Thief debuted this week at #28 on Billboard’s Heatseeker Albums chart, and #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums chart. Meanwhile, Thief’s much buzzed-about videos are getting love at sites like Hype MachineYouTube (the Keller Williams channel was just recently launched), and press reviews are hailing the album:
“impressive…. a great effort that’s bound to bring in a few more fans.” – Blurt
“One helluva good time. One helluva good record.” My Old Kentucky Blog
Recorded with the Keels—husband and wife duo Larry and Jenny KeelThief includes songs originally written and recorded by as wildly diverse an assemblage as anyone’s ever likely to dream up. Thief offers up Keller-versions of songs by an [almost] unthinkable collection of artists: fromAmy Winehouse (“Rehab”) to the Grateful Dead (“Mountains of the Moon”), theButthole Surfers (“Pepper”) to Kris Kristofferson (“Don’t Cuss That Fiddle,” which opens the album, and “The Year 2003 Minus 25,” which closes the album). The set is filled out with tunes by Ryan AdamsPresidents of the United States of AmericaRaconteursPatterson HoodDanny BarnesCrackerYonder Mountain String BandMarcy Playground. All over the place, indeed, but that’s the way Williams likes it. And in his hands it all makes sense—like everything he’s ever touched, whether from his own pen or someone else’s, it all becomes Keller Williams’ music.
Next up for Keller, listen to him live from the Telluride Bluegrass festival, streaming onkoto.org at 1:00 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 17. Catch Keller on tour throughout the summer, including a run in The Rhythm Devils with Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, and festival appearances at Mile High Music Festival, All Good, Gathering of the Vibes, and many others.
for Keller’s complete summer tour schedule and additional information.