Kelly Richey’s Main Guitar Influences

Kelly Richey’s Main Guitar Influences

History and Players Overview:

Kelly Richey’s Main Guitar Influences featured in “Focus On: Blues Rock Power Trio” Series:
I give you an overview of the history and key players that have made up the landscape of the blues and blues-rock power trio’s that have influenced my style… and the styles of so many other players. Players like Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen, Billy Gibbons, Joe Walsh, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck and Alex Lifeson.  I’ll talk a little bit about their individual rhythm sections and how their rhythm section influenced and supported the way they played guitar.  I will also talk about their guitar selection, over-all tone, and the gear used to create some of the most amazing guitar sounds we have to learn from.  So let’s get started!

Main Guitar Influences:

Jimi Hendrix was my first influence and from him I learned the importance of sustain, delay, distortion, tube amps, speaker configuration, delays and the use of other effects for live performance and recording.  Billy Gibbons taught me articulation, tone, precision and how to be an essential part of a three-piece rhythm generating machine.  Led Zeppelin opened the door to power chords, riff driven, groove based rhythms and leads; the importance of creating musical space, articulation, speed, and also some chaos with a method to the madness as they joined both rhythmically— with a form of syncopation I’d never experienced.

Led Zeppelin – Whole Lotta Love (Live Video):

Eric Clapton and Cream Live was where I learned to jam with others and interact in a more tightly woven connection with a band, allowing a more complicated drummer approach to be my foundation rather than something I had to play to (or with).  Eddie Van Halen took everything I had learned about simplicity and added a layer of technical ability that no one had ever seen.  I was heavily influenced by Eddie’s guitar tone and loved how Eddie Kramer mixed his guitar panned hard to one side in the mix while adding reverb panned hard to the opposite side, so a single guitar track sounded like you were in a stadium.  This was a drastic departure from the psychedelic sound of the 1960’s and early 1970’s guitar sound.  I never did a lot of tapping like Eddie, but I did begin to pull in pinch harmonics like I first discovered being used by Billy Gibbons.

Eric Clapton with Cream – Crossroads:


Another big influence was Joe Walsh and the James Gang. For instance, Funk #49, a powerful riff-driven song with a groove that pulled from blues, rock, and funk. Then came SRV and I found myself getting back to the basics of guitar tone and eventually learned that tone started in your hands and on the neck of your guitar; from there the sound is amplified, not the inverse.

SRV had the biggest overall impact on my playing by influencing my right hand.  By the time SRV hit the scene I had developed all the speed I was going to develop and his right hand technique helped me take my playing to a whole new level by adding a left and right hand muting technique for either a funky sound or a “flat tire” approach when playing with a shuffle.  SRV’s ability to bend strings, command righteous tone out of each and every note of his guitar was something that sent me on a quest for the perfect tone, maximum amount of sustain, and overall groove that would rock people to the edge of their chairs.  His ability to emote drew me in.

And then there as Roy Buchanan, quite possibly my favorite guitar player.  I saw Roy play live three times and all three times he played as a three piece.  Roy played with emotion and precision I’d never experienced, and he raised the bar even higher in my search of taking a “journey” with my guitar and creating a conversation with music alone.

Jeff Beck Wired and Blow by Blow was woven in along the way, showing me an example of a player that used his fingers instead of a pick.  Jeff also used his whammy bar differently than any other guitarist I’d seen.  Frank Marino and Mahogany Rush sprinkled in influence, as well…. and I almost forgot, Alex Lifeson of RUSH.

 

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The Eighth Annual Blues-A-Thon

The Eighth Annual Blues-A-Thon

I’m honored to be a special guest at the Eighth Annual Blues-A-Thon for the Uptown Music Collective! Check out what this community music school is doing– it’s truly amazing! I wish there was one of these in every city!

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The Eighth Annual Blues-A-Thon

Blues legend Johnny Winter was quoted as saying “I think the blues will always be around. People need it”.  The Uptown Music Collective’s 8th Annual Blues-A-Thon  will show you that the blues is most definitely still around and very much needed!

WHO: The Uptown Music Collective

WHAT: The 8th Annual Blues-A-Thon

WHEN: 7pm, Friday, June 3rd thru 7pm, Saturday, June 4th (24 hr Event)

WHERE: 7pm to 9pm – First Friday on Pine St. (Downtown Williamsport)
 9pm to 12pm – Uptown Music Collective
12pm to 7pm – BB&T Bank Stage (next to the Community Arts Center)

The Blues-A-Thon, sponsored in part by the Billtown Blues Association, is a unique fundraiser that has been held annually since 2009, and is intended to raise money to support the Uptown Music Collective, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit school of music.

Through the course of the event, participants explore different styles of blues, from Chicago blues to the rocking blues of Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, with many of the hour or two hour slots acting as workshops on individual playing styles of artists like BB. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf along the way.

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House Concert Crosby Tennessee

House and Forest Concert

 

House Concert Crosby Tennessee:
An extraordinary solo electric/acoustic
evening with the Master of the Stratocaster!

Guitarist, life coach, writer, and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio:
Saturday, May 14
Dinner at 6 PM, Music at 7

Make plans to attend and RSVP to Bill soon!
We’re expecting Kelly’s show to fill up fast.

Details and Directions:

House and Forest Concert

House Concert – Cosby Tennessee: The evening will begin with a potluck dinner. Each guest is invited to bring a potluck dish to share. This can be your own creation, or something “boughten”. House and Forest is vegetarian friendly. We’ll supply dishes, utensils, glasses and cups, and plenty of Bill’s own handmade wines. Our house concerts are BYOB, so bring anything else you’d like to drink.
We will begin dinner at 6 PM. Kelly will begin her performance after dinner and everyone has settled in. She’ll be performing on solo electric guitar with electronic accompaniment, also on acoustic guitar. There’ll be one intermission.

Typically, we’ll wrap up by 10 PM, but guests are welcome to stay awhile after the music ends. If you would like to spend the night in Cosby, make reservations with Creekwalk Inn at Whisperwood Farms which is just back up Middle Creek Road from House and Forest Concerts. There is also the Cub Motel in Cosby, and a number of chain hotels at I-40 exit 435 in Newport.

House and Forest Concert

We limit attendance to 35 guests so things don’t get overly crowded. Our suggested donation of $20 per person can be made during the evening. All donation proceeds will go directly to Kelly Richey. She will have CDs and merchandise available for purchase.

Please send your RSVP email with number attending in your group, to Bill Allen at [email protected], or call 423-487-5931. We are expecting Kelly’s show to fill up quickly, so don’t wait if you’re planning to come.

Directions from Knoxville: Take I-40 east to exit 435, the second Newport exit. At the end of the ramp, turn right on 32/321. A few miles from the interstate, turn right at the first “T,” and turn left at the second “T,” both times staying on 32/321. Take the next right onto Middle Creek Road, at the sign for Creekwalk Inn at Whisperwood Farms.
Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Directions:

Directions from Knoxville: Take I-40 east to exit 435, the second Newport exit. At the end of the ramp, turn right on 32/321. A few miles from the interstate, turn right at the first “T,” and turn left at the second “T,” both times staying on 32/321. Take the next right onto Middle Creek Road, at the sign for Creekwalk Inn at Whisperwood Farms

About 2.5 miles along Middle Creek Road, watch for the House and Forest welcome sign at the left and turn into our driveway. Drive back to the house, and find a parking spot, along the driveway if possible. Make sure not to block the road as guests will be coming and going throughout the evening. We’ll help you find a spot! It takes about one hour to get here from downtown Knoxville. Our address is 711 Middle Creek Road, Cosby, TN 37722. For a Google Map, click the icon on the left.

About House and Forest
Your hosts for House and Forest Concerts are Bill Allen and Dawn Pekarchick. HAFC has been presenting house concerts for nearly ten years. Our past performers include Stephen Bennett, Bill Mize, Tony McManus, Clive Carroll, Harpeth Rising, Kira Small, and many others.

NEW Guitar Instruction Website Launching Soon

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK YOUR BLUES AWAY…?

NEW Guitar Instruction Website Launching Soon!

I’m excited to announce that I will be launching a NEW website dedicated to solely to guitar instruction!  My new website will be designed to support guitar players who want to rock out to the Blues and learn to do so from the comfort of their own homes!  I will feature an extensive video instruction library, a special “members only” area with discounts on guitar lessons, merchandise, live shows, access to over 250 guitar instruction videos, rhythm tracks, tab, and one-on-one lessons where I design a targeted lesson tailored to your learning style and needs.  I’ll help support you in your learning process no matter what level you may be at— beginner, intermediate, or advanced.  I will also be reaching out to you female guitarists out there— I understand your unique needs and the difficulties you might face in learning to play the guitar.  I’ll also share my 30-plus years of recording, touring, songwriting, and the whole business aspect of being an “indie” musician.  Stay tuned and don’t forget to  turn up!

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KELLY RICHEY: Blues Rock Guitar Teacher
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

One-On-One Video Skype guitar instruction allows students anywhere in the world to take lessons directly from Kelly Richey!  Stay in the comfort of your own home while Kelly streams live on your computer for your interactive scheduled lesson. Kelly Richey has 30 years experience being a touring musician, and she is also a highly regarded guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date, since the mid-1980’s. She’s an expert at designing personalized lesson plans for students of all levels.  With individualized lesson plans, students are free to move at their own learning pace. Whether you are a beginning guitar student in need of basic instruction, or you’re an intermediate student in a learning rut, Kelly Richey can help.  Or, are you are an advanced student in need of your own personal “guitar coach” to inspire you with new tips and techniques?  Kelly Richey has a master plan for successfully teaching all students to play the guitar with efficiency, fluidity, confidence, hand strength, and precise timing. Purchase one lesson at a time, or purchase lessons in a bundle and save. Are YOU ready to rock?

Kelly Richey at the Hambone Blues Fest_1_Photo by Sonya ZieglerARE YOU A FEMALE GUITAR PLAYER?

Girls, Are you ready to rock? Do you need a teacher who you can connect with?

Girls, Are you ready to rock? Do you need a teacher who understands your needs? As a female guitarist who’s spent my career touring and playing in a male dominated world, I know what it takes to compete! I have specialized tips and techniques, hand strengthening exercises, and finger exercises, designed to help you succeed!

Have you taken lessons from male teachers and feel they don’t understand some of your difficulties getting around on the fretboard? I had these exact same issues when I first began playing guitar, so I can relate! I have had many female students come to me over the years because they felt awkward and not understood by their male instructors. I have a unique ability to work with female players to help them develop hand strength, dexterity, gender-specific techniques, and how to leverage and build upon their own unique qualities. All ages and talent levels are welcome!

Kelly Richey Blues On Steroids

Guitar Instruction Video Library

Immediate Access to over 250 of my online guitar instruction videos! Professionally recorded rhythm tracks, discounts on merchandise, and lots more!

In my special MEMBERSHIP area, my Blues On Steroids Video Series, Blues Grit Video Series, and Focus On Blues-Rock Power Trio Video Series are offered as online videos— with instant access, and NO TIME LIMIT FOR VIEWING. Each of these three learning video series allows students at any level to learn at their own pace, anytime, anywhere. You can review lessons at your leisure, from the comfort of your own home. The Blues On Steroids video series is jam packed with expert instruction, including all of my insider tips and tricks— plus each volume features professionally recorded drum and bass rhythm tracks to practice along to. My Blues On Steroids video guitar instruction series can be purchased as stand-alone guitar instruction, or it can be purchased for support material when taking guitar lessons from me, either privately, or through my guitar instruction via video Skype.

Here’s what you get:

• Immediate access to over 250 online guitar instruction videos
• Tab and Professional Rhythm Tracks so you can jam while you learn
• 15% off all Kelly Richey Merchandise at my on-line store
• Discount on 1-ON-1 guitar lessons
• VIP access to Kelly Richey live shows
• Exclusive guitar gear reviews and guitar rig setup

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Guitar Instruction Workshops
Schools, Universities, Festivals, Music Stores, House Parties

Kelly Richey offers 90 minute guitar instruction workshops. The price of the workshop includes a BONUS: each person that attends the workshop receives an all-access pass to my Blues On Steroids Complete Online Video Instruction Library-Volumes 1, 2, 3 for 30 days free of charge.  At the workshop students will be given a link to access to over 185 videos (that’s over seventeen and a half hours of video instruction!) — everything I cover in the workshop is included in the video library for students to review.  The library has tab and rhythm tracks included as well, so students have something professional and fun to jam with.

In the workshop I cover my unique way of breaking down the neck of the guitar. Students will learn an easy system for understanding chords, pentatonic scales and how to use them. I have one of the fastest and easiest “road maps” for learning chords and playing lead that you’ll ever find.  Finally, I’ll have my rig set up for the audience to look at. My new solo rig is intense and gear heads will love it!  I’ll be happy to do a Q & A at the end as people usually have a lot of questions. I have a new video of my guitar rig on my website that students can watch as a followup!

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Music On The Couch

Music On The Couch Episode #319
Dennis Jones, Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea, CKNM Benny Turner & Kelly Richey

Listen to “Music On The Couch” Broadcast – Monday, April 4th,

“Music On The Couch” – Episode #319

We actually begins the show with a visit from Sonia Outlaw-Clark will join me to talk about this year’s Exit 56 Blues Festival, which is held in Brownsville, TN on Memorial Day weekend.

Then I speak with Dennis Jones.  Dennis was a part of the Zac Harmon Band that won the 2004 International Blues Challenge.  Since then he has been a fixture on the West Coast Blues Scene, has been a judge for the IBC and a presenter at the BMAs.  His new album is entitled Both Sides Of The Track, and we will talk with Dennis about his life and career while we listen to tunes from the album.

Then Joyann Parker & Sweet Tea will join me.  Out of Minnesota, the band represented the MN Blues Society at the 2016 IBC.  We’ll talk about their lives and experiences at IBC and their new release, On The Rocks.

Benny Turner returns for Couch Kid New Music to talk about When She’s Gone the follow-up to his acclaimed album Journey.  We’ll find out what has been going on in Benny’s life.

Kelly Richey also returns for Couch Kid New Music.  Kelly is one of the original Couch Kids, first taking a seat way back in 2010.  Her newest release is Shakedown Soul and Kelly and I will chat about what has been going on since her last visit just about a year ago when she released two of these songs and we got to World Premier them.

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Truefire Presents Kelly Richey Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio

Truefire Presents Kelly Richey Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio

Turefire Presents: Kelly Richey “Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio” Guitar Instruction Series #2!  If you’re a guitar player, or know someone who is, be sure to check out Kelly Richey’s NEW guitar instruction series on what it takes to be a guitarist in a blues/rock power trio.  After 25 years of experience fronting her own power trio, The Kelly Richey Band, Kelly Richey knows what it takes– from making a recording, developing your own unique sound, working with a rhythm section, and taking you to the stage for live performance!

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Kelly Richey’s: Focus On: Blues-Rock Power Trio
An examination of blues-rock guitar in a trio setting

There’s nothing more exhilarating for a guitarist than taking center stage and fronting a power trio. Witness the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton and so many other masters of this genre. It’s also a lot more challenging than it looks and that’s the premise for Kelly Richey’s Power Trio course, which focuses on the key elements, creative approaches and techniques that define the genre.

”We’re going to focus on the essential techniques and specific elements that are used when playing guitar in a blues-rock power trio. We’ll look at rhythm and lead guitar techniques and how they overlap, working together seamlessly to create a powerful wall of sound. I’ll also focus on the importance of creating musical ‘holes’, the power of creating space and how to work with a drummer and bass player to create a unique sound that best supports your guitar style.”

Kelly organized this course into four sections. In the first section, Kelly overviews the history of Blues/Rock Power Trios and some of the key players of the genre. Kelly also runs down the most common gear and tone considerations you’ll need to dial in to get that signature power trio blues-rock sound…..

READ MORE AND WATCH THE PROMOTIONAL VIDEO

Guitar Radio Show

Guitar Radio Show

Date: March 2, 2016
By: Mark Daven
Description: Tinsley Ellis joins us to talk about the Blues and his latest release “Tough Love”. Plus, Kelly Richey stops by to talk about “Shakedown Soul”

About the Show

To Listen: Click Here

Tinsley Ellis and Kelly Richey

Rockin’ your earbuds since 2012!

Dedicated to all things GUITAR, the Guitarist/Guitar builder/Gear maker and seller of great guitars that you don’t know about but should!

The Guitar Radio Show’s concept goes back to 2007, originally proposed to Sirius Radio just as Sirius was merging with XM.  It was originally proposed as a 24 hour a day channel called “The Instrument” that played guitar music, had gear talk shows and live feeds from every major guitar oriented event around the world. But the state of flux the company was going through and the state of the economy prohibited that partnership.
Creator Mark Daven decided to put the idea down for awhile until planning his move to Austin TX, where he saw a new opportunity in the pod casting world. As a lifelong musician, Mark experienced his own challenges through his career and like any player always looked for an opportunity to have his music played, which is why he created the Guitar Radio Show. “With the music industry in it’s current state of stagnation and guitarist’s not getting their due we feel there’s a lot of amazing players out there and were here to let the world about them”.

How to listen to the show

Guitar Radio Show is available everywhere you might expect a podcast to be found. We are on iTunes, Sticher, and if you want to be old school, you can subscribe to our RSS Feed!

Kelly Richey Band Show Highlights from Callahan’s Music Hall

Kelly Richey Band Show Highlights from Callahan’s Music Hall

This past weekend The Kelly Richey Band played Callahan’s Music Hall, which is one of our all time favorite music venues in the midwest.  We had an amazing crowd, and we hit the stage on fire to perform material from our new CD, “Shakedown Soul”.  We shot some video during the performance and added a few clips to YouTube so you can experience what you missed or, perhaps, what you were part of that evening!

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Sister’s Gotta Problem:

The band is off for March and April and I will be performing a number of solo electric and acoustic shows at various venues in in the region, as well as a house concert in Northern, Kentucky.  If you are interested in details about attending this house concert, please contact me directly as seats are limited and details of exact location are kept private except for ticket holders (for the privacy of the host).

NOTE: The new CD is receiving many wonderful reviews in the USA, Canada, and Europe!  This week, ’Shakedown Soul” was #2 on WMHB Top 40 Blues Chart for FEB 2016, just to highlight one of many strong reports!

Check out these photos from Sonya Ziegler from our Callahan’s show!

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Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Reflections In Blue – Bill Wilson CD Review

Reflections In Blue – Bill Wilson CD Review

Kelly Richey
Shakedown Soul
Sweet Lucy Records KRB 1143

Shakedown Soul - Cover squareThis one is for the diehard blues/rocker…straight-ahead, no apologies, in your face hard core rock with blues undertones throughout.  This band knows the blues from the roots up but has a love for the hardcore rock aspect.  Richey has been around the block a time or two and plays it like she feels it.  This is Richey’s 16th album in the course of her 35 years as a singer/songwriter and guitar slinger, known for her fiery style and devil may care attitude.  Where Kelly is concerned, it is straight-ahead, what you see is what you get.  Her songs are based on life experience that has had its share of ups and downs, with nothing in between…or so it seems.  This is a woman who lives hard and plays hard.  She is backed by a band that shares her view every step of the way.  With Rikk Manning on bass, Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue on drums & percussion and Lee Carroll on keys they have all their bases covered.  They get an assist on various cuts from Robby Cosenza on drums and percussion and Blake Cox on bass, as needed.  More than Muddy Waters and Buddy Guy, I hear influences from Jimi Hendrix and perhaps even a bit of Black Sabbath and the like here and there.  Whether it’s the style I prefer or not, no one can argue with Kelly’s talents where guitar is concerned…and her vocals have the sound of one who has seen a life spent in barrooms and pool halls.  Call it hardcore if you like, this has the sound of life lived on the dark side of town.  There’s no pretty “Pollyanna” stuff here…just life on life’s term, and we all know that it is not always pretty.  Think what you will, Kelly Richey is here to stay. — Bill Wilson

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

This week The Kelly Richey Band returns to Callahan’s Music Hall this Saturday, February 27th, 8pm.  This music venue is a stand out in the music circuit today: the performance space is ALL about music, so be sure to order your tickets now to reserve your table.  Calahan’s offers food, so be sure to come early.  This will be a Kelly Richey Band CD Release Party for my new album Shakedown Soul, so we plan to rock the greater Detroit Rock City area harder than ever!

The Kelly Richey Band
Saturday, February 27th – 8pm
Callahan’s Music Hall
2105 South Boulevard
Auburn Hills, MI
Venue phone: (248) 858-9508

Get your tickets now: Click Here

Callahan's Music Hall - The Kelly Richey BandAs always, the band had a great time playing the legendary “Martha’s Midway Tavern Music and Dance Hall” this past Saturday night. The Midway is located just outside of South Bend, Indiana in the town of Mishawaka.  Albertina, the club’s owner, was there and she was dressed to the nine’s!  If you don’t know the history on this club, be sure to read the story, as this is a very special historic landmark for music venues in this country!

Anbertims and Kelly Richey at the Midway Tavern

This was our CD release party and the first time Tobe and Rikk played the Midway, so the crowd was packed and we killed it from the first to last note!  We hope everyone had a great time!

Check out these great photos from the show from our band photographer Sonya Ziegler:

Kelly Richey Band at Midway Tavern 2016-Photos by Sonya Ziegle

Now that about sums it up!!!  Rikk Manning, Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue, Kelly Richey

Kelly Richey Band at Midway Tavern 2016-Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Band at Midway Tavern 2016-Photos by Sonya Ziegler

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Kelly Richey Band at Midway Tavern 2016-Photos by Sonya Ziegler OH NO– looks like he’s gonna shoot!

TrueFire Presents Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio

TrueFire Presents Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio with Kelly Richey

Hey everybody! I have a new TrueFire guitar instruction series about to launch. It’s called Focus On Blues/Rock Power Trio. I’m really excited about this series and had a blast putting it together! The staff at TrueFire really ROCK! Here’s the link if you want to check it out: Kelly Richey’s Focus On: Blues-Rock Power TrioTrueFire-Focus-On-Blues-Rock_Power_Trio

 

About Kelly Richey’s Pre-Order: Focus On:
Blues-Rock Power Trio

An examination of blues-rock guitar in a trio setting

News & Updates – The Kelly Richey Band

News & Updates – The Kelly Richey Band

This week The Kelly Richey Band takes the stage at the Midway Tavern in the greater South Bend, IN area!  This is one of my all time favorite music venues to play! You can check out my new rhythm section and I’ll have a new CD– Shakedown Soul. Come have some fun and please spread the word!

Feb 20th  – The Kelly Richey Band – 9:00pm
Martha’s Midway Tavern – Mishawaka, IN

Feb 27th – The Kelly Richey Band – 8:00pm
Callahan’s Music Hall – Auburn Hills, MI
Kelly Richey Band - Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2016 - Photos by Sonya Ziegler
Kelly Richey Band:

Here is the Kelly Richey Band lineup for 2016! Back by popular demand featuring Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue on drums, and Rikk Manning on bass guitar. WOW! I had more fun and positive fan responses in 2015 than in any other year in regard to my rhythm section. I can’t wait to hit the stage with these guys again in 2016. We’ll be dishing out a new FRESH set of material (with some older KRB favorites here and there) with a killer new sound from my new CD release, “Shakedown Soul” that is totally ROCKIN’…! I’m so excited to be sharing the stage with these uber talented and genuinely nice guys. We are definitely going have a blast, and we can’t wait to rock the house for our fans!

Kelly Richey Band - Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2016 - Photos by Sonya Ziegler
RIKK MANNING BIO:

From Dayton, Ohio, Rikk is a rock solid, high energy bassist demonstrating blistering technical skill, solid groove, pure energy, and a few unique tricks up his sleeve. He displays a wide range of ability working in genres from progressive rock/jazz fusion (performing with the Michael Harris Tranz-Fusion to hard funk (as a writing and performing member of Funtime Freddy — all the way to classic R&B and jazz standards (performing with vocal/bass duo The Mannings. That just names a few of the musicians that Rikk has worked with during his extensive career.

Rikk is not only an accomplished performer, he is a composer and producer in his own right. Rikk’s debut solo single “Right out of the Gate” featuring performances from powerhouses Chris Carver on keys, John Arthur Gentry Jr. on guitar, Jason Palmer on drums, and special guest Philip Lassiter on trumpet was released in March 2015. The single is true to the style of Rikk’s influences, such as: Stanley Clarke, Larry Graham, James Jamerson, Geddy Lee, Adam Nitti, Jaco Pastorius, Jermaine Morgan, Marcus Miller, Rocco Prestia, Roger Waters, and Victor Wooten.

Rikk recently joined forces with the Kelly Richey Band and has this to say: ”The opportunity to collaborate and perform with Kelly Richey could not have come at a more perfect time in my career. Raw power and technical prowess rooted in blues is exactly where I want to stretch my musical legs right now. Being able to get out on the festival circuit this summer to share this passion with Kelly and her dedicated fan base is a true pleasure!”

Rikk is a family man with a wife and two young daughters. He and his wife are very involved and connected to the community in their small town outside of Dayton, Ohio. His family sponsors several events throughout the year for the Carrie Vanderbeek Memorial, which is a yearly scholarship awarded through Muse Machine of Dayton, Ohio to help one graduate of Valley View High School interested in the study of the arts pay for college tuition.

Rikk played bass on the new Kelly Richey album, “Shakedown Soul”, lending his ultra talented musicianship to the record for a fresh new sound that delightfully holds the bottom end down in ways that take the craft of bass playing to amazing new heights.

Kelly Richey Band - Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2016 - Photos by Sonya Ziegler
TOBE “TOBOTIUS” DONOHUE BIO:

Tobe Donohue is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and has been producing music and performing with some of the biggest names in hip-hop and modern music for years. Head engineer and producer for the last fifteen years for Bootzilla Productions, Tobe’s worked with Bootsy Collins in the studio and shot commercials with athletes including LeBron James and big name actors like Samuel L. Jackson.

Tobe played in the alt rock group, “LAZY ROCKET” for 10 years as a drummer, DJ and programmer (sequencer sampling, etc.), and he’s played with Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Buckethead, Color Me Badd, DJ Hit-Tek, Creeper Lagoon, Glue, Headtronicks, MC Paul Barman. Currently, in addition to the Kelly Richey Band, Tobe is performing with Iswhat?!, Algorhythmix, Weathered Feather, Piahkhan, and Fam Gemz.

Tobe also runs his own record label and studio, Manimal Records, established in 2001. As a side project Tobotius and Freekbass also performed together as Freekbot. In addition, Tobe heads Animal Crackers, the US champions in 2007 of the coveted Technics DMC Award.

In 2014, Tobe produced “The Kelly Richey Band LIVE at The Blue Wisp”, and since February 2015 he has filled the role of Richey’s production engineer for building her new solo show. In addition, Tobe engineered and produced Richey’s upcoming CD “Shakedown Soul” and also played drums for the record, incorporating DJ scratching and sequencing. In Spring of 2015, he took to the stage as Richey’s drummer for the years’ festival shows, and will continue doing so in 2016.
Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2016

Cincy Winter Blues Fest 2016

The Kelly Richey Band hit the stage right after the amazing Carolyn Wonderland at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest last night.  This annual, well-attended event was held in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, at the stately Phoenix.  The beautiful, historic building was packed full of blues fans and blues musicians.  The weather was perfect (well, for a Cincinnati winter night, that is!) and the timing couldn’t have been better all the way around for KRB, as we got to play our new show in our very own hometown AND release our new album “Shakedown Soul” to our fans in person!

Rikk Manning (bass) and Tobe Donohue (drums, DJ scratching) were absolutely on fire, and each song felt like I was driving a well-designed freight train with just the the tips of my fingers!  We had a blast, so if this is any sign of what lies ahead for us this year, I can’t wait to see how far we take this musical experience!  We can’t wait to tour and bring our music to YOU and our fans all over the country!

Here’s some photos taken by my long-time band photographer Sonya Ziegler— from front and center row:

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Riff Magazine

Riff Magazine

The new copy of Riff Journal just came out and I’m honored to be a featured artist this issue! I’d like to thank the TrueFire team for including me– Jeff Scheetz, for writing the article, Alison Hasbach, for the great photos, and Brad Wendkos for running such a cool organization!  YOU guys ROCK!!!

Check out the magazine– the article is on page 34. Enjoy!

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Here’s the Q & A the article was written from– thank you Jeff Scheetz!

How old were you when you started playing guitar?

I started playing guitar when I was 15 years old.

Did you play anything else before or since?

I grew up playing piano.  My mother was classically trained, so there was always a piano in our living room.  I started taking weekly piano lessons when I was 5 or 6 years old and continued through 7th grade.

My next door neighbor had a set of drums I used to play, and one day he offered to let me borrow them so I could play them at my house instead of his. Yay!  Then, one day my Dad said to me, “Kelly, if you quit playing those drums I’ll buy you whatever you want!”  So, that’s when I got my first guitar!

You tour a lot – what is it about touring that you like – that keeps you going back for more? (How many shows do you do per year?)

I like the challenge— you never know what’s going to happen once you hit the road.  Weather, travel conditions, band dynamics, vehicle issues, traffic, and/or other events you compete against from town to town.  There are so many variables you just can’t worry about what might happen, but rather you train yourself to stay focused on what is. I’ve seen parts of the country I would have never seen, met people I would have never met, woven in and out of cultures I would have never experienced, and become aware of how different— yet how much alike we all really are.  I do most of my thinking when I’m driving. I work out song ideas in hotel rooms, take those riffs and different jams to the stage and see what kind of response I get from my band and from the audience.

I started touring in 1986 with a band on Arista records called Stealin’ Horses.  We played all over the USA, playing as many as 275 shows per year.  That was grueling!  I was with that band on and off from 1986 to 1990.  In 1991, I started the Kelly Richey band.  I built a local, then regional fan base, released my first record in 1994, and started touring nationally in 1997 with the release of my 4th CD “Eyes Of A Woman”.  For the next 13 years I toured all over the USA and Canada with several tours to Europe as well.  I averaged 200 plus shows per year.  In 2010, I took a much needed year-long break from touring and then returned to the road in 2011— averaging 100 plus shows that year.  I find recording albums and touring to go hand-in-hand, and both are a crucial component in my life as an artist.

Touring is hard and it takes it’s toll on musicians, but it’s the main way to get your music out there and it helps hone one’s skills. For me, touring is about hitting the stage and seeing what I’m made of: as a player, a person, and as an artist.  There are things you can’t know about yourself without putting yourself on the front line and going for it. Things happen when you tour… good and bad, easy and hard.  Some nights you play a great venue and the house is packed, other nights it’s not a great venue and only a few people are there.  You always have to do your best, and you have to be thick-skinned enough to weather whatever you’re faced with and still find a way to allow yourself to become vulnerable AND perform well when you hit the stage.

Touring is not for everyone, and I can honestly say that I’ve always found it to be hard and fairly unappealing in many respects; however, I LOVE to play and it’s the only way I know to get an entirely new audience each and every night of my life.  Each town and each situation is unique, and so are the individuals sitting in every seat.

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What is the most difficult thing about touring these days? Have you seen anything change in touring over the years?

The landscape of music has drastically changed since I first started touring.  The club scene is not what it use to be, with the development of 500 cable stations, the internet bringing in so many affordable forms of entertainment into your living room, and artists’ of all stages of development having access to recording makes the airwaves and internet filled (if not saturated) with music, photos, sales pitches, stories and ads.  It takes a lot to get peoples’ attention nowadays, and I’m constantly reminded that the most important thing is to be real, be who you are, and share that with your audience.  You must remain relevant in today’s market, and you must give your audience a reason to connect with you because there are too many choices and people have to genuinely want to care and feel connected.

The hard costs of touring have doubled, and in some case tripled! Gas, hotels, vehicle maintenance, and food have all gone up— and pay is seldom guaranteed, but rather based on ticket sales.  Often people don’t realize that an artist can drive 20 hours to play a show and he or she may not make a dime.  If you run your own band then your are responsible for paying your band members no matter what. The hard core realities are intense, and impact an artists’ mental, physical and emotional ability to perform and maintain healthy relationships.  CD’s are becoming souvenirs, and though they still cost the same to make and to promote, people can get your music for almost free online or from their friends.  The artist has to be smarter today than ever before, and creativity often plays out more in survival mode than in “artistic mode” but again, this business is for the hardcore “fire in the belly” types and not so much for those with any sense of an altruistic point of view. Please do not take me wrong, music can and should be enjoyed and supported on all levels, but if you’re going to try to support yourself with it, it’s a very different animal and you need to be prepared for the realities.

As a teacher what do you think is the most important thing to help students with?

I think there are a few key elements that need to be explored; first, what are your students’ personal music goals?  Second, what is your students’ learning style?  And third, what natural abilities exist so you can teach to their weaknesses and help them leverage their strengths?

1) The teacher should never confuse their goals for the student with the goals they have for themselves.  Find out what your student  wants to learn and help them assess what it will take for them to do so.  This is critical because learning to play the guitar is quite different than “mastering” an instrument.  Some students seek mastery and other students just want to play and have fun— one is no more important or admirable than the other; however, it’s important to identify these goals and design an effective practice routine that helps every student to succeed.

2) Learning style is critical.  Some students need to know “why” so theory and structure are going to be a key component in their ability to learn.  Other students find theory to be intimidating— and even an obstacle to learning, so a good teacher will find creative ways to teach theory while they learn, instead of as a means to learning. These are two very different approaches and both equally important.  A teacher should be prepared to meet the learning style of each student in a way that keeps the student inspired and excited to learn.

3) Find out what your students strengths and weaknesses are.  Some students may have natural ability, but have had very few opportunities to learn or to play.  Get to know your student, see what things come naturally and what things will come solely through learning and developing a skill set that may not be intuitive. This also plays into helping students develop the proper practice routine, and find out what exposure they’ve had to music; as well as identifying their possible natural ability and they what they want to accomplish, and how fast. This is yet another reason to help students develop the appropriate practice routine.  I always have students “play to their strengths and practice to their weaknesses” to insure a healthy balance of fun while helping them to achieve the results desired.

Final thought:  people are really busy so I never underestimate the importance of defining for them where to place their focus and their time.  As a teacher for over three decades, I find this to be very important.

You write, record, tour and teach – is it ever difficult balancing all those things and making sure you are doing your best in each area?

Yes and no.  For me they all work hand in hand. You need an album to promote yourself, and you need to promote yourself in order to book gigs successfully, and you need to tour successfully to sell records. All that builds clout with students who want to learn to play and preform. Writing is something that comes in waves for most artists, but it’s the dedication to the craft of writing that equals the artists’ ability to generate a complete body of work.  It’s a massive amount of work to do this on a professional level, and there have been times when I couldn’t see how I was going to pull things off… but you learn to do the next thing, stay focused and don’t freak out!

I just released my 16th album, and honestly, with the release of each CD, it never gets easier!  When you’re in the middle of things it’s hard to see and maintain perspective.  I can play the guitar, that’s not at question; but can I book gigs? Can I maintain a good band? Can I write music and remain relevant?  Can I remain healthy and strong enough to meet the physical endurance and sheer cost of being on tour?  And when I teach, can I show up, fully present to support and inspire students to learn and be their best?

I learn as much from teaching as I ever did when I took lessons, and I get better at my song writing craft with each album that I record. Playing live on stage is a constant opportunity to learn and grow, and it’s also an opportunity to discover what you need to learn.  In short, it’s all a very organic process and you really must have the passion to pull it all off. I’ve done this non-stop since I was 15, with one short break in 2010 to get healthy, get 100% sober and redirect “my path” for sustainable success.  I can honestly say it’s worth it, but in the middle of a snow storm in North Dakota with the highways shut down and no Starbucks in sight, some days I question my choices!  ;>)

What are your plans for the next year?

I just released my 16th album “Shakedown Soul”, and I have six solo shows and six Kelly Richey Band shows between now and the end of February to support the release of my new CD.  I will be shooting my next TrueFire series in mid-January, and this series will be a “Focus On” what it takes to play guitar in a power trio.  I’m excited about this series, as I’ve been a guitarist in a power trio the majority of my career and it’s very different than working with another guitar player or touring with keys.  This past year was my first time only playing festivals and concerts with my band (no club gigs), and fully developing a solo show that would allow me to have the greatest flexibility to travel, write, and remain excited by all that I’m doing.  I played just 30 show with my band this past year— and we honestly had a blast!  It was my best year ever!  I played almost 50 solo shows and carved out an amazingly strong platform for taking the high energy of my guitar style to the stage all by myself.  I use a crazy setup with a boss RC300 looper, Native Instruments Maschine Studio for drum beats and loops, a stereo guitar amp that allows me to create a wall of sound that puts a smile on my face all night long and keeps me fresh and looking forward to the shows where I hit the stage with my band: Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue on drums, scratching and DJ work; and Rikk Manning, who is a bass beast!  Tobe and Rikk have supported me in taking my playing, writing, and performances to a whole new level. I’ve honestly never been so excited to be playing music, except for when I got my first guitar!

I have an excellent team around me now.  I have an amazing band, a fresh new sound that blends electronica, funk, hard rock and blues; I have a new record that represents the best work I’ve ever done, and I have Sonya Ziegler, my photographer, consultant, editor, artistic director, and voice of reason behind the scenes.  Sonya has been instrumental in helping me select material and is a solid sounding board for me when I song write. I’m already starting to get booked up for 2016 with band shows and solo shows, so I’m very excited to see what’s in store for all of us!

In combination with performing and recording, teaching is woven into most days of my life.  I’m either catching up with my TrueFire students in my classroom, teaching someone in my studio one-on-one, or delivering a Skype lesson to someone somewhere in the world.  Teaching guitar is a major passion of mine!  I have a three-part video series I developed in my home studio called “Blues On Steroids” and it’s a deep dive into my playing style that covers rhythm, lead, theory, and all the tips, tricks, and techniques I use.  I find that creating videos gives me an added ability to support the needs of students and meets all forms of learning styles.  In conjunction with teaching, I am also a writing facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change; I do writing workshops and hold writing circles. And I run a non-profit organization called Music for Change.  I’m committed to help keep music and arts alive in our school system! You can find out more about M4C here– https://kellyrichey.com/m4c

You can read more about the making of the CD at the following link:
http://www.kellyricheymusic.com/if-you-wanna-rock/

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CD SHORT DESCRIPTION:

“Shakedown Soul” is Kelly Richey’s 16th album in her 35 year career as a Master guitar slinger.  The album is an unprecedented mix of urban/indie in-your-face, raucous rock n roll, blues, funky bass grooves, and synthesized electronica— complete with DJ scratching and drum loops; with added elements like horns, strings, and synth sequencing that combine to make “Shakedown Soul” a one-of-kind, phenomenal sonic wall of sound that will have you foot stomping and head banging one minute and completely mesmerized the next.  Richey’s husky alto vocals and raw, ultra personal songwriting will leave you introspective, speechless and wanting more. Her guitar work on this album is truly exceptional— the songs retain her signature Strat sound, but Richey steps out of the box to incorporate new melodies and synthesized guitar sounds that sit perfectly within the concept of the album.

“Shakedown Soul” is a studio album superbly mixed and mastered by 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. In “You Wanna Rock” and “Love” you can hear some of Richey’s early influences from bands like Led Zeppelin, Free, and Bad Company.  The song “Lies” is influenced by Sheryl Crow’s self titled album, and the tracks “Afraid To Die” and “The Artist In Me” are haunting tunes that reflect the influence producer Daniel Lanois and artist Emmy Lou Harris’s “Wrecking Ball” album had on her.  Add to that list “Just like A River” and you have three songs taken from Richey’s poetry and reflect her influence for artist Patti Smith— while musically being influenced from bands like the Smithereens and early Chrissy Hinds of the Pretenders.  “I Want To Run” draws on straight forward power chords and powerful riffs that pull from influences like Lenny Kravitz. “Only Going Up” and “I Want To Run” is where you’ll find a classic example of where rock and roll and electronica meet face to face! Richey approached the writing and recording from a strip-downed perspective, writing the majority of this material to both rock and hip-hop drum loops.  Heavily influenced by the work of early Black Keys, Jack White and Led Zeppelin, Richey handed her songs to Tobe to “do his thing”.  Richey said to Tobe and Rikk, “You make me cool and you make me relevant and I’ll make you rock!”  Indeed she did! Tobe brings his unique bend of heavy funk, electronica, D.J. production to each song, and Rikk manning completes the groove with his spectacular bass playing.

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!

News & Updates – The Kelly Richey Band

News & Updates – The Kelly Richey Band

This week The Kelly Richey Band takes the stage at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest!
The winter blues fest has an amazing line up this year – Friday & Saturday – February 5th & 6th.

02/06/16 – The Kelly Richey Band
Cincy Winter Blues Fest
Phoenix Club
812 Race St.
Cincinnati, OH
Time: 11:15pm
Venue phone: (513) 721-8901

02/20/16 – The Kelly Richey Band
Martha’s Midway Tavern
810 W 4th St.
Mishawaka, IN
Time: 9:00pm
Venue phone: (574) 255-0458

02/27/16 – The Kelly Richey Band
Callahan’s Music Hall
2105 South Boulevard
Auburn Hills, MI
Time: 8:00pm
Venue phone: (248) 858-9508KellyRicheyBandVideoShoot-Dec2015-PhotosbySonyaZiegler

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Our NEW CD will be available at the show!
Shakedown Soul:

“Shakedown Soul” is Kelly Richey’s 16th album in her 35 year career as a Master guitar slinger.  The album is an unprecedented mix of urban/indie in-your-face, raucous rock n roll, blues, funky bass grooves, and synthesized electronica— complete with DJ scratching and drum loops; with added elements like horns, strings, and synth sequencing that combine to make “Shakedown Soul” a one-of-kind, phenomenal sonic wall of sound that will have you foot stomping and head banging one minute and completely mesmerized the next.  Richey’s husky alto vocals and raw, ultra personal songwriting will leave you introspective, speechless and wanting more. Her guitar work on this album is truly exceptional— the songs retain her signature Strat sound, but Richey steps out of the box to incorporate new melodies and synthesized guitar sounds that sit perfectly within the concept of the album.  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!

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Photos by Sonya Ziegler

News & Updates

News & Updates: Kelly Richey Solo & The Kelly Richey Band

I just returned from a two-week tour that took me through Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia.  The tour kicked off with solo shows just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and then on down into Pensacola Beach, Florida.  After that, I taped the TrueFire shoot at the TrueFire studio in St. Petersburg for my next guitar instruction video “Focus On: Power Trio”, and on the way home we met the band for shows in the greater Knoxville area just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

On the way to my third show in Bradenton, Florida, my “old faithful” Dodge Sprinter tour van decided to take a broken-down permanent rest 95 miles from our destination. Transmission went out suddenly with no warning. Thankfully with Triple A Plus you get 100 miles of free towing—  and that’s exactly how I arrived in Sarasota, Florida for my show the following night at Ace’s Music venue!  We want to personally thank our dear friends Hugh and Christa Graham for their kindness and generosity in helping us logistically transfer gear, feed us, and put us up in their home while all this madness was going on… thank you so much!

While in St. Petersberg, Florida for the TrueFire shoot, I was purchased a new Dodge ProMaster City to use for solo shows while the “beast” is currently being repaired for the band shows during festival season.  I’ll have to fly back to sunny Florida to get the van, but with 8 degree weather here in Cincinnati, I’m not too worried about working that mission into my schedule ;>)

Here’s a list of what’s upcoming shows and appearances by Kelly Richey:

Thursday, January 21st, 2016:
Arts in Education program at Batesville Middle School
Kelly Richey will conduct three music programs, four songwriting workshops and put on a special live performance at the school that’s open to the public from 7pm to 8pm.

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016:
WNKU – Kelly Richey as Guest DJ w/ Ken Hanes
Roadhouse Blues Show 10pm til Midnight

Saturday, February 6th, 2016:
Cincy Blues Winter Blues Fest – 11pm
The Phoenix in Downtown Cincinnati, OH

Check out the awesome photos Sonya Ziegler took while we traveled, and check out Tobe Donohue and Rikk Manning killing it on the new material from “Shakedown Soul”!

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Tobe Donohue and Rikk Manning w/ The Kelly Richey Band at Barley’s in Maryville, TNKelly Richey Band at Barley's - photo by Sonya Ziegler

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Tobe Donohue w/ The Kelly Richey Band at Barley’s in Maryville, TN Kelly Richey Band at Barley's - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Rikk Manning w/ The Kelly Richey Band at Barley’s in Maryville, TN

Kelly Richey Band at Crossroads - photo by Sonya Ziegle

Kelly Richey, Tobe Donohue and Rikk Manning – The Kelly Richey Band at Crossroads in Peachtree City, GA

Kelly Richey at Aces Music - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Paradise in Aces Music in Bradenton, FL

Kelly Richey at Aces Music - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Paradise in Aces Music in Bradenton, FL

Kelly Richey at Paradise Bar - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Paradise in Pensacola Beach, FL

Kelly Richey at Paradise Bar - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Paradise in Pensacola Beach, FL

Kelly Richey at Kimbros - photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Paradise in Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN

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Kelly Richey at Paradise in Kimbro’s in Franklin, TN

Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul

Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul

While the world was celebrating the holidays, I managed to squeeze in three videos shoots for the new CD. In the next few days I’ll release the first of three videos; each video will focus on an aspect of my live performance: Kelly Richey Solo (acoustic), Kelly Richey Solo (electric), and The Kelly Richey Band.

Check out these new photos from the video shoot – Day Two:

Day two of the video shoot included my band, Tobe “Tobotitus” Donohue on drums ad Rikk Manning on bass guitar.  I’d like to give a big thank you to Kosmik Ray and Sonya Ziegler for the amazing light show and photos!

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The Kelly Richey Band Bio:
NOW BOOKING 2016 & 2017

Here is the Kelly Richey Band lineup for 2016!  Back by popular demand featuring Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue on drums, and Rikk Manning on bass guitar.  WOW!  I had more fun and positive fan responses in 2015 than in any other year in regard to my rhythm section.  I can’t wait to hit the stage with these guys again in 2016.  We’ll be dishing out a new FRESH set of material (with some older KRB favorites here and there) with a killer new sound from my new CD release, “Shakedown Soul” that is totally ROCKIN’…!  I’m so excited to be sharing the stage with these uber talented and genuinely nice guys.  We are definitely going have a blast, and we can’t wait to rock the house for our fans!

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Behind The Walls: Where Do Dreams Come From

Behind The Walls: Where Do Dreams Come From

My life as an artist has been that of comedy and tragedy: I learned to play the guitar before I learned to play “me”.  I’ve told my truth the very best that I can, but my truth has been trapped behind the walls of my soul for most of my life.  I post things on Facebook that lead people to believe that I’m happy, carefree, living the dream— and I am— living the dream, but sometimes even dreams hurt.  Dreams are just dreams, they don’t actually exist unless you make them happen and sometimes dreams never turn out the way you actually dream them.

Where do dreams come from, what do they mean, what do they cost? Here’s what I know about my “dream”:  I get to work from my coffee table at home, I go to bed when I want to, and I wake up when I want to, and nobody tells me what to do or how to do it.  I have a gym in my basement so I can work out, I have a nice but small recording studio that’s tailored to meet my needs, I buy guitar gear instead of sports cars, and I drink coffee instead of Martini’s. I interact with people mainly via email, FaceTime or Skype, and I only leave the house to eat at one of my two or three favorite restaurants. IMG_0183 (1) Behind the FaceBook posts are 16-hour days woven in with booking, gigs, promotion, social media, blog posts, office work, and writing as I’m moved, or in some cases heartbroken or feeling like no one cares. I fall asleep with my computer in my lap most nights, I listen to books on tapes, spiritual or philosophical bodies of work, I long for deep meaningful conversations with friends that know me, that “get me” and that long for the same, and I play guitar because I still actually love doing so.

My guitar is the one consistent connection I’ve had since I was 15 years old.  It’s never left, it’s never threatened to leave, it’s always been 100% honest in every sense of the word.  My guitar has reflected for me a level of truth that I’ve never known, and it’s not unkind and it’s always provided an equal amount of hope mixed in with the most intense set of challenges I’ve ever known because it’s the thing I chose to explore and to see what I was made of— that’s not to say that a piece of wood with strings could hold such power or that what it could bring could create meaning for my life; what I do mean by that statement is this:  It’s my measuring stick and it’s a part of me. It’s how I express things that words fail to express for me.  It’s something that when I’m one with it, magic happens and when I’m not, I know it.  There is a constant pull to explore connection with the hopes of it being an interface between the depths of my soul, my heart and the world around me.2_Kelly Richey_Guitar.JPG

What I just said presents my greatest problem— what the hell am I talking about, can the guitar really be that complex, isn’t it just a bunch of noise at the end of the day and a bunch of people clapping for someone with no real job, for someone who’s been fired from almost every job I ever had?  No, it’s a cry for love just like what each one of us does— it’s a cry for love— a cry to be seen and a cry to be heard, a cry to be understood and a cry to be touched and allowed to touch.

Some nights when I’m on stage, the sweat that pours down my face is laced with tears.  Sometimes when the show is over and I’m in yet another hotel room in some town somewhere, checking to make sure there’s no bed bugs, making sure my feet don’t actually touch the floor, washing my hands after I take a shower and putting a chair in front of my hotel door before I sleep— I wonder why I can’t get fired from this job too.  This job is what I’m called to do, and until lately, I haven’t understood what that really meant.   I was looking for some level of success, some end game strategy, some gold ring to prove the one thing I don’t need to prove— and that’s the fact that I can play a guitar and that’s one argument I’ve never had to weather.  I’m here to find me, to get “real” and to survive that very act, and if I can cultivate enough genuine love and compassion in my heart and I’m not too broken to give and not just think about what I’d like to do in my head but actually become vulnerable enough to do it, maybe I can share the mistakes I‘ve made in a way that can save someone else some of the pain I’ve felt and maybe I can share a few pieces of wisdom I’ve learned throughout my crazy journey.

IMG_0368I know things like where socks go when you can’t find them, how to keep a drivers license after 90 traffic violations, how to stay safe out in the world after 1,000,000 miles of travel, how to keep life-long friends, how to laugh instead of die, how to be honest with myself even if I can’t always verbalize it to others.  I know how to say I’m sorry and mean it, I know how to hurt someone and not mean it.  I know how to get free drinks until my life falls apart, create a reality that doesn’t even exist, and come in for a landing without a parachute. I know what angels look like and I know who “God” is.  I know that I have a guitar tuner and no matter what kind of music I play it works for me just as well as it works for the person playing county music, jazz, or punk.  It’s about connection and it’s about being in tune and it’s about truth and it’s about love.  Whatever we practice is what we get good at.  Whatever we play is what we know. Whatever we listen to is what we hear and whatever we look at is when we see.

It’s what’s behind the walls that has to find it’s way out, and that’s our life’s path.  We dream of what’s outside the walls, and it’s the connection between the two that fosters the state we find our self in.

By Kelly Richey

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Pentatonic Scales Made Easy

Breaking Down The Blues: Pentatonic Scales Made Easy

Pentatonic scales are the foundation for blues and blues/rock guitar soloing.  Most people break the pentatonic scales into five separate patterns, but I like to break them down into two basic patterns that expand.  The expanded patterns cover the entire neck of the guitar and allow you to play using your 1st and 3rd fingers for maximum power and mobility.  Throughout my years of teaching, I’ve found this system to be the fastest and most effective method for developing a “roadmap” for playing lead guitar.

DIAGRAM – ROOT 6 AND ROOT 5 BASIC

A “pentatonic scale” is a 5 note scale (penta) with it’s name coming from the root (tonic).  Here is an example of a root 6 and root 5 minor pentatonic scale in it’s basic form:

 

Kelly Richey - Minor-Pentatonics_Basic

 

DIAGRAM – ROOT 6 AND ROOT 5 EXPANDED
Here is an example of a root 6 and root 5 minor pentatonic scale in it’s expanded form:

Kelly Richey - Minor-Pentatonics_Basic-and-Expanded

Minor pentatonic scales work well with blues and blues/rock music because they consist of the 1st, 4th and 5th notes of the scale which musically supports a 1, 4, 5 chord progression which is the most common chord progression used in blues and blues-based rock.  The pentatonic also has a minor 3rd and a b7, supporting two common sounds found in blues music.

In order to turn my pentatonic “roadmap” into something useful for guitar solos, you must be able to play the scales with fluidity and precision.  Start by learning my pentatonic roadmap in it’s basic form and once you’ve mastered that, begin playing it in it’s expanded form using your 1st and 3rd fingers only.  Be sure to use a metronome when practicing.  Once you’ve begun to master the expanded form, begin playing it along with your favorite rhythm tracks in multiple keys. The key of E and A are two of the best keys to start with as so many classic blues and blues-rock are played in those keys.

How you put the notes of a pentatonic together is how you play lead.  Making the notes of any scale come to life requires playing the scale until you own it, until it’s in your DNA.  Once you master playing these scales throughout the neck of your guitar, you can add various techniques such as hammer on’s, pull off’s, pinch harmonics, vibrato, and bends.   Building a solid connection with your instrument is the single greatest thing you can do.  Also, never underestimate the power of playing just one note; one note played with conviction can move an audience and leave them on the edge of their seats!

One final note: never confuse practice time with play time.  A solid 30 minute practice routine 5 days per week can open the door to hours of fun playing.   I always tell my students— practice to perfection and play to have fun!

Guitar Lessons by Kelly Richey

Free Guitar Lesson – Kelly Richey Talks About Minor Pentatonic Scales Intro:

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Music for Change

Music for Change
Blues In The Schools Programs, Workshops and Live Performance – Part 2

I returned home late Sunday night after a two-week solo tour in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa.  3,000 miles, 12 high schools, 2 middle schools, 2 universities (where I held 7 individual class lectures), 9 assembly programs, 3 guitar instruction workshops, 2 theater performances, 1 fundraiser for Music for Change to help support these types of educational programs for the public, 1 live radio show appearance, a live TV interview with performance footage, and a club date in IA on my way home.

Having an opportunity to share my story with young people was a powerful experience.  I talked to them about what it takes to be an artist, as well as what it was like being a student with learning disabilities, graduating high school with a 4th grade reading level, and embracing and overcoming those challenges in order to succeed and follow my dreams.  I learned a lot from being in a series of new school districts, meeting hard working teachers who are deeply committed to their jobs.

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Here’s an excerpt of the response I received from one of the students I met along the way:

I really enjoyed your performance for us. I’m involved in our school’s drumline and two of the business clubs offered at my school. I play percussion in the school band, and play drum set in my free time. I’m also an avid songwriter so when you were telling your stories I was able to relate to a lot of them. That was the best performance I’ve seen at Central since I started attending high school in the fall of 2012. I’ve been participating in music classes since fifth grade when I started with flute because they wouldn’t allow me to play percussion all because I was a girl. When I got into middle school, I signed up to play percussion and found my niche. I am the first child in my family to be in band, and my eighth grade brother is following in my footsteps. When we were younger, I taught him a lot of drumming techniques and he tried to teach me guitar, but instead we held little concerts for our family that we called our “Jam Sessions”. I have written approximately forty or fifty songs since fifth grade, and now I’m slowly starting to write the music to go with my lyrics. You really captured my attention and I really appreciate you sharing your knowledge and love of music with me and all of my peers. The world can use more music lovers, and less violence.

Thank you again for a fantastic performance and a mind-blowing experience!

I also had another student share his passion for writing with me and even sent me a poem that he allowed me to post on my blog “The Valley of Death” By Garrett Thoreson.

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I’d like to share my gratitude for the efforts of one person who made this amazing trip possible. A gentleman by the name of Steve Matzke drives a truck and manages stage crews in the ND and MN area for a large number of live music events in his area.  I first met Steve when I played the Fargo Blues Fest in mid- 2004, and he was responsible for opening the door for me to play the Empire Arts Theater in Grand Forks and a number of other dates in the area.  The amount of work that went into pulling this off is mind-blowing.  I watched as he took a dream and turned it into a reality, and I’m not only inspired, I’m impressed and deeply moved.

I’d like to share my gratitude for the efforts of one person who made this amazing trip possible. A gentleman by the name of Steve Matzke drives a truck and manages stage crews in the ND and MN area for a large number of live music events in his area.  I first met Steve when I played the Fargo Blues Fest in mid- 2004, and he was responsible for opening the door for me to play the Empire Arts Theater in Grand Forks and a number of other dates in the area.  The amount of work that went into pulling this off is mind-blowing.  I watched as he took a dream and turned it into a reality, and I’m not only inspired, I’m impressed and deeply moved.

Kelly Richey Blues in the Schools M4C

Steve had a dream to bring artists into schools to support music awareness, blues history, and the empowerment of young people learning through music and the arts.  He raised the funding from individual donations, small business contributions, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston.   Steve doesn’t do email and he doesn’t have an office, meaning he got in his car and went from school to school, talking to principals, teachers, professors, donors, and friends, to pull this off.  I’m honored to have been the artist asked to perform, and as a result, I’m inspired to continue this work.

Steve had a dream to bring artists into schools to support music awareness, blues history, and the empowerment of young people learning through music and the arts.  He raised the funding from individual donations, small business contributions, and the University of Minnesota-Crookston.   Steve doesn’t do email and he doesn’t have an office, meaning he got in his car and went from school to school, talking to principals, teachers, professors, donors, and friends, to pull this off.  I’m honored to have been the artist asked to perform, and as a result, I’m inspired to continue this work.

Kelly Richey Blues in the Schools M4C

You can follow Steve’s lead and make a difference!  I’m an “Artist on Tour” for the Cincinnati Arts Association and have been doing school programs since 2003.  In 2006, I started “Music for Change”, a non-profit, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to bringing music to schools and communities.   This year, anyone who makes a donation to Music for Change is eligible to receive one of the following gifts:

  • For a donation of $75: a digital download of my complete CD collection from 1994 through 2014 – that’s 15 CDs worth of blues, enough to keep you rockin’ all through next year!
  • For a donation of $100: an autographed CD bundle including Eyes of a Woman, Sending Me Angels, and Carry the Light
  • For a donation of $150 or more: the autographed CD bundle AND a digital download of the entire collection

Music for Change: You can make a difference!
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–Finally, BIG THANKS to the following supporters!

University of Minnesota-Crookston, A&L Potato Co. Inc., Advanced, B&E Meats, Bremer, Brost Chevrolet, Cash Trucking,  Christian Brothers Ford in Crookston, Crookston Welding, Frandsen Bank & Trust, Free Lance Dreamers Facebook Group, Gasper Air Spray, Gregorie Trucking, H&R Block, Karriers Inc., Longton Agency Inc., Midwest Chiropractic, Minnesota Blues Society, Noah Insurance, Northdale Oil Inc., Pecka Trucking Inc., RBJ Restaurant, State Farm Insurance, Suncoast Blues Society, Top Quality Motors Inc., Triangle Coach Services, Valley Plains Equipment

Kelly Richey Blues in the Schools M4C

Kelly Richey Blues in the Schools M4C