The JamBase Podcast Episode 14: Keller Williams & Umphrey’s McGee’s Kevin Browning
The latest edition of The JamBase Podcast is now available to stream or download. Episode 14 begins in our typical fashion with “The Rundown” segment featuring a recap of noteworthy news items since our last installment. Next up are a pair of interviews recorded at this year’s Summer Camp Music Festival in Chillicothe, Illinois. The multi-talented Keller Williams takes a “Reelin’ In The Years” trip down memory lane and Umphrey’s McGee manager Kevin Browning gives an “All Access” look behind the scenes of his career supporting the band.
“The Rundown” gets things underway with host Scott Bernstein sharing his thoughts on the start of Dead & Company’s Summer Tour. Co-host David Onigman then gives the scoop on the happy-to-report return of keyboardist Ray Paczkowski. The Milkman will rejoin his Trey Anastasio Band mates on July 5 following successful brain cancer surgery. Speaking of Trey, ScottyB and DaveO then discuss the Phish guitarist’s recent appearance on lyricist Tom Marshall’s Under The Scales podcast that focused on the 20th anniversary of the band’s studio album The Story Of The Ghost. “The Rundown” segment wraps with a rundown of recent tour announcements from the likes of Jeff Tweedy, Greensky, Billy Strings and more.
Andy Kahn then chats with Keller Williams at Summer Camp. The “Reelin’ In The Years” segment begins with KW telling AK about cutting his teeth as a working musician in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The pair revisits Keller’s first runs of shows, playing in Colorado and eventually meeting The String Cheese Incident, rotating through mobile homes and building up to full-size tour buses. Among the topics covered is Keller’s time on tour with Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, which is just one of the exciting tales from a life on the road told throughout the discussion.
Andy also interviewed Umphrey’s McGee manager Kevin Browning during his trip to Summer Camp. AK and KB went back to UM’s formation at Notre Dame University in Indiana in 1998 to revisit how Kevin became part of the band’s team. Kevin reminisces about his stint as Umphrey’s front of house sound engineer that lasted until he took on management responsibilities in 2011. Browning also details his role in rolling out UM’s recently issued surprise new album it’s you as well as the band’s input on shaping Summer Camp and more.