ Festival, Honesdale Rhythm & Roots Festival, Gloucester Blues Festival, & others.

THE CRAZE OVER DAVE

The finest soul I’ve heard since the early days.” – Billtown Blues

 

"Four stars."  Downbeat

 

All night, gut bucket, roadhouse soul” – Midwest Record 
 

​"Dave has a remarkable voice." – Jim Gaines, multiple-Grammy-winning producer (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller)

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DAVE'S STORY
 

Dave Keller has made quite a name for himself. He’s earned three Blues Music Award nominations for Best Soul Blues Album of the Year (2014, 2019, 2021). He won the International Blues Challenge’s Best Self-Produced Album Award (2012). He and his band tour constantly, performing at top festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Europe, winning fans one livewire show at a time.

Thirty years ago, in the icy mountains of Vermont, Dave Keller set forth to play the music he loved: deep Blues. Self-taught as a singer, and armed with an old Yamaha acoustic guitar, Keller learned his lessons on the bandstand. Within a few years, he had switched to electric, put together a funky trio, and was gigging throughout New England. Turns out he had a knack for making people feel good. And writing memorable songs. Before long he had a small army of loyal fans.

 

Along the way, he fell in love with Memphis Soul. Mentors appeared. Mighty Sam McClain, one of the very deepest Soul/Blues singers, befriended Keller. Legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl (Roomful of Blues) invited Keller to sing and co-write with him (2010’s Living In The Light). Robert Ward, the mystic guitarist of Dry Branch, Georgia, struck up a friendship with Keller as well. And during the past decade, Keller has performed regularly with his close friend Mississippi Soul/Blues master Johnny Rawls.

 

So many unforgettable experiences: backing up Fontella Bass of “Rescue Me” fame, recording with Al Green’s original Hi Rhythm Section, hanging out in the studio with Bobby “Blue” Bland.

Today, Keller is a more than just a torchbearer for the music he loves.  He is an award-winning recording artist, a powerful performer, and a top-notch songwriter, bringing his thrilling shows to stages around the world.

DISCOGRAPHY
 

  • 2020: You Get What You Give: Duets

  • 2020: Live At The Killer Guitar Thriller

  • 2018: Every Soul's A Star

  • 2016: Right Back Atcha

  • 2013: Soul Changes

  • 2011: Where I'm Coming From

  • 2009: Play For Love

  • 2002: Down At The Aloha

  • 1998: Faith

  • 1993: Deep Down In My Soul

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