A native of Utica, New York, John Keller had begun playing guitar and writing songs as a teenager. Since
that time, he has honed his skills to become a well-received performer/songwriter, as well as a sideman with
several musical projects.
His talents are best reflected in his solo ventures, which the Rome Observer defined as “lively...original
musical art.” His CD releases include, ‘Words We Say, Words We Read’ (2000), the 4 track ‘The Christmas
EP’ (2001) and ‘Grazin’ at the Margins.’ Each contain fan favorites i.e. “Age of Modern Man”, “Don’t Walk
Away”, “The Light”, and “Make Me Believe.” The Rome Observer described the music as “... a mixture of
bluegrass fronting a breath of chunky blues, love ballads and Americana folk tunes.” His vocals have been
thought of as “... swinging from Dr. John’s growl to (Roy) Orbison’s vocal caress...” And quoting from The Life
and Times of Oneida County, “... intriguing vocals... circumscribe the refined arrangements...his guitar creates
rich and resonant melodies...” John’s third full-length album, a completely solo effort in the ‘Springsteen
Nebraska’ style, entitled, ‘Hard Luck Highway’, which Exmogul.com calls “...an up-close personal
style...featuring excellent folksy acoustic guitar...” A new album, His newest recording,“Captive Audio” is a return to a full band effor.
He has done session work & produced albums for others. His songs have been recorded by others.
John’s music has been heard on Central NY radio, including WOUR, WRCK, and WRUN, and as far as
WMNF Tampa Florida. Most recently, his song ‘Travis’, was number one for two weeks on Radio Belgium.
John has been a mainstay on the ‘Java Circuit’, performing the stages of The Tramontane Café’, The Black
Cow in Croton-on Hudson, NY, Happy Endings -Syracuse, et. al. He’s performed at colleges, clubs, family
venues and festivals. These include SUNYIT Utica/Rome, Utica College, WCCC in Youngswood, PA, The
Electric Company, Betsy the Barge in Marcy NY, The Lionheart Blues Café in Albany, The Barking Spider in
Cleveland, OH, as well as Mountain Jam, SoulFlow, and Harvest Celebration.
John has performed in many benefit shows. In fact, a portion of the sales from his Christmas EP, goes to the
American Red Cross.
John organized the Acoustic Showcase series held at The Rock and Roll Preserve, which helped promote
He appears in Jennifer Perez’s award winning indie documentary “60 Minutes of Freedom - A Revolution
Through Music.” John’s music is regularly featured on CNY television program, “Mohawk Valley Living.”
One of his songs is currently being considered for major motion picture inclusion.
John is a client with the CANN Talent Agency.
He has contributed music columns to several widely read Central New York newspapers.
Besides being a performing musician, John has been President of The Utica Music Alliance & Resource
Center, Inc. (UMARC). UMARC is a non-profit organization designed to encourage and promote the creation
of original music in the Mohawk Valley, help provide musicians with the resources on and for the business of
music, as well as expose the public to the art of music. He hosts a monthly Songwriter’s Circle at The
Tramontane, as well a weekly Open Mic in Rome, NY .
When not performing, John can be found at his vintage record shop, Off-Center Records. For nearly 15
years, he has stocked and sold rare & valuable vinyl recordings worldwide.
Music runs through the heart and soul of John Keller, and he wouldn’t want it any other way.