By Michael Lester
Photos by Jesse Faatz
Keller Williams literally does it all musically on stage.
Unlike most performers, he also takes requests during his shows.
Midway through the second set of his sold-out show at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe Saturday, Williams offered the crowd a choice between two originals from his song catalog — “Freeker by the Speaker” or “You Are What You Eat.”
The crowd, a good number of whom remained on their feet in the pit below the stage throughout the show, overwhelmingly cheered for “Freeker.” So Williams launched into what is perhaps his signature original.
During the first set, Williams sat down at a piano and covered the Grateful Dead’s “Row Jimmy” followed, again on piano, by his own “Day At The office,” a song about his solo touring regimen and paying his mortgage.
Williams added another Dead cover earlier in the first set, putting a hip-hop spin on “One More Saturday Night.”
He began his second set with Tom Petty’s “Rebels,” substituting the lyrics, “Down in Jim Thorpe on a Saturday Night.”