This Thursday (February 26) will mark the release of the 15th album from flatpicker Larry Keel, titled Experienced. Keel has been performing in a variety of musical settings, including The Keels and Keller and the Keels. The current tour features his core band, The Larry Keel Experience (featuring Will Lee on 5-string banjo and vocals and Jenny Keel on upright bass and vocal harmonies). They are set to embark on an album release tour with stops throughout the North and Southeastern states, including a couple of sets at Suwannee Springfest in Live Oak, FL and more at Aiken Bluegrass Festival in South Carolina.
Experienced includes seven tracks and is an entirely original work that showcases both Larry’s and bandmate Will Lee’s exceptional songwriting, singing and jaw-dropping instrumental performances, accompanied by Keel’s equally talented wife, Jenny Keel. It was recorded at Wally Cleaver Studio in Fredericksburg, VA with engineer (and guest drummer) Jeff Covert and mastered by the award-winning industry great Bill Wolf (Willie Nelson, Tony Rice, Doc Watson) in Arlington, VA.
The guest list for this new album is star-studded indeed: Sam Bush, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Keller Williams, Jason Carter (The Del McCoury Band), Mike Guggino (Steep Canyon Rangers), and Anders Beck (Greensky Bluegrass). According to Larry, “This project is a collection of my songs and Will Lee’s music, developed further with the amazing talents of some of our musician friends and heroes. Very real. Very fresh.”
THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE ON TOUR
2/26 Fri – Shepherdstown Opera House – Shepherdstown, WV
2/27 Sat – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC
3/03 Thu – Rabbit Hole – Charlotte, NC w/ Jon Stickley Trio
3/04 Fri – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC w/ Jon Stickley Trio
3/05 Sat – Tifton Rhythm & Ribs Festival – Tifton, GA
3/18-19 Fri-Sat – Suwannee Springfest – Live Oak, FL
3/24 Thu – The Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, NC w/ The Woodshedders
3/25 Fri – Asheville Music Hall – Asheville, NC
3/30 Wed – Plain Folk Cafe – Pleasant Plain, OH
4/02 Sat – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
4/03 Sun – Elk Creek Cafe – Millheim, PA
5/07 Sat – Sleepy Creek Spring Ding on the Potomac – Berkeley Springs, WV
5/26-29 Thu-Sun – Rooster Walk – Martinsville, VA
THE KEELS WITH SPECIAL GUESTS
5/13-14 Fri-Sat – – Aiken Bluegrass Festival – Aiken, SC >
Friday Larry Keel Experience set, Sat Keller and Keels as well as Larry Keel All-star jam with Vince Herman, Mimi Naja, Paul, Anders Beck and more!
THE LARRY KEEL EXPERIENCE and RAFTING!
8/15-20 Pickin’ On the Middle Fork – Idaho River Adventures
More date TBA! Stay tuned to www.larrykeel.com.