Label Debut Album Produced by Grammy Award Winner Jim Gaines
Catfood Records announces the release of “Every Soul’s A Star,” the label debut from acclaimed
blues/soul singer and guitarist Dave Keller. Produced by Grammy award winner, Jim Gaines
(Santana, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Luther Allison), and recorded primarily at Sonic Ranch in Tornillo,

TX, “Every Soul’s A Star” showcases ten original songs, plus a scintillating cover of the Aretha
Franklin classic, ‘Baby, I Love You.’ Keller’s soulful vocals are ably supported by The Rays, which
include not only legendary Motown guitarist Johnny McGee, but also Bob Trenchard – bass; Dan
Ferguson - Hammond B3, Wurlitzer, keyboards; Richy Puga – drums; Mike Middleton – trumpet;
Nick Flood - tenor and baritone sax, plus the heavenly voices of Janelle Thompson and Shakara
Weston - background vocals; and Christopher Serrano – percussion. Catfood label head Bob
Trenchard calls Dave Keller, “The most-talented songwriter I've ever worked with, and it was he
who suggested Jim Gaines to produce the new project.”
“This record, for me, is about honoring the star in each person,” Dave Keller says. “The songs are
about both love and heartbreak, of course, but also speak about the beauty in each of us, as
unique individuals and as people standing up together. This record feels like my strongest yet. I
felt more at ease singing than I've ever felt in the studio. That comfort helped me sing more
dynamically than I've ever sung before on record.”

“Every Soul’s A Star” is also the first time Keller had the chance to work with the Catfood
Records’ house band, The Rays, comprised of all superb musicians with a boatload of experience
backing up many of the label’s artists on record, including Blues Music Award-winner Johnny
Rawls. “What really impressed me about The Rays was how much heart they put into this
record,” Keller declares. “I love how everyone put so much of themselves into the record. I could
tell that they really dug the songs, and really cared about doing them justice. I love how you can
hear all their individual ideas on the record, and feel their personalities, their souls, and yet
everything is in service to the songs.”
“It was a special treat working with Johnny McGhee, who has played guitar on countless great
soul albums,” continues Keller. “He started out as a kid – only 12 years old – touring with The
Five Stairsteps, and ended up in the band LTD. To each of my songs, Johnny brought the
coolest, most perfect little soul licks. He has an amazing ability to find just the right licks and riffs
that pull the song together into something perfect.”
Keller is equally effusive in his praise of producer Jim Gaines. “Jim Gaines is a magician. He really
listened to my songs, really got into the meaning of the lyrics, and was able to help me and the
band bring them alive with the most heart possible. He's an expert at making songs really shine.
I felt blessed to get to work with him.”
Keller also has a special place in his heart for Johnny Rawls, who introduced him to Catfood
Records owner and bassist Bob Trenchard about five years ago at the Blues Music Awards. “Bob
and I had a conversation then about making a record together, but it took ‘til now for the time to

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