We are camped out by Foster Lake in Oregon, and the mountains in the distance positively sparkle and shimmer in the clear summer light. The days are warm and the nights cool; you can see so many stars that constellations disappear. We have our last Oregon concert tonight and then we head back to California, where we will be for the next month.
Last month was a momentous occasion for me--my niece Jeanie got married in Napa, and it gave me the opportunity to reunite with family I had not seen in many years. I have 5 nieces, aged between 18 and 30, and they are all accomplished, bright and very self-possessed young women. They give me hope for the future. From their confidence and career-mindedness I see how far we, as women, have come.
This month is when we start recording our next CD. We've had a few false starts, but this time around we hope to complete this project. We will be working with the very talented engineer Rolfe Wyer. Rolfe and Patrick Feehan will also be joining us on many of our dates in the Bay area for August and September. Not only are they world-class musicians, they are fun and funny and easy--playing with them reminds us why we do it in the first place--for the joy of it.
Photo by Linda Carithers
It has been a while since we've shared any news; sorry about that. This past winter was busy, busy, busy with gigs, songwriting, bookings, odd jobs, motorhome repair, etc. Dana played with a few different bands as well as doing work for hire on recording projects. I have been working with the women at Homestead Correctional, teaching singing and songwriting via ArtSpring (www.artspring.org). The women have a graduation presentation coming up the end of the month, and we are busy working on the songs for that event.
We started recording our new CD last Fall with Rolfe Wyer at his studio in Half Moon Bay, CA. We hoped to continue that this past winter, but we got too bogged down with everything else that life presents. However, we are planning to return to the Bay area, and we are blocking out time to complete this new project. We will continue working with Rolfe, and we hope to have Patrick Feehan, a world-class pianist and composer, on board for this CD as well. We have played concerts in CA with both Rolfe and Patrick, and we plan to do that again this summer.
A new website is in the works; hope to have it up and running before we head out on the road in May. We also got some new photos taken for the website—big thanks to Linda Carithers for her remarkable photography talents. Here is a picture from that shoot:
Photo by Linda Carithers
What a summer tour this has been! We have had the best year since we started out back in 2007. We sold out of 'Mirror With a Memory' (thank you CD Baby for sending us more on the road). We have also had the largest concert turn-outs ever. We have met so many amazing people, and have been able to perform at so many wonderful places. Our hearts are full. Here is a picture of us playing at The San Gregorio General Store in CA with Rolfe Wyer, Tim Seifert, Patrick Feehan and Jay Howlett, all amazing players based out of the Bay area in CA.
Photo by Gary Brewster
We have a few more dates on the road before we return to FL in late Oct. We hope to be playing around the state this winter as well as working on our new CD! Yes, we plan to have a new CD with us for next year. We are so grateful to be able to do what we love. Thank you to all of you who give us this opportunity.
It's been a while since we've shared any news, and plenty has happened that seems newsworthy, at least in our world. We spent much of last year improving our traveling accommodations, and we are in a new(er) motor home with more room and fewer problems. We played around Florida this past winter, meeting many new friends and experiencing new festivals, clubs and house concerts. Can't wait to do it again next season! We leave this month for a 5-month cross-country tour, and we are beyond excited and a bit nervous too. We have dates in AL, TN, AR, TX, NM, AZ, CA and OR, and we're still filling up our calendar for our return trip in the Fall. Can't wait to see so many old friends, and we're looking forward to meeting new ones too. We have plenty of new songs to share, and we are hoping to have some musical collaborations with musicians from all over the country. Please check the 'Calendar' page for updates on where we will be.
The big news for us for this month is that Dana has his own website! It is: www.danakellermusic.com. If you are interested in having Dana record on one of your music projects, or if you want him as a sideman in your band, this is the site to go to. You can read more about Dana as well as hear some samples of his studio work. He now has the means to record anywhere in the country.
Happy Spring everyone! The rains have started in Florida, and everything is as green as can be! The big news for us this year is that we will not be touring this summer. We had some motor home difficulty which prevented us from making the cross-country tour this year. Fortunately all has been resolved, but it was too late to get the dates together for a tour. We are planning to do a September mini-tour of the East Coast, and we plan to spend some time in New England, playing wherever we can. Dana is getting his own website finalized; that will be posted in the very near future. Meanwhile, we continue to write new songs, and to play wherever we can locally; please check our calendar to see where we will be.
Us playing with Pete and Maura Kennedy at a recent Labyrinth Cafe concert.
We returned to South Florida after one of the best 5-month cross-country tours we have ever had. We played in so many amazing venues, and met so many amazing people from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado! We have always been fortunate to be able to share the stage with other great players, and this summer was no exception. Not only did we get to be on stage with many remarkable musicians, Dana went into recording studios to play pedal steel or dobro in studios all over the country. We are including a picture that was taken at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History of us playing with the great Tracy Parker--she is a stellar musician and vocalist!
We will be staying in South Florida for the winter, performing around the state. I am working with ArtSpring (www.artspring.org) teaching incarcerated women singing and songwriting. I am also performing at various nursing homes singing for Alzheimer's patients. Dana is doing some recording work, and we are both getting our schedule set for the winter season in Florida. Please check back to see where we will be performing.
Photo by Frank S. Balthis c.2013
We are on our 2013 5-month tour, and we're very excited about some of the places we are performing at this year. We will be in Texas for most of May, and then we have New Mexico and Arizona for June. By late June, we will be in Southern California. We plan to stay in California for all of July and August, making our home base at a friend's place near Santa Cruz. Lots of dates scheduled, with more in the works. Dana will also be joining other musicians with his pedal steel. Check out our 'Calendar' page for the wheres and whens.
Happy Spring everyone! The winter seemed to fly by for us, and we've got one more month here in Florida before we head out on the road again. We've been busy--Dana has been teaching pedal steel as well as working on new Chet Atkins guitar pieces. I've been teaching singing and songwriting to some amazing women at Homestead Correctional Institution as part of ArtSpring, as well as playing around town. We're both working on new songs, and we have concerts scheduled every weekend this month. We are getting the motor home road-ready, and we will be leaving for Texas the first weekend in May. We are slowly filling up our calendar, and we hope to see old friends and new on our concert stops in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and beyond!
Happy New Year Everybody! We had such a fantastic year last year, and we're hoping for an even better year in 2013. Highlights include completing our third CD 'Mirror With a Memory', which we are very proud of (you can hear samples on our 'Music' page). We've received such good feedback on it, and we plan to have it at all our upcoming concerts. Also, 2012 marked our 6th year touring, and our 4th year going out West, and it was by far our best tour to date. We are so thankful to all of you who show us such kindness and support. You keep us going. We have plans to head out west again this Spring. We are also planning to revisit the East Coast, with a possible tour of New England in 2014.
We are well into our 2012 'Mirror With a Memory' tour, and we finally have the new CD on CD Baby as well as I Tunes. We are pleased as we can be with this new collection of tunes--you can hear samples at CD Baby, and we're sure you will agree with us that the songs sound terrific! We owe this to Brett Segal, who co-produced as well as engineered this CD at his studio 'Shack in the Back Productions'. We have the CD with us, and we are thrilled with the amount of sales happening at our concerts on this tour. We are currently in Southern California, and we head to Oregon next week, where we have a series of dates (check our calendar page for details). We've been having a blast, and we're both enjoying seeing old friends, meeting new ones, and eating the best fish tacos on the planet!
Well, it's finally completed!! 'Mirror With a Memory' is in production, and we plan to have them for sale by the end of the month. We are SO proud of this body of work--we cannot wait to share it with everyone! Please check back often; we'll make sure we post when the CD is available on our website or via CD Baby. It will definitely be with us on our Summer tour, which starts May 19th!
Go to our 'Calendar' page to see where we will be--we're going to TX, NM, AZ, CA, OR, CO and more!
So, the recording is taking longer than expected. That is to be expected. However, we are now working with Brett Segal, a brilliant young engineer who runs Shack In The Back Productions. We are really happy with the way our CD is turning out, and we plan on having it with us for our tour this summer. Also, Dana has been playing pedal steel with The Mann Sisters, 2 young women singer-songwriters who are rising stars in the contemporary country market. Check out their website: www.themannsisters.com
Let's all pray to the diesel gods that the price of gas goes down. Otherwise, we'll be busking at truck stops!
Another trip around the Sun, and we hope we are a little wiser from the experiences along the way. There is much strife and fear in the world, and much to concern ourselves about. We worry about the future, but at the same time we continue to make music and share in the collective sense of joy that music brings. We have met and spent time with some of the most wonderful and kind people on this planet. We have broken bread and shared wine. We have been very fortunate to share our songs and stories. We have made friends from Florida to Oregon; friends who have opened their homes to us, have given us refuge from the road, have filled our bellies and our souls--kindness that will stay with us forever. As we finish out this year, we give thanks to you who have made us a part of your lives as you are now a part of ours. Dana and I wish you all the warmest of holidays, filled with joy and music. We will keep updating our calendar, and can't wait to see you all again in 2012.
We're on the road again, and our 20 yr. old motor home is chugging right along, getting us from gig to gig and state to state. We've spent a month in Texas, and Dana was able to play the pedal steel on several occasions, both on stage with a few different country bands, and in the studio. We don't set up the pedal steel too often for our duo shows; it's really a band instrument, and we always enjoy the opportunity to get it out. We have plans to be on the road through Sept. and into October. We have been able to reunite with lots of folks that we see every year; we're also enjoying meeting new people and playing new venues. We will be in New Mexico for a couple of weeks, and then on to Colorado, Oregon, and then California. It's been HOT in Texas; looking forward to cooler places. New songs are in the works, and we've had a lot of requests for our next CD; hope to have it completed by the end of the year.
Happy New Year! How amazing this past year has been. We think back to all the wonderful people, places and experiences we've seen, and we feel blessed. Getting to share our music with such incredible audiences, and getting to see this glorious country from one end to the other is the closest thing to pure joy for us. We are in the process of planning our next trip out, and are writing songs for our next CD.
We are also planning to do some musical collaboration with Nick Annis, an award-winning songwriter and long-time friend.
We are back in Florida after a really amazing 5+ months on the road. We made so many friends from Virginia to Oregon and all points in between. It's great to travel, and it's also great to come home! Dana has been recording with a terrific rock band from Holland called 'Vanderlinde'--check them out on MySpace. We are both working on new songs, and getting settled back into life in South FL. We will be performing around the state for the next few months, so keep checking our calendar page to see where we will be.
Hi Everybody! We're now in Oregon, and it is breathtakingly beautiful. Our big news at the moment is that we won first place in The Breedlove Festival's Songwriting Competition! Our prize was a brand new Breedlove guitar. We also met some terrific folks--thank you Oregonians who made us feel so welcome. Here is a picture of the new guitar:
Here is me and Dana playing at the festival:
Here is a nice 'review' from our show at Redwood City's Downtown Library Concert:
"Great dobro, guitar and original lyrics, from deep, to deeply funny, to sublime."--Rosalind Kutter, Redwood City Downtown Library
We head out west in early May and will return in October. We hope to see you all on the road.
Here's a picture of a fan wearing a Jennings & Keller t-shirt (write to inquire if you want one).
Schnebly Redland Winery, along with The Coral Gables Congregational Church, are putting on a fundraising concert event for Haiti on Saturday January 23rd. There will be continuous live music from 6p.m. until 10p.m. featuring Bob Ingram, The Mercurys, Jennings and Keller, and Mr. Nice Guy.
The concert will be held under the winery’s beautiful tiki hut. There will be wine available inside the tasting room, and folks are encouraged to bring a picnic.
The suggested donation is $20, all proceeds going to Coral Gables Congregational Church Haiti Fund. For more information, call 305-242-1224, or e-mail Laurie at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Jennings and Keller are back in Florida and will be performing throughout the state until late spring 2010.
"Susan's House" is now back in stock.
Check out the calendar and our MySpace page to find out where we're headed next.
Jennings and Keller have had such a great time in California, and are sad to see the end of this trip coming near, but they hope to be back soon.
It is a lighter schedule this month, and then the return trip home begins at the beginning of September with stops in Texas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.
You can hear Jennings and Keller's appearance on "Please Stand By" on KPIG here.
Read a review of our new CD, here.
Check out the calendar and our MySpace page to find out where we're headed next.
Jennings and Keller have been traveling and meeting wonderful people, seeing the scenery and performing concerts in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona over the last month.
As the calendar rolls into July, Jennings and Keller's debut release from 2007 is now officially out of print. Recorded on antique equipment, it may be re-recorded and re-printed, but we'll wait to make an announcement on that front. There are a few hard copies of the CD left at CDBaby, and you can of course download the MP3s on iTunes and CDBaby.
In July, Jennings and Keller will start out in southern California (San Diego) and be in San Francisco and Berkeley at the end of the month. There are a few more dates in California in early August, and then the duo heads back east. They'll perform in Oklahoma for the first time in September, and in mid September, they'll return to Florida. Florida-based shows will take place through the end of the year and the beginning of 2010.
Check out the calendar and our MySpace page to find out where we're headed next.
Jennings & Keller have completed their follow-up CD to their debut, "Susan's House". The CD is titled "As the Universe Unfolds" and is now available from the Music page on this website. A select number of Jennings & Keller T-shirts will also be available for purchase at shows.
In May 2009, Jennings & Keller will perform in northern Florida, Georgia, and throughout the state of North Carolina, eventually heading to jam and mingle at the Kerrville Folk Festival and a concert in Texas.
In July and early August 2009, they'll perform in California, and over the next few months head back through Oklahoma, Tennessee, and more over the course of June, July, and August 2009, in order to promote their new CD. They will return to Florida in mid-September 2009 and perform a CD release party in October and/or November.
Jennings & Keller have completed their follow-up CD to their debut, "Susan's House". The CD is titled "As the Universe Unfolds" and will be available for purchase in May 2009 at this website and at CDBaby.com, with an iTunes release available in summer 2009. A select number of Jennings & Keller T-shirts will also be available for purchase at shows.
Jennings & Keller will tour the southeast in May 2009, including the states of Georgia and North Carolina and continue west, performing in the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and back through Oklahoma, Tennessee, and more over the course of June, July, and August 2009, in order to promote their new CD. They will return to Florida in mid-September 2009.
Dana Keller of Jennings & Keller appears on the new Dave Mason record, "26 Letters 12 Notes". Dave Mason is a co-founder of the legendary rock band Traffic. He's played on some of the greatest rock albums in history: Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland, George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, and Delaney & Bonnie's Motel Shot among them. 26 Letters 12 Notes (issued on his own Out of the Box imprint through RED Distribution) is his first new album in a decade. Originally produced by Mason at home in California, additional recording was done in Detroit and Miami. It's a back to basics, '70s style rock and Brit soul record.
From Thom Jurek of All Music Guide:
"There's a beautiful pedal steel here played by Dana Keller that does exactly what it's supposed to do: add a ton of atmosphere without being intrusive."
Running from November 22, 2008 - December 22, 2008 is our holiday sale. We've chopped off $5 of the price of our debut CD, "Susan's House".
A nice mention we found from Colleen Dougher over at Metromix South Florida in the "On the tube" column:
"Jennings and Keller — Mountain." When Miami's Main Street Cafe closed in 2006, Laurie Jennings Oudin started devoting more time to her musical career, and it looks like it's paying off. This recently posted video of her playing "Mountain" with dobro player Dana Keller is enough to make you want to climb one.
We hope you are enjoying the new website, which we debuted last month. Jennings & Keller are hard at work on the follow-up CD to "Susan's House", which was released in 2007.
We're continuing to update the calendar for 2008 and 2009, and here is a quote from Susan Moss regarding Jennings & Keller's recent performance at The Luna Star Cafe:
"...we enjoyed two great sets of original music (three of Dana's own compositions), and a few special covers as well (Dana's dobro solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps is jaw-droppingly good) - I of course adore Susan's House and, much as I believe Hold Fast the Wheel will always be my favorite of Laurie's self-penned tunes, it was a delight to hear some brand new ones: Mountains of Miami, Propane, My Baby Wants to Be a Bell Ringer... Stunning voice, smart lyrics, great musicianship... most definitely worth leaving the house for on a rainy Saturday night..."
Laurie was recently profiled in the ArtSpring Summer Newsletter. You can read the interview by downloading the PDF file.
You can now pick up a copy of our debut CD, "Susan's House", at the popular outlet for independent artists, CDBaby.com . Check out the site.
Have motor home, will travel! We have lots of exciting new places we are venturing to this year. Check our 'Calendar' page for upcoming dates and locations.
This has been quite a year for us! As the old saying goes, 'When one door closes, another opens'. As sad as it was for us to see the doors of The Main Street Cafe close for good, our musical life has taken a huge leap forward. We completed our debut CD 'Susan's House' , and have been getting accepted at various festivals around the country. We have purchased a motor home which will allow us to travel to wherever the music leads us.
2007 South Florida
Folk Festival Songwriter Competition
Finalist: 2007 Suwannee SpringFest Songwriter Competition
Finalist: 2007 Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival Songwriter Competition
Finalist: 2007 SolarFest Songwriting Competition
Emerging Artist Showcase: 2007 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival