Dave Keller


Montpelier, VT

Following Keller's 2014 Blues Music Award nominated CD, Soul Changes, his new album includes 11 new originals and one cool cover, recorded with his longtime band, augmented by a 3-sax horn section, backing vocalists, and even a string section on a few songs.

If the last CD was his 'divorce album', Right Back Atcha is his 'over-the-hump' album: songs about being back in love, having fun, feeling sexy, still dealing with the past but moving on. While showing the influence of his mentors (Johnny Rawls, Mighty Sam McClain, Ronnie Earl), Keller's individuality shines. Deep soul singing, fiery guitar work, meaningful songs with addictive choruses. Like a younger generation Robert Cray, Keller mixes the power of soul and blues, drawing the listener into his world, and leaving him or her richer for the experience.

Awards

2014 Nominee Blues Music Award
Best Soul Blues Album of the Year, Soul Changes

2012 Winner of the Granite State Blues Challenge

2012 Winner Int'l Blues Challenge
Best Self-Produced CD of Year

Discography

2014 Soul Changes
2011 Where I'm Coming From
2009 Living in the Light
2009 Play for Love
2001 Down at the Aloha
1998 Faith
1993 Deep Down in My Soul

Band Members

Dave Keller: guitar, vocals
Ira Friedman: keys
Brett Hoffman: drums
Gary Lotspeich: bass guitar

Press

"It's one of the best records I've ever heard." -- Ronnie Earl, legendary blues guitarist

"The Playlist -- one of 10 intriguing tracks found in the week's listening: '17 Years', Dave Keller - Recorded with vets from Hi and Stax, this Keller (co-written) tune evokes soul's '60s heyday." -- Jerry Shriver, USA TODAY

"Every song on here is a gem." -- Richie, WFOS, Chesapeake, VA

"#1 with a bullet! "17 Years" - Most requested song of the week." -- Richard Carr, CKIA, Quebec City, QC, CANADA

4 out of 5 stars -- Julien Crue, Soul Bag, Paris, FRANCE

"For lovers of soul music, this is an absolute must." -- Freddy Celis, Rootstime, BELGIUM

"Soul Changes is, hands down, my favorite record of this year. Son of a gun, you've got pure soul running through your veins. This record swoops, hollers, makes me cry, makes me smile, and simply moves me." -- Brett Fleming, WEVL, Memphis, TN

"Arguably, this backing band represents the greatest collection of soul musicians alive today. "17 Years" is tormented, tortured soul at its best. The strength of this CD will have me re-visiting past Keller albums to see what I've been missing." -- Bill Mitchell, Blues Bytes

"A superb songwriter and storyteller... Over the years I have heard them all, from the giants to the legends and Dave Keller has what it takes to join their ranks. He is, without question, the real deal, pouring it out with heart, soul and a power that emanates from the deepest regions of the heart. This is the finest soul I've heard since the early days. Give him a listen...you won't be disappointed." -- Bill Wilson, Billtown Blues

"...devastatingly powerful...Soul Changes proves again that Keller is a real deal soul man and tasteful guitarist." -- Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

"His honeyed-and-whiskeyed voice makes him sound like a man who has known hurt and found redemption... he inhabits the songs more than just sings them...Keller evokes the period when soul stood for something real, unlike the polished confections of pop." -- Steve Horowitz, PopMatters

Upcoming Dave Keller Shows

  • 10/27/17 Burlington, VT at Red Square
  • 02/16/18 Carrabassett Valley, ME at Sugarloaf
  • 03/23/18 Burlington, VT at Red Square
  • 05/26/18 Springfield, MA at Theodore’s
  • 10/06/18 Springfield, MA at Theodore’s