Ever since renowned guitarist Ronnie Earl chose Dave Keller to sing on his album Living In The Light, Keller's star has been on the rise. In just a few short years, Keller has been nominated for a Blues Music Award for Best Soul/Blues Album, won the International Blues Challenge Best Self-Released CD Award, and been chosen for Downbeat's Best Recordings of the Year.
With his new CD, Every Soul's a Star, (release date: 10/19/18) on esteemed soul/blues label Catfood Records, Keller fulfills the promise of his earlier recordings.
Produced by multiple-Grammy-winning legend Jim Gaines (Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Steve Miller, Tower of Power, Luther Allison, etc.), Keller's vocals and guitar playing shine on ten new originals, plus one very cool tribute to Aretha Franklin.
Catfood flew Keller out to El Paso, TX, where he recorded with their top shelf studio band, The Rays. Of special note is guitarist Johnny McGhee, whose spot-on sweet soul licks have propelled albums by Marvin Gaye, The Five Stairsteps, Johnny Rawls, and countless top soul artists.
Catfood label head Bob Trenchard, who met Keller through their mutual friend Johnny Rawls, says, “Dave is one of the best songwriters I've ever been around.” Bringing in producer Jim Gaines proved to be a brilliant move on Trenchard's part, as Keller and Gaines hit it off immediately.
“I love Dave's vocals. Dave has a remarkable voice,” says Gaines, the man responsible for some of the most revered albums in modern music. With Gaines' guidance, Keller outdoes his previous work; his vocals are at once powerful and intimate.
released October 19, 2018
All songs by Dave Keller (Tastee Tone Publishing, BMI 2018), except “Baby, I Love You” by Ronnie Shannon (Fourteenth Hour Music, Warner-Tamerlane Publishing OBO Pronto Music, Springtime Music, BMI 1967)
Produced by Jim Gaines
Recorded by Mario Ramirez at Sonic Ranch, Tornillo, TX. Assisted by Mauro Castro
Additional Recording by Lane Gibson at Lane Gibson Recording and Mastering, Charlotte, VT
Additional Recording by Allen Kirk at The Mouse Hole Studio, Fridley, MN
Mixed by Jim Gaines at Bessie Blue Studio, Stantonville, TN
Mastered by Brad Blackwood at Euphonic Masters, Memphis, TN
Dave Keller - Vocals, Guitar (solos on tracks # 1,6,7,10,11)
The Rays are:
Bob Trenchard - Bass
Johnny McGhee – Guitar (solos on tracks # 3,8,9)
Dan Ferguson - Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, Keyboards
Richy Puga - Drums
Mike Middleton - Trumpet
Nick Flood - Tenor and Baritone Sax
Janelle Thompson and Shakara Weston - Background Vocals
Christopher Serrano - Percussion
Horn Arrangements by Rudy Torres, Mike Middleton, Nick Flood and Dave Keller
Photographs – Dave Keller by Carlos Diaz – Sunset by Dave Keller
Graphic Design - David Nichols at RBFmedia.com
Valet - Pete Boyle
Stylist - Lisa Samsom
Love and Gratitude to God, Havvah, Idalee, Katie, Mom, Todd, Gregg, Zan, and all my friends and fans. Special thanks to Bob, Norma, Jim, Pete, Mario, all the musicians, and Johnny Rawls.
Dedicated to Darryl Carter, songwriter and mentor
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