"The latest release by Midwest singer/songwriter, Landon Keller, “Oh Hallie & the Big Blue Sky” is a masterpiece and stunning addition to an already impressive catalog of songs by one of the best modern performers around. Keller flows seamlessly from blues to soul while touching on Americana and folk all the way through. Abandoning the big band sound Keller can sometimes be known for from his powerful live performances, he has stripped down his songs to the core – leaving only the essence of his unique and lovely sound.
His track, “The Garden” is easily one of my favorite songs of the past 5 years – not just by local or independent artists either. It is packed with soul and heart and the simple, well placed plucks on the guitar really allows his smoky and smooth voice to shine on this track.
Leaving behind the band for this record may have been one of the best decisions Keller could have made for this release. Live performances with the band are amazing and the talent Keller has assembled for those shows is nothing short of impressive but in this element, we really get to peer inside the inner workings of a songwriter coming to terms with his place in the Midwest while falling in love with his young family.
“Oh Hallie & the Big Blue Sky” should be counted among the best collections of songs to come out of this region of the United States. Keller is on point with capturing the life and emotions of people in the landlocked states. I imagine one day professors of songwriting will bring this album to class for young students to review and learn from – or at least they should".
- Patrick Roberts (Frontman for the band, Veseria)