Fading – by Kelly Richey

Fading – by Kelly Richey

Fading is the opening and closing track on the my new CD “Shakedown Soul”.  This song was originally written on acoustic guitar when I was 19 years old, and the lyrics talk about love, the walls we build to protect ourselves from love, and how we quickly lose ourselves when we choose to hide our feelings from those people that we love and yet are afraid to let in.  The CD opens with a high energy version recorded with the band,  and closes with an acoustic version.  Shakedown Soul starts with the power of sound and ends with the power of vulnerability; hence, it’s title.

I will be releasing the first of three music videos this week and the first song will be “Fading” (acoustic), so stay tuned.

Fading – by Kelly Richey

There’s a way in – aint no way out
To this thing that we keep talking’ about
I heard you calling’ – and I watched you fallen’
But I never could get through to you

On down the road where – everything lies there
Dream your dreams and watch them fly away
I’m sure there’s sometime – but maybe no time
To find a reason left to live at all

Well you’re fading – fading away
You’re just another face in this crowd
with nothing to say……
kelly richey- photo by sonya ziegler - fading
Through your eyes you – see what you want to
Then laugh at me because I’m just a joke
You’re so lonely – loving’ means only
What you do when there’s not time to cry

You came to me when – you were free then
I turned around – to watch – you fly away
I see you running – the sun keeps coming
Down on you – but not to light your way

Well you’re fading – fading away
You’re just another face in this crowd
with nothing to say……

Fading – from Shakedown Soul
Shakedown Soul - Cover square

 

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey – Guitar and Vocals
Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue – Drums and Synth
Rikk Manning – Bass

Shakedown Soul was produced, mixed and mastered by Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue

Drumroll, Please…SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for Kelly Richey Fans ONLY!

Drumroll, Please…SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for Kelly Richey Fans ONLY!

The long-awaited new release by Kelly Richey, “SHAKEDOWN SOUL,” will be available for pre-order next week!  This CD is a 10-track album that deftly mixes blues, funk, electronica, and Richey’s signature gritty rock and roll. Pre-orders start next Wednesday, November 25th, at noon EST. Mark your calendars now!

Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul

Artwork by Sonya Ziegler

Graphic Design by Gary Kelley

“SHAKEDOWN SOUL” is a 10-track album that deftly mixes blues, funk, electronica, and Richey’s signature gritty rock and roll. The ten tracks are woven together seamlessly with chunky guitar riffs, groove based, melodic bass lines, synthesized sounds, and in-your-face John Bonham-style drum grooves and loops. Richey augments foot-stomping rockers with blistering guitar work and husky vocals that swagger along a massive wall of sound that swirls and spins in layers with celestial glitches, DJ scratching, drum loops, horns, keys, strings, and synth sequencing into a hot mess of sonic candy that perfectly suits her raw, ultra-personal all-original song lyrics. “Shakedown Soul” features melodic, well-arranged songs that feel both ethereal and hard as concrete. Richey’s riff-heavy guitar is gritty and dirty, and she steps out of the box on this album to incorporate synthesized sounds with her signature Strat that masterfully complete each other.

Always finding new ways to shake up the blues/rock genre, her ballsy rock and roll guitar playing doesn’t disappoint. Insipid, she is not; instinctively peeling back the layers, Richey’s “Shakedown Soul” is a undeceptive sojourn that never makes excuses. Sonically lush, emotively raw and honest, “Shakedown Soul” is Richey’s finest work to date.

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

October has been a very busy month.  I kicked off the month by attending a songwriting workshop in Nashville, TN with one of my all time favorite writers, Mary Gauthier.  This four day event took workshop participants into a deep dive of intensive songwriting adventures.

While attending, I wrote the final song titled “I Want To Run” for my upcoming new CD– set for release in late 2015.

If you’re not hip to Mary’s work, I encourage you to check her out; in my opinion, she’s one of the finest songwriters in the market today.  If you’re a songwriter, I highly recommend her writing workshops– it’s put on by Lydia Hutchinson, founder of Performing Songwriter Creative Workshops.

Mary Gauthier Songwriting Workshop

Upon returning home, I headed straight into the studio for final tracking and mixing and I’m happy to announce that we should start mastering this week!  The CD artwork will be unveiled the first week of November, and pre-orders will begin.  The CD is produced by my drummer, Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue.  Tobe and Rikk Manning joined forces with me in creating a sound that is truly FRESH and ROCKIN’ …!!!

The CD artwork was done by Sonya Ziegler and it’s stellar!  Sonya’s help and support in developing the material for this album, coupled with Tobe and Rikk’s brilliant musicianship and Tobe’s outstanding production approach leaves me deep in the groove!

Stay tuned for the unveiling of the artwork next week and pre-order details!

Tobe Donohue and Kelly Richey - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Rikk Manning and Tobe Donohue - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

KRB Deep In The Groove

This week The Kelly Richey Band is nearing the final stages of tracking for the next studio release.  Tobe Donohue, Rikk Manning and I have been deep in the groove, so stay tuned!!!  The journey around this record has been very different than my previous records because I’ve had the luxury of time to develop the material, the sound, the performance dynamic and the recording process.  I’m feeling inspired and at home in my studio!

Kelly Richey News & Updates - Kelly Richey Studio

Mary Gauthier Songwriting Workshop

This week I head to Nashville, TN for a songwriting workshop with one of my favorite songwriters on this planet, Mary Gauthier!  Six and a half years have passed since I first attended one of Mary’s workshops, where I experienced profound breakthroughs in my writing.  I’m excited to return for the next leg of the journey as a writer and as an artist.

Kelly Richey News & Updates - Mary Gauthier

Kelly Richey Solo Experience

Kelly Richey returns to Louisville, KY for a morning TV appearance on Great Day Live WHAS 11 and a live solo performance that night at The Planet!

Friday, October 9 – Kelly Richey Solo – 8:00pm
The Planet Bar & Bistro
1565 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY
Venue phone: 502-654-7866.

Kelly Richey SOLO Blues Experience

Here’s your chance to see Kelly perform on her electric guitar like you’ve never seen her before, pulling material from her entire catalog.  For those Kelly Richey fans that have been following Kelly for years, you’ll get to hear many of the songs she no longer performs with her current line up. See Kelly perform with ALL the energy and passion that she brings to the stage; Kelly is known for her jaw-dropping, blister-inducing fretboard work whether playing with a band or playing solo.  Don’t miss your chance to see her play live.  It’s Kelly’s mission to make every performance a show that you’ll never forget!

Afraid To Die— New Video by Kelly Richey

Afraid To Die— New Video by Kelly Richey

Video Production by Jeremiah Oschwald of Beardhousemedia.com.  Executive producer, Sonya Ziegler.  Afraid To Die was produced by Duane Lundy at Shangri-la Productions with Kelly Richey on guitar and vocals, Robby Cosenza on drums, and Blake Cox on Bass.

This is a deeply personal song that I wrote this winter while writing for my upcoming release.  These lyrics were loosely taken from my poem published in my poetry book “Whisperings”.  The poem is titled, “Once Again”.  I wrote this song as I was reflecting on the countless number of profound changes I’ve experienced these past five and a half years of sobriety.  The struggle of breaking free from the chains that held me back had everything to do with being afraid of letting my old self die… and afraid of embracing the real me.  The release of this video is one of many new markers in my journey to evolve personally and also as an artist.  The creation of a new solo show allows me to perform a broader array of material that, incidentally, also finds it’s way to the larger stage with my band.  Many new and exciting changes continue to take place in my career as a performer, songwriter, teacher and coach.  I hope you enjoy this video!

You’re Afraid To Die

You draw that line and you slip past it
You’re feelin’ high but you know it won’t last
You know that pain so you walk away
The fears that come bring the tears that stay

Your heart it pounds now and it won’t stop
Your feet they run cause they don’t walk
Your head is low but your hopes are high
You don’t wanna live cause you’re afraid to die

You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid

Erase that line and you slip away
You can’t take – what – you can’t say
You’re outta love and you’re outta luck
You’re all alone and you’re all screwed up

You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid to die
You’re afraid

Words and Music by Kelly Richey

Video Production by:
Beardhousemedia.com
Jeremiah Oschwald

Executive Producer Sonya Ziegler

Produced by Duane Lundy
Shangri-la Productions

Kelly Richey – Guitar & Vocals
Robby Cosenza – Drums
Blake Cox – Bass

Filmed at Chase Brewing Co. in Lexington, KY

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Upcoming Shows:

March 26, 2015 – 8pm    

Bistro 42    
6021 Timber Ridge Drive
Prospect, KY 40059
Phone : (502) 632-2552
Contact Website : https://www.facebook.com/bistro42ky

March 28, 2015 – 3pm
Bowling Green State University Presents:
The Electric Guitar in Popular Culture    

220 McFall Center
Bowling Green, OH 43403
Phone : 614-824-1730
Contact Email : [email protected]
Conference Information: http://goo.gl/o8pOSO

Kelly Richey Photo Shoot 4_Photo by Sonya Ziegler
Photo by Sonya Ziegler

New Video Scheduled For Release Next Week:

This past week I went to Lexington, Kentucky to complete shooting the footage for my new video, “Afraid To Die”.  This is an intense song about someone struggling with addiction– and the only thing keeping him alive is his fear of dying. Engineer/producer Duane Lundy at Shangri-La Productions did an amazing job on the mix giving it that haunting sound reminiscent of Daniel Lanois’s approach in Emmylou Harris’ Wrecking Ball.

Kelly Richey_Shangri-La Studios_Phots by Sonya Ziegler

Writing and The Creative Process:

Throughout the week I’ve been hard at work in my studio bouncing between teaching, writing, and working through my favorite list of songs from my catalog for my solo show.  I completed a new song this week, called “The Artist In Me Was Choking”.  As I write, I’m pulling lyrics from many of my poems found in my book “Whisperings”.  This is the first record I’ve ever done without a deadline.  I’m enjoying the creative process and allowing myself to explore all possibilities— with these new creative endeavors brings some rather big changes, changes that I will be announcing next week.  I’m happy, I’m inspired, and the weather has finally broken.  It’s been a long cold winter, but it’s brought much fire to my soul!

 Kelly Richey in hte Studio_1.25.2015_Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Lita Ford Show:

It was a blast opening solo for Lita Ford this past week in Indiana!   As expected, the crowd was there to rock!!!  Lita played an acoustic duo set and opened her show with the cover tune “Bitch Is Back”!   It was a fun night!  The venue was packed but my friend and guitar student Karen Miller from Louisville, Kentucky caught this shot through the window.  Thank you Karen!

Kelly Richey and Lita Ford Live

 

Kelly Richey in the Studio at Shangri-La Productions in Lexington , KY

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”.

Kelly Richey_Shangri-La Studios_Phots by Sonya Ziegler

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.

Kelly Richey_Shangri-La Studios_Phots by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey_Shangri-La Studios_Phots by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey_Shangri-La Studios_Phots by Sonya Ziegler

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).

KellyRicheyLive-PhotosbySonyaZiegler-Hi-Res_10 copyKELLY 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.

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at CCM

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at CCM

I want to thank the CCM (Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) students for putting together such a great live recording and video shoot Thursday night!  We’ll be doing edits this week and will have footage to share very soon!  A VERY special thank you to Aaron Perez and his amazing crew!

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at Emory Hall - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at Emory Hall - Photo by Sonya ZieglerSound Check and Video Setup

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at Emory Hall - Photo by Sonya ZieglerKelly Richey on Electric Guitar Performing “LOVE”

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at Emory Hall - Photo by Sonya ZieglerKelly Richey on Electric Guitar Performing “Risin’ Sun”

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot at Emory Hall - Photo by Sonya ZieglerKelly Richey on Electric Guitar Performing “Thin Fine Line”

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo (Electric) Now Booking:
Festivals, Music Venues, Clubs, Parties

Here’s your chance to see Kelly perform on her electric guitar like you’ve never seen her before, pulling material from her entire catalog.  For those Kelly Richey fans that have been following Kelly for years, you’ll get to hear many of the songs she no longer performs with her current line up. You’ll also be the first to hear the new music Kelly has been writing and recording for her upcoming studio CD.  See Kelly perform with ALL the energy and passion that she brings to the stage; Kelly is known for her jaw-dropping, blister-inducing fretboard work whether playing with a band or playing solo.  Don’t miss your chance to see her play live.  It’s Kelly’s mission to make every performance a show that you’ll never forget!

LOVE Kelly Richey

LOVE Kelly Richey

Kelly Richey’s NEW Video titled “LOVE” from upcoming CD!

Love, Love, Love is a powerful thing…
Oh I said Love, it’s a powerful thing…
Anyone can do it – that’s the thing!

Love, Love, Love is a wonderful thing…
Oh I said Love, it’s a wonderful thing…
Anyone can do it – that’s the thing!

People wanna talk about love –
But talking’ never really did a thing –
If you wanna get it – then you better give it –
Isn’t that what love’s suppose to bring…?

Oh I said Love, it’s a powerful thing…
Anyone can do it – that’s the thing!

LOVE Kelly Richey

…share the LOVE

LOVE …it’s a powerful thing!  …will appear on Kelly Richey’s upcoming CD titled, “Shakedown Soul” is a studio album superbly mixed and mastered by producer, Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue, and features a group of extraordinary musicians and back scene talent all collaborating to make the finest piece of work that Richey has done to date. All the songs are original, and feature Richey on guitar and vocals, Rikk Manning on bass, and Tobe Donohoe on drums, scratching and synths.

Never one to rest on her laurels, Richey has crafted her finest album to date, featuring ten stellar songs that are guaranteed to blow you away whether you are an old fan or new. Be prepared for an astonishing, intense sonic experience that will leave you with your jaw on the ground!

Kelly Richey News & Updates:

Kelly Richey News & Updates:

I’d like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!  WOW! 2014 has been a tremendous year for the KRB!  We had a very busy, very successful summer festival season and are wrapping up with only three more Kelly Richey Band shows left to play this year, plus one Kelly Richey stand alone performance.  The KRB had a great festival season touring all over the USA, Canada, and Australia!  As the year draws to a close and as things begin to wind down for the band, new ventures continue to pick up for me personally: I’ve updated my home recording studio with some VERY cool new gear, I’ve written new songs for my next studio CD, and have already started recording in Lexington, Kentucky (my hometown, by the way!) at Shangri-La Productions with producer/engineer Duane Lundy and a list of all-star musicians. I couldn’t be more excited!  In addition to recording in the studio, I’m also filming a brand new music video for one of my new singles “Love”.  The video is scheduled for release at midnight on New Years Eve. Please stayed tuned… I can’t wait to kick in 2015 with some LOVE!

Kelly Richey at Shangri-La Productions and Beard House Media

Along with writing and recording, most of you know I teach guitar one-on-one from my home base in Cincinnati.  I also give guitar lessons via video Skype to people from around the world.  In addition, I’m a TrueFire guitar instructor for the world’s biggest online guitar instruction website.  The TrueFire Team flew me to their studios in Florida this past summer to record my first series of TrueFire guitar video instruction, called appropriately, “Blues Grit”!  The pre-release of my Blues Grit series is scheduled to launch next week on December 4th. This is an exciting time for me with so many great projects happening: a new CD in the works, new music video, the release of my TrueFire “Blues Grit” guitar instruction video series, band and stand-alone concerts booked, and now not one, not two, but THREE ways to connect with me for guitar instruction and music coaching!

We have a new Holiday Special to announce for Kelly Richey fans ONLY: all eight of Kelly Richey’s CD’s (that are currently in print) for only $99.00– and as a VERY special bonus you’ll also get the digital download link for Kelly Richey’s COMPLETE CD catalog for free.  Yes, that’s everything Kelly’s ever recorded!  Here’s how it works: from Kelly’s website store, purchase Kelly Richey’s (hardcopy) CD catalog bundle– she’ll autograph all eight of the CD’s, then we’ll send your CD bundle to your doorstep immediately.  Upon purchase, you’ll receive a digital download link to download Kelly’s COMPLETE CD catalog to your desktop or mobile device. Happy Holidays!

Gift Certificates available for Kelly Richey’s Guitar Lessons and Video Instruction Bundles!  Purchase Gift Certificates for a guitar lessons with Kelly Richey. You can give Kelly Richey as a gift this season!  1 lesson for $50, 2 lessons for $125, or a Special Hliday Bonus— 4 lessons with Kelly Richey and 60 days access to Kelly Richey’s Complete “Blues On Steroids” Video Instruction Series: Volumes 1, 2 and 3 for only $99.  This is a value of $175, so save now and give the gift of learning to someone you know featuring one of the most experienced, powerful and passionate guitar instructors you will ever come across.  If you purchase a gift certificate, you will receive (in the mail) an autographed card with details on how to contact Kelly to set up lesson times. For the “Blues On Steroids” series bundle, gift recipients will receive a link for immediate access to all of the videos in Kelly’s guitar instruction library.

As always, none of this would be possible without YOU, my fans, my friends, and continued supporters.  It’s YOU that “rocks”– and I’d like to thank each and every one of you for your support!  I couldn’t do this without you!

Thank you!

The Kelly Richey Team

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