Dave Keller


Montpelier, VT

Dave Keller is one of the finest soul and blues men of his generation. His CDs have earned him national acclaim from the media (USA Today, Downbeat, Living Blues) and legendary musicians (Taj Mahal, Ronnie Earl), plus enough awards and nominations to fill a good-sized trophy case.

But to understand why Keller has such a sterling reputation, you need to witness one of his live-wire shows. There you’ll find him fifty feet out from the stage, teasing whisper-soft licks from his strat, singing off-mike to the enrapt crowd as they join him in unison, before he digs hard into his strings, and tears the roof off the proverbial sucker.

Mentored by soul and blues greats (Johnny Rawls, Ronnie Earl, Mighty Sam McClain), Keller has ‘paid his dues’ with well over 2,500 performances. These include some of the largest festivals on the East coast (North Atlantic Blues Fest, PA Blues Fest), the most respected blues and roots venues in the U.S. (B.B. Kings in Memphis, Biscuits and Blues in San Francisco), as well as top shelf industry events such as the Blues Music Awards.

Dave Keller’s devotion to his art is mirrored in the devotion of his ever-widening community of fans. “Everywhere I go, I see people who are hungry for connection. For something real. I think I give them that.”

Awards

2017 Nominee Blues Blast Music Awards
Best Soul/Blues CD of the Year, Music Magazine Awards

2017 Nominee Best Blues Album of the Year
Downbeat Magazine Reader’s Awards

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

2012 Winner of the Granite State Blues Challenge

Granite State Blues Challenge

Discography

2016 Right Back Atcha
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

Press

“All night, gut bucket, roadhouse soul that doesn’t stop just because the sun is coming up.” –Midwest Record

“Stunning.” –Michael Kinsman, Blues Revue

“His soul can send chills right through you.” — Jim Hynes, Elmore Magazine

“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

  • 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