Winthrop Roosevelt ’08 recently interviewed singer-songwriter Keller Williams; their conversation and music will be broadcast on WEOS-FM at 10:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20.
Williams has been called the guitar’s mad-scientist, a one man-band for the new millennium and dozens of other clever sobriquets dreamed up by fans and music journalists trying to get a handle on his uplifting and ever-shifting style of music.
On stage, Williams exudes a restless — yet mellow — energy. Barefoot he dances in place, alternately spinning out long solo lines and bouncing chord clusters that draw listeners and dancers into his own private world of rhythm and melody.
Looping — the process of using a delay unit that allows him to play along with himself — frees Williams to play several guitars, bass guitar, keyboards and a drum machine as well as sing different vocal lines.
Williams, who started recording in 1993, has recorded 10 albums and a DVD. He is currently featured on the just-released “Jam in the Dam,” 2-DVD concert set recorded live at the legendary Melkweg in Amsterdam. he is working on an album to be released this fall featuring sessions with the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, Victor Wooten, Charlie Hunter, Steve Kimock and the String Cheese Incident.
The interview will also be carried on live streaming on the internet at www.weos.org.