WANT TO GO?
Larry Keel and Natural Bridge
WHERE: The Boulevard Tavern, 806 Kanawha Blvd. E.
WHEN: 10 p.m. Saturday
TICKETS: $10INFO: 304-205-7951 or www.theboulevardtavernwv.com
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Careers can take unusual turns, but no matter how you look at it, the leap from teaching high school French to playing bass in a bluegrass band is a big one. Jenny Keel, bass player for Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, said she wouldn't have it any other way.
"The French might come in handy some day," she said and laughed. "One of these days, Larry and me might make it over to Europe."
The former French teacher, along with her husband, flat-picking guitarist Larry Keel, and the rest of Natural Bridge, will be at the Boulevard Tavern Saturday night, performing their special blend of high-test bluegrass music.
Jenny said she grew up around music, but her musical journey didn't really begin until she left her home in Atlanta. "I played a little piano. I sang in the choir, but it wasn't until I got to Virginia that I really got into bluegrass music."
While studying French and English at Washington and Lee University, Jenny became a huge fan of roots music and caught dozens of shows at local clubs. But she'd somehow missed Magraw Gap, the band Larry played in.