Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body,
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Upcoming Shows

08 May 2016 Kelly Richey Solo Lexington, KY Creative Table Kitchen and Catering Creative Table Kitchen and Catering free
14 May 2016 Kelly Richey Solo Cosby, TN House and Forest Concert House and Forest Concert Buy ticket
20 May 2016 Kelly Richey Band Louisville, KY Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar
03 Jun 2016 Kelly Richey Solo Williamsport, PA Bullfrog Brewery Bullfrog Brewery Buy ticket
03 Jun 2016 Kelly Richey Solo Williamsport, PA The Uptown Music Collective The Uptown Music Collective

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A Night of CINspiration


A Night of CINspiration I will be speaking and sharing my story at A Night of CINspiration on April 27 in Mt. Adams. It’d be great to see you there! Don’t forget to also register at the link on the Facebook event. Please note that due to the limited space

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Lonnie Mack


Lonnie Mack R.I.P. Lonnie was a dear friend and mentor of mine, a friend that I often called for straight talk.  When I first met Lonnie, I was playing a M.E.R.F. benefit (Musicians Emergency Relief Fund) in Louisville, KY. My friend Jim Rosen, a powerful harmonica player who passed away

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Prince The Artist Formerly Known As Brilliant


Prince The Artist Formerly Known As Brilliant I saw Prince on his Purple Rain tour.  Never before, and never since, have I witnessed such brilliance.  This video shows the amazing guitarist he was, which in my opinion was always over shadowed by his multifaceted abilities as a songwriter, producer, performer,

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Blues Bytes Magazine


Blues Bytes Magazine Shakedown Soul CD Review One good thing about Kelly Richey, certainly not the only good thing, is that she rarely stays in the same place musically for very long. For her 16th and latest release, Shakedown Soul (Sweet Lucy Records), the singer/guitarist retains her usual exemplary guitar,

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Guitar Player Magazine April Issue


Guitar Player Magazine April Issue Focus On Blues-Rock Power Trio Hi, I’m Kelly Richey and welcome to Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio. Many of today’s most popular guitar players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, and Stevie Ray Vaughan played in what’s called a “power trio”. In this course,

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  • “…Imagine a cross between Ruth Brown and Bonnie Raitt and you’ve just begun to get the picture.” – Cincinnati, City BeatCincinnati, City Beat
  • This gruff-voiced, blazing guitarist takes no prisoners on the new Sweet Spirit. – Jerry ShriverUSA Today
  • “Guitarist/singer Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” That makes a helluva picture, but it’s as close as words come to describing the talent of this native of Lexington, KY….On these nine original cuts, the Strat-wielding guitarist interprets and expands on the great sounds of the masters, but with many original touches.” – ECSVintage Guitar Magazine
  • …The Kentucky native layers crunchy riffs, sassy wah lines, and fiery solos over tight, funky rhythm tracks played by elite Memphis studio cats. But it’s Richey’s fast powerful picking hand that sets her apart from typical blues-drenched rockers. – Andy EllisGuitar Player Magazine
  • “Kelly Richey is an excellent and exciting guitarist and her husky voice matches her rock songs. After a rocking foot stomping beginning, Kelly shows that she masters ballads and Blues as well. Fans of old-fashioned hard rocking Blues should certainly listen to this album.” – Eric CampfensBarn Owl Blues (Netherlands)
  • “Kelly Richey is an amazing blues artist with a rock attitude. With Janis Joplin vocals and Jimi Hendrix guitar skills, she makes some great tunes, and Sweet Spirit is full of them.” – Craig KiddMuzik Reviews
  • Richey is cut from the same cloth as her heroes Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton. She’s one of the best female guitarists in the world in the blues and one of the best guitarists period. – CrashClassic Rock B102.7
  • Kelly Richey’s first new album in five years, Speechless), is an incendiary blast through her influences, an all-instrumental set that picks up where the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, and Al DiMeola left off (or were once spotted) and tears hell for leather through a series of stylings and storms that render you slack-jawed in amazement. – Dave ThompsonGoldmine magazine
  • Such adventurous extrapolations are exactly what’s required if the blues genre is going to have anything new to say in the next century. – Falling JamesLA Weekly
  • …[Kelly Richey] is one remarkable blues guitar player. There are actually some very interesting similarities between Kelly Richey and Walter Trout — both in style of playing, fretboard prowess, certain mannerisms and sheer intensity of emotion in their playing.Blues On Stage (Minneapolis)
  • =Richey is clearly a blues shred diva who doesn’t hold back. The guitar wasn’t so much an instrument but a lightning rod channeling mystical powers. – Gary WeeksMusic City Blues
  • Though Carry the Light encircles the blues more than enters it, a blues ambiance persists throughout, especially in her guitar-playing approach. It blazes a scorching trail throughout most of the album. – Brian D. HollandModern Guitars
  • …The Kelly Richey Band’s reputation is built on its explosive live performances and seeing is believing…Not many women, or men, can rock the blues with Richey’s intensity and authority.”Arkansas Night Flying
  • “Kelly Richey is a fiercely gutsy and immensely talented female guitarist based in the Midwest….A purely instrumental album in the rock or blues genres, in my opinion, must try harder to gain and keep the listeners’ attention throughout. Speechless succeeds.” – M.T.H. WeitzmanElmore Magazine
  • “Kelly Richey is nothing short of an inspirational guitar player… I have never before heard a woman rip it out on a guitar like this. “ – John Shelton IvanyTop Twenty One
  • “With chops and agility that just seem to scale new heights every time out, she’s actually more Albert King than Bonnie Raitt and knows full well how to burn the house down.”Midwest Record
  • The internationally celebrated Kelly Richey Band evokes the wandering spirits of Big Brother & the Holding Company, the Vaughn Brothers and Band of Gypsys.Louisville Eccentric Observer