Keller Williams (center) will play with his funk band More Than a Little for the second set of his show in Ames on Wednesday.
Get More Than a Little with Keller Williams show
Published on January 21st, 2014 | by Joe Lawler
If you go to see Keller Williams Wednesday at DG’s Tap House, you’re really getting two shows. The first set is a solo performance, while in the second he’ll be joined by his funk band, More Than a Little.
So if you want to see the one-man jam band, you’ll get that, along with a much more elaborate show. When he plays on his own, Williams is known to use looping to create a fuller sound. But More Than a Little eliminates that need.
“I let the human beings play their parts,” Williams said during a phone interview. “The looping started many years ago because of a lack of human beings and the finances to afford human beings. So when we actually get together to play with each other, I want everyone to play their parts.”
More Than a Little has a much fuller sound, including two back-up singers. Williams said his motivation is partly to keep things fresh. He plays solo shows, as well as performances with The Traveling McCourys, Keller and The Keels, Keller & Kimock and numerous other projects.
The variety lets him play multiple styles. The Traveling McCoury shows have Williams playing bluegrass, while the shows with Steve Kimock feature longer-form improvisational songs (“Not for the faint of heart,” Williams warned). He also has branched out into things like a children’s album with 2010’s “Kids,” and last year recorded a cover album of Grateful Dead songs played on piano, “Keys.”
“I’m constantly trying to bring new, exciting and different types of music into my circle in the hopes of not stagnating,” Williams said.
“It’s constantly revolving. There’s a couple viable projects right now that I’m really proud of. The reason for this one is just my love for deep, soulful funk music.”
Williams shares a name with the realty company Keller Williams. If you’re Googling for one, you’re going to end up finding a lot about the other. Williams said his fans made the connection early in his career, uprooting Keller Williams yard signs and bringing them to shows.
“In the ’90s they sent me an actual letter, asking me to ask my fans to stop pulling up their signs out of the ground,” Williams said.
“The company takes its name from guys with the last name Keller and Williams and they’re both music fans. I met the son of one of them on a jam cruise last year. Don’t go to .com, stick with .net to get what you need.”
When: 8 p.m. Wednesday
Where: DG’s Tap House, 125 Main St., Ames
Cost: $30 in advance, $32 at the door.