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 pedal steel and dobro playing has been called ‘jaw-droppingly good’.
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 (Atkins) 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. Please try to make this show! —John William Davis, Multiple Award-winning songwriter and expert blues musician
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. – Review of Dave Mason’s – 26 letters ~ 12 Notes by Thom Jurek