Garrett Kealer will sit in with Slim Gambill of Lady Antebellum as drummer on Friday, December 13, 2019 at Crazy Uncle Mikes in Boca Raton. Slim Gamble’s tour is to promote his new release ‘Fake Jazz & Theme Songs’. This will be an exciting show where Slim gets to blend his master lead guitar skills with a whole lot of jazz influences.
A multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter from Boca Raton, Florida, Garrett Kealer is the drummer for indie/alternative band Del Pelson, the leading songwriter for his solo project, the front man of Garrett Kealer and His Intrusions, and gigging drummer for numerous local and regional acts.
Garrett met Slim Gambill though a contact at the School of Rock-Boca Raton where he is an Instructor.
Editor’s note – build good relations with those around you. You never know where your next introduction will come from.
Garrett was introduced to Slim Gambill before a Lady Antebellum concert in West Palm Beach, FL in 2018. Garrett had about a minute to introduce himself and let Slim know about himself and what he had to offer. About a year later, Garrett got a call to join up with Slim on the local leg of his tour.
Why did Slim hire Garrett? Slim recalled “When I was introduced to Garrett, he give me he card, I checked out some videos of him online. Based on contact recommendation and what I saw online, I pulled the trigger.
Editor’s note – This is why it is so important to have a 15-30 second practiced and prepared talkpath about yourself so that you can share at a moments notice.
Upon holding drumsticks for the first time, Garrett Kealer knew he wanted to be a musician. Between taking lessons, incessantly practicing, and listening to as much music as he possibly could, Kealer honed his craft and began to develop the sounds and experiences heard on countless projects. He took lessons with Grammy-nominated percussionist Brian Slawson before attending Florida Atlantic University where he studied music, participated in a multitude of ensembles, and met his bandmates in Del Pelson. With the acquisition of his Bachelor’s degree in Commercial Music, Kealer set his sights on writing and performing professionally.
In his solo project, Kealer creates lush and colorful soundscapes that are driven forward by relentless rhythms and unforgettable hooks that serve as solid foundations for thought- provoking, observational, and relatable lyrics. His blend of alternative and indie rock mixed with elements of pop, folk, new wave, punk, surf, and Americana create a refreshing and entertaining sound for listeners. Kealer has performed with such groups and artists as Del Pelson, Rogue Theory, Fireside Prophets, Mylo Ranger, Echo Charlie Hotel Oscar, The Holidazed, Faku, and many others. Adding a performance with Slim Gamble is a perfect addition to Garrett’s resume.
Kealer has supported acts such as Young The Giant, Bear Hands, Joywave, Collie Buddz, Steel Pulse, Zach Deputy, Tiz McNamara, and others. He has performed in notable events and venues such as 104.3 The Shark’s Undertow Jam 2016, The Winter NAMM Show 2019, Mizner Park Amphitheater, and Culture Room.
Today, Kealer continues to tour and release music with Del Pelson and his solo act. He is preparing to release several singles followed by an EP in 2020.