LEO KOTTKE & KELLER WILLIAMS - Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.  LEO KOTTKE & KELLER WILLIAMS - Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.

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Keller Williams
Today, Keller Williams announces that he wants everyone to "Shut the Folk Up and Listen" some more in 2017. Starting in January, Keller will continue his 2016 collaboration with Leo Kottke by playing 24 additional "Shut the Folk Up and Listen" tour dates across the country. For this tour Keller goes back to his roots, with just an acoustic guitar, he'll share the stage with one of his musical idols, flat picking six and twelve string guitarist Leo Kottke. This unique evening of music features solo sets by both artists and spontaneous collaborations between the two.
In Keller's words, "The 'Shut the Folk Up and Listen Tour' is an interesting night at the theater. It starts with one of my acoustic heroes, Leo Kottke.  Playing his signature 6 and 12 string Taylor guitars, he effortlessly takes the audience on a journey through his mind by way of his hilarious stories and warm acoustic perfection, just as he has for the past several decades.  I'm honored to join him for the last few songs of his set which then leads into a short intermission.  After hearing every word and note of Leo's set through my in ear monitor system, I then take the stage fully inspired..."
In addition to the twenty-four dates with Kottke, Keller Williams' four piece project called KWahtro which is currently in the midst of a Fall Tour, will tour again in January 2017 in support of Keller's newest, and soon to be announced, album over a three night run in the Pacific Northwest. And of course, anyone who has followed Keller over the years, will know that no Keller tour would be complete without a few Keller solo shows. This time around Keller is bringing his solo project to six cities in the Midwest.

As always, stay tuned for more to come on Keller's Winter Tour and his 2017 album releases!


Leo Kottke
Acoustic guitarist Leo Kottke was born in Athens, Georgia, but left town after a year and a half. Raised in 12 different states, he absorbed a variety of musical influences as a child, flirting with both violin and trombone, before abandoning Stravinsky for the guitar at age 11.

After adding a love for the country-blues of Mississippi John Hurt to the music of John Phillip Sousa and Preston Epps, Kottke joined the Navy underage, to be underwater, and eventually lost some hearing shooting at lightbulbs in the Atlantic while serving on the USS Halfbeak, a diesel submarine.

Kottke had previously entered college at the U of Missouri, dropping out after a year to hitchhike across the country to South Carolina, then to New London and into the Navy, with his twelve string. "The trip was not something I enjoyed," he has said, "I was broke and met too many interesting people."

Discharged in 1964, he settled in the Twin Cities area and became a fixture at Minneapolis' Scholar Coffeehouse, which had been home to Bob Dylan and John Koerner. He issued his 1968 recording debut LP Twelve String Blues, recorded on a Viking quarter-inch tape recorder, for the Scholar's tiny Oblivion label. (The label released one other LP by The Langston Hughes Memorial Eclectic Jazz Band.)

After sending tapes to guitarist John Fahey, Kottke was signed to Fahey's Takoma label, releasing what has come to be called the Armadillo record. Fahey and his manager Denny Bruce soon secured a production deal for Kottke with Capitol Records.

Kottke's 1971 major-label debut, "Mudlark," positioned him somewhat uneasily in the singer/songwriter vein, despite his own wishes to remain an instrumental performer. Still, despite arguments with label heads as well as with Bruce, Kottke flourished during his tenure on Capitol, as records like 1972's "Greenhouse" and 1973's live "My Feet Are Smiling" and "Ice Water" found him branching out with guest musicians and honing his guitar technique.

With 1975's Chewing Pine, Kottke reached the U.S. Top 30 for the second time; he also gained an international following thanks to his continuing tours in Europe and Australia.

His collaboration with Phish bassist Mike Gordon, "Clone," caught audiences' attention in 2002. Kottke and Gordon followed with a recording in the Bahamas called "Sixty Six Steps," produced by Leo's old friend and Prince producer David Z.

Kottke has been awarded two Grammy nominations; a Doctorate in Music Performance by the Peck School of Music at the U of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; and a Certificate of Significant Achievement in Not Playing the Trombone from the U of Texas at Brownsville with Texas Southmost College.



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