Kelly Richey in the Studio at Shangri-La Productions in Lexington, KY:
This past week, I returned to the studio with engineer/producer Duane Lundy for the next round of recordings for my upcoming new album. This second round of recordings focused on two new songs: “Afraid To Die” and “Just Like A River”. The first round of songs included: “Love” (which is the song used in my new music video), “Lies”, “Only Going Up”, and “You Wanna Rock”.
Keeping in line with my last studio release Sweet Spirit, but with even more of a departure sonically from past material, I’m blending the loops I use in my live solo performances (created with Native Instruments Maschine STUDIO) with drums (Robby Cosenza) and bass (Blake Cox). Conceptually, the sound is a gritty remix of Blues, Electronica, Rock, Folk, Funk, and Americana; think The Kills and the Smithereens meet Ryan Adams and Patti Smith– mixing cutting, highly personal lyrics with synthesized sound and drum loops overlayed with raw, organic electric guitar. Lyrically, I’m pulling from my poetry and new lyrics written while out on the road touring this past year. “Just Like A River” was originally a poem, but was worked up as a song as a suggestion by my good friend Kay Milam. I have a well-established friendship and working relationship with Duane Lundy, and completely trust him to guide the sessions.
My new album will be released in late fall of 2015, with six singles and subsequent music videos being released throughout the year.
Photos by Sonya Ziegler
Note: Kelly Richey is an award-winning blues musician, poet, songwriter, guitar teacher, and life coach. Richey has made her mark through the power of her voice, figuratively and literally. Kelly leads writing workshops as a facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change and was certified through the Conscious Feminine Leadership Academy (CFLA).
KELLY RICHEY – ABOUT
Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown. Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.
Richey has been teaching guitar almost as long as she’s been playing; with over three decades of teaching experience under her belt, she is a deeply dedicated and inspirational guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date. Richey teaches both privately and through the online teaching course with TrueFire. Richey has put out a number of instructional videos and teaches several guitar workshops around the country. Richey has a rock solid understanding of blues guitar techniques, which she passionately passes on to her students. She’s a warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique teaching style who relates exceptionally well to her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. Her goal is to provide expert instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, so that he or she can excel to full potential.