Local Miami group will be the opening act for Paul Thorn on Feb 12.

JenningsandKellerimageJennings and Keller Biography

Opening Act for Paul Thorn

Jennings and Keller is Laurie Jennings Oudin and Dana Keller, an acoustic duo based out of Miami, FL. They bring a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the honky tonks of West Texas. Their music is called ‘Fusion Folk Americana’—a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds. With the release of their debut CD, ‘Susan’s House’(2007), and their second CD ‘As The Universe Unfolds’(2009), Jennings and Keller quickly gained recognition as well as songwriting awards throughout the country. In 2007 alone, they were winners or finalists in 5 different songwriting competitions across the country. 2012 marked the release of ‘Mirror With a Memory’, Jennings and Keller’s most sophisticated and expansive collection of songs to date. Lee Zimmerman, with The Palm Beach New Times, says of ‘Mirror’, “…a lovely and enticing 12-song set that spotlights their songwriting prowess and supple skillful delivery”. Laurie is a former Shakespearean actress who has spent many years on the stage. Her theater background combined with a lifetime of professional singing gives her an obvious command of the stage as well as the songs she sings. Dana Keller is a veteran pedal steel, dobro and guitar player who has spent years performing on stage or in the studio with such luminaries as Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Stevie Wonder, Larry Graham, Marvin Gaye, Dave Mason, Johnny Rodriguez and The Allen Brothers, to name a few. Dana has been an endorsee of the Gretsch Guitar and Drum Company since 1980. His dobro playing has been called ‘jaw-droppingly good’. The synergy created from these two diverse talents is apparent in the responses they are getting from festival directors, club owners, and audience members. Laurie’s and Dana’s music is not easy to define, but will leave a lasting impression on all who listen.

JenningsandKellerimage2“We've had perhaps a dozen home concerts now and attended a half dozen more. Laurie Jennings has a beautiful, polished voice. She and Dana perform original folk and western numbers which are gripping and delightful. Probably the best voice we've had the opportunity to enjoy. Dana plays a variety of guitars with beautiful style and tone. They're a GREAT combination and will be long, long remembered by our audience”—M. Eisenburg, Comstock House Concerts, CA—Aug. 2015

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REVIEWS AND COMMENTS

Quote from Ralph Penunuri—Troubadour Music Series, Corvallis, OR--2012

Thank you artful road warriors, for the fine Corvallis concert last night! Sure appreciated the fine songs, and the clean weave of musical stories, revelations and artful groove. Loved the harmonies, articulate use of tunings, technique and lyrical explorations and play. Dana's playing was extraordinary.

Quote from John William Davis, Denver, CO—Nov. 2011

In the folk world there are a handful of guitarists who are simply so good that I'm intimidated, just go green, gnash my teeth, and wonder why I ever pestered my parents for a guitar that Xmas when I was 12. I'm thinking of the likes of Jack Williams or Tena Moyer. Florida has two such players that I know of: Sam Pacetti and Dana Keller. If you have any love for hearing the instrument played by a master, do go see Jennings and Keller. The thing that really just gets my goat with Dana is that he's also a world class pedal steel and dobro player. I first knew him as the latter and was blown away by his steel playing. Only a couple of years later did I hear him playing Chet on a six string . . . and it sounded just like Chet. And I mean just like it. It reminded me of the night in South Carolina when I stumbled in on Jack Williams tearing up some bluesy jazz on piano. Just ain't fair. But equally unfair, if you play the instrument and love it half as much as I do, would be missing a chance to hear a true master.

Quote from David Engels, Emerald House Concerts; Nov. 2011

“Laurie and Dana have just returned from a 5 month tour out west where they were very well received. Their stage show now features 2 soloists. In the past Laurie's impressive voice was the focus. Last night we also heard Dana take the lead, assisted by Laurie's beautiful harmonies. These artists are comfortable under the lights and it's plain to see that they are real pros. Their Folk Fusion Americana spirit has differentiated them from other duos and as they are seen around the country, their audience has grown substantially.”

‘As The Universe Unfolds’ Lee Zimmerman, Palm Beach New Times, FL, July 2009

“…On the duo's outstanding second effort, the cosmically dubbed As The Universe Unfolds, they take an assertive stance that reflects their true folk finesse.” "...Jennings and Keller purvey such an earthy authenticity. Two albums on, they're already at the top of their game." Jennings and Keller's ‘As The Universe Unfolds’ Pasadena Weekly, CA, July 2, 2009 ”Vocalist Laurie Jennings Oudin’s warmth and veteran country sideman Dana Keller’s exceptionally good work on electric guitars and Dobro are the primary virtues of this unabashedly heartfelt offering…”

Quote from Lee Herman, Las Alturas House Concerts Las Cruces, NM, June 2009

”Jennings and Keller just played my friend's Harmony House Concert series in Las Cruces, NM this past weekend and put on a wonderful show. This duo from Florida plays and sings original songs of life, love and everything else. Laurie Jennings has a beautiful voice and plays a sweet guitar. Dana Keller plays outstanding dobro and sings very well. They put on a great show - great music and great sense of humor and interaction with the audience.”

Quote from Susan Moss, The Labyrinth Café, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Nov. 2008

"...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..."

Quote from Sonny Thomas, The Fiddle & Bow Society, Winston-Salem, NC 2008

"Jennings and Keller gave us a great night's entertainment. Laurie's laid back, easy going stage presence and fine singing were solidly backed by Dana's fine dobro and guitar playing and backing vocals. Dana started off the second set with some particularly nice finger-style, solo guitar work. Our audience really enjoyed the show. We look forward to having them back." “Great dobro, guitar and original lyrics, from deep, to deeply funny to sublime.” —Rosalind Kutter, Redwood City Downtown Library, Redwood City, CA, Aug. 2010

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