TrueFire LIVE Broadcast Link

TrueFire LIVE Broadcast Link

Hey everybody!  I just finished a live broadcast for TrueFire tonight and wanted to share the link with you…  I’d like to send out a big thank you to everyone that tuned to the event and if you missed it, you can watch it anytime!  Please pass this along to your guitar friends!

Get Private Online Lessons with Kelly Richey

Get personalized, 1-on-1 instruction from Kelly Richey via TrueFire’s patented private lessons platform and iOS app!

Kelly Richey TrueFire LIVE Broadcast Link

Kelly Richey About the Educator

Kelly Richey is one of the hardest-working independent musicians in the music business today. When it comes to touring, this Cincinnati-based blues rocker can truly claim the title “Queen of the Road Warriors.” The veteran guitar-slinger has covered the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia in her 30-year career. Fronting her blues/rock power trio, Kelly has played over 4,000 shows, logged a mind-boggling 1 million road miles (and counting) and released 16 albums on her private label, Sweet Lucy Records, earning her reputation as a master guitarist and singer/songwriter. This ain’t no polite, watered-down sound. It’s hardcore blues-rock on steroids, a blistering, in-your-face tour de force….>>>READ MORE

Summer Camp at Tikkun Farm

Summer Camp at Tikkun Farm

Summer Camp at Tikkun Farm
I’m doing a series of writing workshops this summer at Tikkun Farm for their summer camp series.  Tikkun Farm, is a 3.5 acre farm in the neighborhood of Mt. Healthy in Cincinnati.  Its mission is to be a place of healing, restoration and repair cultivated through meaningful work and spiritual practices.
This is week two of their four-week camp series.  If you live in the greater Cincinnati area be sure to check out their summer programs– there’s two more camps scheduled in July!   Click Here
Kelly Richey at Tikkun Farm Kelly Richey at Tikkun FarmMeet Spike!!!  I’m a city girl but I really liked this guy!!!  ;>)

Spike and Kelly Richey at Tikkun Farm

• Meet an alpaca and make something cool from the their fiber.
• Plant a garden and cook something you’ve grown.
• Give voice to your spirit with art, music, writing and service.
• Quiet your mind with meditation, yoga and drumming and listen for your inner wisdom and sacred voice.

We have room for twenty campers a week.

Every week will include:
Cooking, Playing Games, Garden, Archery, Community Service, Art, Writing, Fiber Arts, Dancing, Music

Every day will include:
Drumming, Yoga, Meditation

Multi-Cultural Bonus:
Each week meet neighbors from one of Cincinnati’s refugee communities as they teach us about their culture through music, story and learning to cook one of their delicious dishes: Bhutanese momos (dumplings), Guatemalan empanadas, etc.

COST: Each camp is $225 per child.
Camperships available. We don’t want anyone left out because of cost.

Contact Mary Laymon at 215.630.1091, or [email protected]

Tikkun Farm CampFlyer


Middle Ground

Middle Ground

Thursday, May 18th
, 2017
7pm to 10pm
Lydia’s on Ludlow
Where people are more important than politics!

This is a FREE co-ed writing event and it’s open to the public.  You do not have to be a writer, you just have to have a pen and paper.

Facilitated by Kelly Richey & Mary Pierce Brosmer, founder of Women Writing for (a) Change
Middle Ground


Middle Ground Writing Circle

A Piece of Paper Always Listens

Middle Ground Writing Circle

Facilitators: Kelly Richey and Mary Peirce Brosmer
Date: Thursday, May 18th, 2017
Time: 7pm
Location: Lydia’s on Ludlow, 329 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220
“Middle Ground” …A place where people are more important than politics… An opportunity to listen, to write, and to be heard… A belief that we have more that unites us than divides us… I hope you’ll come be part of this powerful conversation.
We would like to invite you to join us in an evening of writing, sharing and listening. This is a free event. You do not have to be a “writer”!!! All you need is one voice, one journal, one pen, and two ears. Building community, one voice at a time.
Sponsored by: A Piece of Paper Always Listens





Middle Ground with Kelly Richey and Mary Peirce Brosmer

Middle Ground with Kelly Richey and Mary Peirce Brosmer

I will be holding the first “Middle Ground” Workshop and Writing Circle, Sunday, April 30th, 3pm, at Women Writing for (a) Change. This event is sponsored by Womens Way of OH-KY, and I will be joined by co-facilitator, Mary Peirce Brosmer.

“Middle Ground”… A place where people are more important than politics… An opportunity to listen, to write, and to be heard… A belief that we have more that unites us than divides us… I hope you’ll come be part of this powerful conversation.

Sunday – April 30th at 3pm
Women Writing for (a) Change®
6906 Plainfield Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45236

This is a co-ed event.


Middle Ground



Kelly Richey Blues-Rock Power Trio

The Kelly Richey Blues-Rock Power Trio brings its hard-hitting, gritty brand of electric blues to The Greenwich in Cincinnati on Saturday, March 18 at 8pm. Richey is an internationally acclaimed guitarist, singer, and songwriter, who bluesman Lonnie Mack once described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body, with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.”

The Kelly Richey Band Live!
Saturday, March 18th, 2017 – 8pm
The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Avenue.
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone : 513-221-1151

This Saturday night I will be taking the stage with Lonnie Buckley on drums and Guy Cosby on bass.  I’d like to invite you to join us as we take a journey into the blues…

Kelly Richey Blues-Rock Power TrioKelly Richey’s Solo Electric Blues Experience
Saturday, March 25th, 2017 – 8pm
The Buckeye Sports Lodge
126 W High St
Springfield, OH 45502
Phone : (937) 324-3400




The Many Voices of Writer’s Block

The Many Voices of Writer’s Block:
Creating Your Inner Writing Circle
Facilitator: Kelly Richey

Date: 04-22-2017
Time: 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Tuition: $50.00
Open to: Anyone 16+ and All Adults


Have you ever experienced writer’s block, suffered from procrastination, or had your writing muse show up when you’re busy only to vanish when you finally clear time to write? In this class, you will make space for the many voices in your head who can block your writing – and reflect on your relationships with them. Through writing, sharing, listening, and discussing, we create an inner writing circle for each of us to return to in our busy lives whenever we are feeling stuck.

An excellent complement to WWf(a)C Core Classes
An innovative modality for working with Writer’s Block
Connect with your Muse and learn what it needs to remain present

Kelly Richey is an award-winning blues musician, poet/songwriter, guitar teacher, and life coach, and has made her mark through the power of her voice – figuratively and literally.
Location & Special Instructions

Women Writing for (a) Change
6906 Plainfield Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236


Scholarships in varying amounts are available for our programs depending on need and availability of funds. Call 513-272-1171 if you have further questions.

Please include your contact information and the class you are interested in taking. Thank you!

Kelly Richey Live!

Kelly Richey Live!

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 – 8pm
The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Avenue.
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone : 513-221-1151
Email: [email protected]

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – 8pm
Waterfront Grille and Gathering
220 Athens Boonesboro Rd
Winchester, KY 40391
Phone: (859) 527-9910

Saturday, January 28th, 2017 – 9pm
Midway Tavern
810 West 4th Street
Mishawaka, IN 46544
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (574) 255.0458Kelly Richey at the Greenwich - Photos by Greg Reese


Around Cincinnati – WVXU

Around Cincinnati – WVXU

Catching Up With Musician And Writer Kelly Richey

Local musician Kelly Richey is starting 2017 with a new group (the Kelly Richey Power Duo) and will be based out of The Greenwich in Walnut Hills, plus is doing more writing and teaching. Listen now to Elaine Diehl interview with Kelly Richey on Around Cincinnati – WVXU.

Kelly Richey at the Grewich - Photos by Greg ReeseGreater Cincinnati has a vibrant arts scene, and Around Cincinnati keeps you up to date with local, regional and national guests.  Each week from 7-8pm on Sunday evenings, you’ll hear from local contributors who with their guests explore a wide range of subjects from books & poetry, art exhibitions, theatrical productions, area choirs, concerts and musicians, as well as festivals and dance groups.  Some of the contributors include Rick Pender, Anne Arenstein, Jim Stump, Roberta Schultz, Robert Nave, Jane Durrell, David Delegator, Barbara Gray, Dave Lewis, Ron Esposito, Stuart Holman, and Kelly Blewett.  Brian O’Donnell, Frank Johnson, Suzanne Bona, Howard Wilkinson, Robyn Carey-Allgeyer, and Jim Nolan, staff members of Cincinnati Public Radio, also help out.

Find out what happening around town – Sign up for our weekly Around Cincinnati email at

If you have an interview idea for Around Cincinnati, please contact Lee Hay, Producer/Host of Around Cincinnati, at [email protected] Around Cincinnati is made possible in part by a grant from ArtsWave.

Building A Strong Blues Foundation

TrueFire Presents – Building A Strong Blues Foundation

TrueFire Foundry courses are independently produced courses presented by a hand-picked selection of top-notch artists and educators from around the world. Filmed in the educator’s own studio, Foundry courses bring fresh educational concepts and very effective teaching methodologies to TrueFire Students. Kelly Richey’s Foundry course, Building a Strong Blues Foundation will teach essential skills and repertoire for the beginning blues guitar player.

Hello I’m Kelly Richey and welcome to my TrueFire Foundry course, Building a Strong Blues Foundation, which I produced in my own studio.

This course is geared for the beginner to intermediate guitar student and is an invaluable collection of expert tips and well-guided instruction, broken down by into easy to understand parts. I will teach you everything you need to know to get proficient quickly, including: basic music theory, open chords, bar chords, pentatonic scales, fundamental blues guitar soloing techniques, foundational blues songs, right and left hand independence, how to build hand strength, and so much more!

Building A Strong Blues Foundation

You’ll learn my personal “road map” of techniques for powerful blues guitar soloing, and I’ll make sure your practice time is fun and very rewarding with seven professionally recorded rhythm tracks to practice to.

You’ll learn how to play rhythm guitar and lead guitar to several blues/rock progressions. I will provide professionally recorded rhythm tracks for each of these blues progressions, so that you can have fun practicing and experimenting while learning to play with a fantastic rhythm section. This will help you learn to play lead guitar solos much quicker!

I’ll teach you a unique system for learning to view the neck of your guitar in precise patterns to easily learn (and remember) the minor and major pentatonic scales. You’ll also learn how to how to make two pentatonic scales patterns cover the entire neck of the guitar, thus promoting the development of powerful core fingerings for speed, accuracy, and endurance during your guitar solos.

During the course, you’ll learn how to develop a personalized, effective practice routine, and you’ll learn three essential finger exercises to build hand strength, dexterity, and solid physical connection with your guitar.

My personal hand strengthening exercise is guaranteed to strengthen every muscle that you use to play guitar with! I’ve also included bonus tracks that show you how to properly change your guitar strings, and tune your guitar.
Take your playing to the next level with Building a Strong Blues Foundation and gain a rock-solid set of lifelong tools to play blues/rock guitar with power, creativity, precision, and independence.

Building A Strong Blues Foundation (Instant Download)

Building A Strong Blues Foundation (Disc + Download)

NOTE! Kelly Richey organized the course into 8 weekly sections for those students that prefer to have a specified regimen of material across a specified time schedule. However, for those students who prefer to work at their own pace, or even skip around you are certainly encouraged to approach the course in that way as well.



Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival

Cincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival –

Organized by LADD

Rock on Kelly Richey! A local Cincinnati rock star who also teaches guitar, Kelly has shared the stage with many legends, been listed 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. In 2009 she founded Powered by Intention coaching consultancy, and she is also president of Music4Change, a Cincinnati nonprofit committed to music education. Did we mention Kelly is also a talented writer? And, as a woman who has severe dyslexia, she considers her greatest accomplishment to be her becoming a facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change.

In an interview in Good Things Going Around, she shared, “Had I not gravitated towards music and discovered books in audio form, I honestly don’t know what I would have done. My life would have turned out much differently, I’m sure. What I know now is that there is no cookie cutter mold to learning. I’m proof that even someone with severe dyslexia can learn to play a musical instrument….For many years having dyslexia negatively affected my self-esteem. It wasn’t until I was in my late 20’s that I began to realize I might actually be rather intelligent.”

Intelligent you are Kelly! #DifferentLikeYouCincinnati ReelAbilities Film Festival, organized by LADD - Kelly Richey


Kelly Richey Band – WHAS TV – Great Day Live”

Kelly Richey Band – WHAS TV – Great Day Live”

This morning in Louisville KY for WHAS TV’s morning news show “Great Day Live” w/ Lonnie Buckley!!!

TONIGHT, Friday, December 9th, 2016, the Kelly Richey Band will be at Stevie Ray’s– LOOK out Louisville!!! ;>)

Kelly Richey and Lonnie Buckley on WHAS TV Great Day LiveKelly Richey rocks out in the GDL studio with her drummer, Lonnie Buckley. See them perform December 9, 2016 at Stevie Ray’s starting at 9:00 PM. Kelly can always be found at or on her



Kelly Richey 1, 2, 3 Upcoming LIVE Shows

Kelly Richey 1, 2, 3 Upcoming LIVE Shows

Monday, December 5th, 2016 @ 7pm

Blue Note Bistro & Lounge
23 E. Central Ave.
Miamisburg, OH 45342
Contact Website :

Phone : (937) 247-3000
[email protected]
Kelly Richey Band

Friday, December 9th, 2016 @9pm
Stevie Ray’s Blues Bar
230 E Main St
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone : (502) 582-9945
Contact Website :
Kelly Richey Band

Saturday, December 10th, 2016 @ 8pm
Third Street Cigar
20 N. Third
Waterville, OH 43566
Phone : (419) 441-0020
Contact Website :  
Kelly Richey Solo

Saturday, December 17th, 2016 @ 8pm
The Greenwich
2442 Gilbert Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone : (513) 221-1151
Contact Website :
Kelly Richey Band


Guitar Student Takes Motorbike Tour

Guitar Student Takes Motorbike Tour

Below is a story of my guitar student from Turkey, named Ozkan:

We believe in the influence of dreams, and that dreams can come true…

That’s why we decided to get on the road instead of postponing our dreams.

For years our jobs have involved designing, planning,organizing and problem solving. Now, also putting these skills acquired in professional life in use, we want to transform what have been short getaways during paid vacations into a real adventure…

Ozkan Guitar StudentWe start rolling in South America, trace the Andes all the way down to Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the World.

We then head north and get to Buenos Aires after navigating through immense plains, cross the Plata River over to Montevideo, visit ever-exiciting Sao Paolo and Rio de Janeiro followed by the Iguazu Falls at the crosspoint of three nations before departing Brazil.

We then ride westward to tackle Atacama Desert and Uyuni Salt Flat and arrive to La Paz, the highest capital city of the World.

We visit Inca gem Cusco, climb the Cotopaxi in Ecuador and finish off the South America leg in Cartagena.

We then cross to Panama, hop through Central American nations one by one follow the traces of the Aztecs and the Incas in Mexico.

We enter the US at San Diego, follow the famous twisty roads of West Coast to San Francisco, cross Death Valley to reach the Grand Canyon, and then visit Yellowstone and Seattle.

We start the Canadian leg of the trip in Vancouver, visit the splendid lakes and national parks riding east and cap off the trip in New York after 9 months and 50 thousand kilometers.

Hi, I’m Kerem.

I’m a 37-year-old mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in industrial design.

While in college, I happened to visit Ecuador for two weeks through a series of fortunate events. I felt a real connection with that land and have always wanted to travel the rest of Ecuador and South America. So I learned Spanish after college.

I’ve been riding motorcycles for four years. It’s gradually taking up more space in my life.

I’ve had the opportunity to go on some long trips. First Turkey, then South Africa, Balkans, the Alps… And finally came the idea of doing this South American dream trip on a motorcycle. Now we want to realize this dream with my friends and get on the road.

I’ve been using social media quite heavily for the past five years and believe that social media is the best tool to share the sites,wonders and experiences that we’ll come across on this tour with others.

There is also a shorter version of the introduction video, only posted on Instagram….Please find its URL below:

If you’d like to see only the route we plan to cover please check below links of Instagram and Facebook……We lost the background music at Facebook because of copyright issues, unfortunately.

Hello I’m F?rat.

I’m a 36-year-old industrial designer. Despite working mostly on cars for 14 years, I’ve always been more interested in motorcycles. It’s such that when visiting automotive trade fairs for work, I always found myself on top the few motorcycles that were on display.

Finally I started riding six years ago after taking several advanced riding trainings, after which I always wanted to go on longer trips.

Since childhood, I’ve always fiddled with every camera I could get my hands on and clicked through many rolls of films.

Ever since we decided to go on this adventure, the idea of sharing this tour with our followers is really exciting to me.

Frankly, I can’t wait for the day we get on the road.

Hi, I’m Özkan.

I’m a 40-year-old metallurgical and materials engineer. I’ve worked in construction and automotive sectors for 16 years in various positions. In the mean time, I completed an MBA program.

I’ve been trekking and have been interested in underwater sports since childhood. I’m a rescue diver. I’ve got acquainted with motorcycles 7 years ago. I’ve tried to developed my riding skills by taking control and advanced riding trainings.

Being out on the road and in nature with my tent has always been very appealing to me. I’ve been going on tours in and out of Turkey with this passion. I’m truly eager to go on this adventure with Kerem and F?rat.


We know that many people share our passion for being on the road, discovering new places and getting to know diverse cultures.

What got us moving were the stories shared by others who got on the road before us.

We, too, will share our adventures with our followers on Turkish national press and social media.

We have teamed up to get on road and we invite you to participate in this adventure.

A Piece of Paper Always Listens

A Piece of Paper Always Listens

Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association

Kelly Richey, Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association, at Mother of Mercy High School This past week I had the honor of visiting Mother of Mercy High School, as an “Artist on Tour”, for the Cincinnati Arts Association.  I delivered a writing workshop centered around building self esteem for young girls.  My writing program is called, “A Piece of Paper Always Listens”.  I continue to be amazed by how strong the writing practice truly is!

I’d love to take this opportunity to share some photos from this weeks school program as well as the program description.

Kelly Richey, Building Self-Esteem Through the Creative Arts
Renowned singer-songwriter Kelly Richey’s dyslexia was undiagnosed during her school years, which made reading very difficult and presented many challenges and obstacles, most notably when it came to self-esteem. Today, Kelly’s greatest pleasure is sharing her story with students and teaching and inspiring them to overcome their own obstacles through creative self-expression. Using interactive, timed creative writing exercises called “fast writes,” Kelly helps students express themselves in an emotionally safe environment. Kelly’s innovative workshops help students learn to “self-express” through journaling and poetry. The workshops are interactive and fun and include a mini-concert where Kelly shows the students firsthand just what is possible if you work hard and believe in yourself.

Objectives: Students can learn to “self-express” through journaling and poetry.  The following are a list of topics for writing exercises to be used to build self-esteem.

» Lesson Plan 1: The Inner Critic
» Lesson Plan 2: The Procrastinator
» Lesson Plan 3: The Muse

A pre-program guide is given to teachers so they can prepare students for thoughtful discussion around the following topics.

Topics Discussed:

» Self Worth and Healthy Self Esteem
» Taking Action
» Creative Outlets
Kelly Richey, Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association, at Mother of Mercy High School
Kelly Richey, Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association, at Mother of Mercy High School
Kelly Richey, Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association, at Mother of Mercy High School
NOTE: In addition to schools programs, I use these writing practices in writing workshops, coaching workshops, and when working one-on-one with coaching clients.

Kelly Richey Band Plays Franke Center

Kelly Richey Band Plays Franke Center in Marshall MI – Part 1

On Saturday, October 22nd, The Kelly Richey Band stepped on stage at the Franke Center, in Marshall MI,  for what would be a magical night of music!  The shows was part of the Eaton Blues Series– the venue was beautiful, the crew was fantastic, and the crowd was ready to hear some music! I was joined by Rikk Manning and Lonnie Buckley, and the result was one of pure magic! This truly was an amazing evening and the experience we shared that night on stage and with the audience, was one that I will cherish for years to come.

With over 4,000 shows under my belt, it’s shows like this that keep me inspired and loving what I do. Fortunately we had a video camera and were able to capture the entire show! I completed the edits for the first of two hours worth of music last night and posted it to my youtube channel late last night. I’m scheduled to complete edits for part 2 by first of the week– I’ll post the footage ASAP!

So, if you wanna rock– sit back, relax, grab your beverage of choice, and relive this musical journey with us…

I’d like to thank the Eaton Blues Society for having us play this year and I’d like to thank everyone who showed up and helped to create a magical evening!

The Kelly Richey Band - Franke Center - Marshall MIPhoto by Michael Rio

Check out the new video footage of The Kelly Richey Band at the Franke Center in Marshall MI – Part 1.  Please be sure to share this video with your friends and stay tuned as I’ll be posting Part 2 early next week!  Rikk Manning on bass, Lonnie Bucklay on drums and …”Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body, with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”…!



Kelly Richey LIVE – Smoke Justis – Covington, KY

Kelly Richey LIVE – Smoke Justis – Covington, KY

This just in: I’ll be playing at Smoke Justis in Covington, KY this Friday night at 9pm– Kelly Richey LIVE – Smoke Justis – Covington, KY – please spread the WORD!!! ;>)

Friday, November 4th – 9pm
Smoke Justis
302 Court Street
Covington, KY41011

Kelly Richey - Photos by Sara DreibelbisPhotos by Sara Dreibelbis

“Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body, with Janis Joplin screaming to get out…”

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.

During a holiday break in late 2008, Richey just happened to watch the movie “You Can Heal Your Life”, which is a film about the life and teachings of healer Louise Hay; and thus began Richey’s journey— first, taking charge and changing her own life in many positive ways, and secondly, deciding to take the steep, three-year learning curve to become a Life Coach herself. Richey’s mission is to create a sacred space for people to heal themselves and to provide inspiration to those who seek a deeper meaning in their lives. As a Certified Dream Coach, Dream Coach Group Leader and True Purpose Coach™, Richey takes clients through a process to help identify and remove obstacles that hold people back from doing what they truly love. In her own words Richey says, “This process will enable you to identify what you were most designed to do, and who you were most designed to be in this life”. Richey teaches her clients a process to develop effective tools that deal directly with one’s fears and break free from the self-limiting constraints of one’s past.

In addition to Life Coaching and as an adjunct to her music, Richey is an avid writer. Although suffering from dyslexia since childhood, she has developed ways to get around this debilitating problem and has kept extensive handwritten journals since her teens. In 2012 Kelly released a poetry book “Whisperings – A Collection Of Poems From Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey”. Richey’s poems deal with finding one’s true self, relationship struggles, emotional turmoil, the ups and downs of life, vulnerability, survivorship, spirituality, love, lost love, heartache, longing, and passion. The book is a special collection of 89 writings (including a companion spoken word CD) highlighting Richey’s ultra-personal poems that were pulled from over 5,000 journaled writings spanning three decades.



Oh The Places You’ll Go

Oh The Places You’ll Go

When I first started touring I had a friend give me the book by Dr. Suess, “Oh The Places You’ll Go”…little did I know just how prophetic that would be!

Two weeks ago I headed out on my own through Indiana and Illinois, to Pomeroy, Iowa; a tiny bar in a small town where I played the first of two shows.  The bar is called Byron’s –  named after it’s owner, Byron.  I’ve been making this pilgrimage with my band for many years, as have many other touring bands, but the last two times I’ve played there I’ve played solo.  When I play solo people always ask, “where’s the band…?”, and I always say, “I’m flying solo tonight.”  Most fans look a bit perplexed as they watch me set up my mountain of gear, but once I strap on my electric guitar and begin performing they get it – they see a modality that gives me a different form of freedom and allows me to experience a more intimate connection with the audience. A modality that forces me to be more vulnerable as an artist (something I’ve often avoided as I’ve hidden behind my wall of sound).

Kelly Richey - photo by roger d. feldhansKelly Richey – photo by Roger D. Feldhans

From Iowa I headed on to Lincoln, Nebraska, where I played at the Panic Bar – for an event that honored the loss of the owner’s partner of 29 years. Her name was Kelly, an easy name to remember, and a partnership that so many will not forget.

MoonshineOn Sunday morning I headed back to Cincinnati, a drive long enough for me to listen to 4 books on audio: “In His Own Words” about Meister Eckhart, “St. Francis of Assisi”, “The Art of Memoir”, and “Martin Luther”.  No, I’m not Catholic, I’m not religious and I’m not trying to figure out life… I’m just flying solo and feeding my soul with what it’s hungry for. I’m capturing all that comes to me and continuing to write from whatever rises to the top.

When I got home, I picked up Moonshine my dog and headed home.  Speaking of moonshine – it was late October of 2010 that I stopped drinking. 100% clean and sober…from all but caffeine!This past Saturday I had a show with the band at a beautiful theater in Marshall, MI.  It was one of those “magical” shows.  Rikk Manning and Lonnie Buckley are truly amazing and the experience we shared that night on stage and with the audience was one that I will remember.  We shot video of the entire show!  I’m currently working on edits and will be posting this coming week.Kelly Richey at Franke Center - Marshall MI - photo by Michael RioPhoto by Michael Rio

I have 3 shows left this year, two solo shows and one with the band.  I’m currently booking for 2017 and have several surprises!  I have an excellent well of musicians to pull from, a ton of new songs in the works, live video footage to edit, 2 new guitar courses in production for my online guitar instruction classroom, Skype students, TrueFire students, and I’m half way through my first semester of a 3 year training to become a spiritual director.  And oh yes – I have a new article published in the latest issue Riff Journal with three new workshops being released at on November 1st.

I look forward to seeing any of you who can makes it out to one of these last shows in 2016 and I appreciate you reading this post and sharing in the journey.

Bye for now…. K

Kelly Richey - photo by Michael RioKelly Richey - Franke Center, Marshall, MI - Oh The Places You’ll GoKelly Richey – Franke Center, Marshall, MI photo by Michael Rio

Upcoming Kelly Richey Shows:

Kelly Richey Live
November 26th, 2016
The Planet Experiece
Louisville, KY

Kelly Riche Band
December 9th, 2016
Stevie Ray’s
Louisville, KY







Whole Lotta Power Trio

Whole Lotta Power Trio
Riff Journal Article

There’s a Whole Lotta Power Trio going on!  Hi, I’m Kelly Richey and welcome to “Focus On Blues-Rock Power Trio”.  Many of today’s most popular guitar players like Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, played in what’s called a “power trio”.  In this course 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 will look at rhythm and lead guitar techniques and how they overlap; working together seamlessly to create a powerful wall of sound.  I will also talk about 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.
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I have separated this course into five sections. The first section will give you an overview of the history of three piece blues and blues-rock players that have influenced my style and my overall sound.  I’ll also talk about their individual rhythm sections and how a particular artists’ rhythm section played a key roll in his overall sound.

In the second section, I will show you the essential rhythm guitar techniques, chords and chord voicings, grooves, and riff-based rhythm patterns.

In the third section, we will look at ways to build a strong foundation and how to approach guitar solos; essential soloing techniques, how to build a bridge between lead and rhythm guitar, we will explore the importance of using dynamics, and how to build a rhythmic presence that entrains the listener.

In the fourth section, we will look at guitar tone, the use of effects, different amplifiers, speaker configuration so you have access to the sustain, texture and articulation desired to support your unique style.

And lastly, in the five section, will put all of these these essential techniques and concepts together into a series of performance studies.  So let’s dive in and get started!

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TrueFire Presents Kelly Richey: Focus On Blues Rock Power Trio

What you will learn:

– Power Trio Background Overview, History & Players
– Tones & Gear
– Power System for Visualizing the Neck of the Guitar
– Essential Rhythm Concepts:  Bar Chords & Power Chords, Embellishing Chord Progressions, Riff Based Song Approaches, Bridging Between Rhythm & Lead, Left & Right Hand Muting Techniques
– Essential Lead Guitar Soloing Concepts:  Pentatonic Scale Review, Punctuation & Dynamics, Hammer Ons & Pull Offs, Slides, Bends & Vibrato, Pinch Harmonics, Embellishing Solos, Flat Tire For Lead
– 4 Essential Blues and Blues/Rock Songs
– Rhythm Tracks
– Chord Charts and Tab Included

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Guitars 4 Vets

Guitars 4 Vets

I spent Friday morning teaching guitar to vets at the VA hospital– what an honor!  We worked on fundamentals, building a strong foundation, and everyone is learning to play “Hey Joe”!  Music truly is a universal language.  The human connections that it builds continues to amaze me. (Guitars 4 Vets)

Music is a powerful bridge, one that’s often overlooked in society.  For the artist, music is a form of self expression.  For the listener, music is an invitation to connect and an opportunity to reflect.  I do believe that we are all artists and music in just one modality.

I often ask myself where I would be without music…?  It’s helped form the life that I live, the lessons I’ve learned, the people that I’ve met along the way.

Below are some photos from Friday’s session.  Please be sure to visit Guitars for Vets national website so you can learn about this program!guitars-for-vets-2

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Guitars for Vets

Thousands of our war Veterans are afflicted with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, more soldiers have committed suicide since the Vietnam War than have died in actual battle. But many are finding hope in an unlikely place: behind the wood and strings of an acoustic guitar. The healing power of music helps soldiers cope. That’s why we provide veterans with guitars and a forum to learn how to play. But we can’t do it without your help. Please read on to learn more out about the program and how you can help those who served rediscover their joy through the power of