The Asheville Music Hall hosted one hell of a bluegrass “Soul Shakedown Party” with The Larry Keel Experience as the source. LKE has been lighting fires within their hardcore fans for the past 20 years, and it was felt throughout the night as warm smiles, hoots and hollers, and all around good vibes were shared by everyone. The combination of Larry Keel’s unmatched acoustic flat-picking talents, his wife Jenny Keel’s sweet voice contrasted by her rich bass, and Jared Pool’s ability to shred on his mandolin like nobody’s business, equals the best bluegrass experience to date. The setlist included a dreamy mix of bust-outs and original favorites such as “Ophelia” and “One”, which set the stage for what we like to call a barn-burner! One of the highlights was watching a friend’s face light up as they went into “Russian Lullaby.” A new fan was born. Larry kept us on our toes as usual when he switched it up during “Whirly Pig,” “Asheville Police and we all fall down!” In keeping with tradition, The Sufi Brothers who warmed us up for the LKE, shared the stage and treated the crowd to a jam that took us off into the mountains where the roots run deep. One of my all-time favorite bands performing at the most beloved “cheers” venue in town, surrounded by hometown buddies that have been on the LKE train from the beginning; an absolutely stellar evening of bluegrass indeed. Larry urged Asheville to bring it on and we sure as hell did! Hurry on back now. We are impatiently waiting for the next train!
– Heidi Rowell
Photos by Libby Gamble Photography
Soul Shakedown Party
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