Larry Keel and Natural Bridge are set to perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Mountain State Brewing Co. in Thomas, bringing high-spirited energy that appeals to young rockers, jammers, alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel's deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative songwriting, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm.
Keel is an award-winning Acoustic Americana flatpicking guitarist, well-known for his entirely unique songwriting and gravelly voice.
Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend to make up Natural Bridge are the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals; Larry's lifelong picker pal Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style five-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals; and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies.
Larry Keel and his wife Jenny, shown here, enjoy sharing their musical talents with fans throughout the region.
Larry Keel is an ever-evolving musical force that stands in ongoing defiance to all genre expectations. He will be picking with a variety of players swirling around the calendar throughout the year.
Keel makes his rounds during the festival season with stops at Spring Fest in Florida, FloydFest in Virginia, John Hartford Memorial Festival in Indiana, Bill Monroe Bluegrass and Uncle Pen Days in Indiana, Smilefest in North Carolina, Rhythm and Blooms in Tennessee, The Northwest String Summit in Oregon, New River Fest in Virginia, The Festy in Virginia, The Waterfront Music Festival in Colorado as well as lots of other shows and events.
Keller and the Keels released their second album in May 2010 and hit No. 1 on the Billboard Bluegrass charts.
If you go
What:?Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
When: 8 p.m. Feb. 18
Where: Mountain State Brewing Co., 1 Nelson Blvd., Thomas
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge also have been writing a bunch of new material that is going to be released on a new album due out this year.
Throughout his career, Larry Keel has released 13 albums and is featured on 10 others including recording with Keller Williams, Curtis Burch, MaGraw Gap and Acoustic Syndicate's Steve "Big" Daddy McMurry.
Larry Keel's latest release with Natural Bridge was 2008's Backwoods.