CD REVIEW: Keller Williams & The Keels "Thief"

Keller Williams is an incredibly eclectic singer, songwriter, and musician. He always takes a unique approach at creating music, and this time he has partnered again with the Keels for another bluegrass style album. His first album with the Keels went over quite well, and featured a ton of original tunes. This time, Keller decided the time was right to reinvent a ton of cover songs, ranging from everything from pop to country to alternative rock. The songs chosen span several decades and the artists covered are as eclectic as Williams himself. Standout tracks on the disc include Marcy Playground's "Sex And Candy," Amy Winehouse's "Rehab," and the 90's alternative rock staple "Pepper" by Butthole Surfers. Songs by bluegrass artists Danny Barnes and Yonder Mountain String Band made the album, as well as a somewhat obscure Grateful Dead tune. Rounding out the mix are inclusions of covers by Ryan Adams, Cracker, The Raconteurs, and the Presidents Of The United States Of America. The entire album makes each song sound like a Keller Williams original, which is exactly the end result you want when making a cover album. You recognize the songs, but they sound brand new and super interesting, and Keller & the Keels prove that excellent musicianship will aways make a great album.