Guitar and Writing Workshops in the Schools

Guitar and Writing Workshops in the Schools with Kelly Richey

I spent the day at Batesville Middle School yesterday and had a great time working with the students! I did three guitar instruction workshops for the music department, four writing classes for the language arts department, and a live solo performance after school for the community!

I gave Leon Lenneking, head of the music department, access to my “Blues On Steroids Guitar Instruction Video Series” six weeks before the program and was thrilled to see that the 6th grade students were all playing “Ramblin’ On My Mind”, a 12-bar blues song included in the series.  It was so much fun having three classes jamming to the blues with me!

In the writing classes I shared my poetry book and we discussed the importance of writing as a form of self expression.  I did several “fast-writes” that invited students to write about a success and a challenge they’ve faced.  We covered topics around “bullying” and healthy forms of expressing feelings.  I shared with them my struggles around reading and dyslexia, explained to students the importance of asking for help when they need it, and that they can do overcome almost anything with the proper support.

After seven class periods and a quick dinner, I put on an electric solo performance for the community.  It was a very warm turn out on a very cold night!

I’d like to thank the Rural Arts Alliance for sponsoring this program, and a very special thanks to two very amazing teachers– Leon Lenneking and Lisa Barnett, for orchestrating the days events!

Kelly Richey at Batesville IN Middle School - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Batesville IN Middle School - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

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 Kelly Richey at Batesville IN Middle School - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey at Batesville IN Middle School - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul

I wrapped up the Christmas weekend on Sunday with day one of my latest music video shoot, and all went very smoothly!  We got footage for two new music videos for two songs from my new album Shakedown Soul:  the first song we shot was the acoustic track (the album’s last song), a reprise of the opening tune, which is an all out electrified rocker titled “Fading”.  I wrote this song when I was 19 years old and it has remained one of my favorites throughout the years.  The song is about the struggles we face in finding our own voice, our own path in life, and our own way to love. (Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul – Photos by Sonya Ziegler)

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul - Photos by Sonya Ziegler The second song we cut was “I Wanna Run” and this video was cut for my electric solo show.  I wrote this song while in Nashville at the songwriting workshop with Mary Gauthier.  This was the final song written for the new CD and it’s an uptempo blues-rock anthem that I can take to the stage solo or with the band.  As a guitarist and performer, this song is just plain fun to play and sing– it rocks so hard it’ll shake the paint off the walls!

I was in good hands with Chris Vogel behind the lens and Sonya Ziegler was running about capturing photos of the production.  I saw an occasional grin on his face so hopefully he got the footage he was looking for.  Today we’re scheduled to shoot one video with the whole band and plan to knock out or rather rock out “You Wanna Rock”!  This song is a power blues song with a drop D tuning, so Rikk Manning’s low end will lift the church up off the ground with only Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue, there to hold it down on drums!  I can’t wait!  I’ll post more photos as soon as I can!

Thank you for staying tuned in and keeping us turned on!  2015 has been a great year and I have a feeling that 2016 will be even better!

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Video Shoot for Shakedown Soul - Photos by Sonya Ziegler
Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Behind The Walls: The Teacher, The Student

Behind The Walls: The Teacher, The Student

I started teaching guitar shortly after I graduated high school.  All I wanted to do was play guitar; so it made sense to turn what I loved most into my life’s work. Being dyslexic, school was a constant struggle and it was clear that I didn’t fit inside the box.  My feelings of inadequacy fueled my passion for wanting to help others learn.  One of the greatest joys I’ve had in life was the first time I actually helped someone learn something; watching a look of confusion turn into an “a-ha” moment!  I honestly can not think of anything that makes me happier!

When I was growing up, I always felt lost in school.  I never knew exactly what was expected of me or how to accomplish even simple tasks.  Reading directions, much less understanding them, felt like an impossibility.  When someone took the time to explain something to me with patience and the slightest bit of consideration that I was struggling to understand, they gained my respect instantly.  I realize that teaching is not always an easy task; a teacher has to be able to sense what someone’s learning style is… how his or her mind works and processes information, what his or her strengths and weaknesses are, where this or her passion rests and how badly he or she wants to learn.

Kelly Richey in hte Studio_1.25.2015_Photos by Sonya ZieglerSometimes a student needs to be inspired because they honestly do not see the beauty in something, and sometimes they need to be challenged because they don’t see the value that something holds.  Teaching and learning are like putting together a puzzle— it’s done one piece at a time.  Some people need to know how things work in order to engage with the process, and others could care less, they just want to do it— and the how and why can come later.

We don’t just “learn”, we literally learn how to learn.  Some people see things symbolically and others see things literally. Learning how to play an instrument requires critical thinking skills.  It allows a student to actually experience math or science in an organic sense, and it invites a student to learn how to reason through a creative process.  Learning how to learn is of tremendous importance, but far too often devalued within the walls of bureaucracy because our systems of education requires statistical data that’s measurable enough to generate funding.  Not all data is easily measured and it leaves some behind– it’s sad but it’s true.

Here’s what I’ve learned:  Music and the arts give voice to those things like intelligence and creativity that cannot be measured in a test.  All of the arts expand and enhance self-esteem, critical thinking skills, creativity, and a feeling of connectedness with forces much greater than us.

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Kelly Richey Band CD Release Parties

Kelly Richey Band CD Release Parties
Oddbody’s: December 19th, 2015
“Shakedown Soul” CD Release

Rikk Manning, Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue, and Kelly Richey hit the stage at Oddbody’s this past Saturday night performing songs from their new album “Shakedown Soul”.  There were three bands on the bill: Kelly Richey Band, Doug Hart Band, & The Beaumonts We enjoyed playing with both bands and I’d like to offer a special thanks to Doug Hart for putting this show together!

This Saturday night kicked off the first of six CD release parties for the KRB fan base until festival season begins! Here’s a list of Kelly Richey Band CD Release Parties:

01/15 & 16/16 – Crossroads Bar & Grill – 8:00pm
2580 West Hwy 5, Peachtree City, GA
Venue phone: (678)736-3318

01/17/16 – Barley’s in Maryville – 7:00pm
128 W. Broadway, Maryville, TN
Venue phone: 865-983-0808

02/06/16 – Phoenix Club – 11:15pm
812 Race St., Cincinnati, OH
Venue phone: (513) 721-8901

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

02/27/16 – Callahan’s Music Hall – 8:00pm
2105 South Boulevard, Auburn Hills, MI
Venue phone: (248) 858-9508

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Rikk Manning

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience

Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience
Third Street Cigar: December 18th, 2015
“Shakedown Soul” CD Release

John Henry owns a high end cigar bar in a suburb of Toledo, Ohio.  John knows his stuff and loves the blues.  He has put on over 1,000 blues shows, to date.  His wife Connie is warm and welcoming and an excellent cook and the Henry’s have the musicians over for dinner before each show.

It’s clubs like this and people who care so deeply that make my job mean even more.  I’d like to give a very special shout to all the regulars at Third Street who are there each time I play, and especially to John and Connie!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
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Check out these LIVE photos of Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience at Third Street Cigar Bar:

Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience - Photos by Sonya ZieglerI have a number of Kelly Richey Band fans ask about my solo show. To my surprise I almost always find that they assume my solo show consists of me just playing acoustic guitar; essentially, that my solo performances must be laid back and “unplugged” shows.

Although, I do perform more intimate acoustic solo shows in venues, writing circles, and upon request at house parties where quieter energy is more appropriate, my typical solo show is an electrified, high energy, melt-your-face Kelly Richey blues experience! If you’ve never been to one of my solo shows, please check out these photos of my guitar looping set up, Native Instruments Maschine Studio set up (where I generate my beats and grooves), my pair of Fender Princeton Reverb amps, and my beloved 65′ vintage Strat!

Kelly Richey Set List: (Solo Blues Experience)

Fast Drivin’ Mama
I Went Down Easy
One Way Ticket
Leaving It All Behind
Hey Joe
* Lies
* Love
* I Wanna Run
* Fading
Rising Sun
Something Going On
* Only Going Up
* Just Like A River
* Afraid To Die
* You Wanna Rock
Feelin’ Under
All Along The Watchtower
Crossroads
Purple Haze
Whole Lotta Love

*Shakedown Soul CD
Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

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01/07/16 – Kimbro’s – 8:00pm
214 S. Margin St., Franklin, TN
Venue phone: (615) 599–2946.

01/08/16 – Paradise Bar & Grill – 6:00pm
21 Via De Luna, Pensacola Beach, FL
Venue phone: (850) 916-5087

01/10/16 – Aces Live Music – 5:00pm
4343 Palma Sola Blvd, Bradenton, FL
Venue phone: (941) 795-3886

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Back In The Saddle AGAIN…!

Back In The Saddle AGAIN…!

Rikk Manning, Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue, and Kelly Richey are back in the saddle again with the release of Kelly Richey’s brand new album “Shakedown Soul”. This Saturday night kicks off the first of six CD release parties for the KRB fan base until festival season begins!

KELLY RICHEY BAND:
12/19/15 – Kelly Richey Band – 8pm
Dayton, OH    – Oddbody’s Music Room

Tonight the band was rehearsing in Kelly’s studio— working out the kinks and getting the new songs ready for the live show, which is sure to be ROCKIN! Be sure to check out the story behind the making of “Shakedown Soul”…

KRB Rehearsal_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

If You Wanna Rock – We’re Gonna Roll!
Kelly Richey’s “SHAKEDOWN SOUL”

“Shakedown Soul” has been a journey filled with profound personal growth, just as all of my prior sixteen CD’s have been. Let me tell you the story:

I went to Duane Lundy at Shangri-La Productions in December 2014 with 5 songs that I’d written to drum loops. I wanted to cut them live with drummer Robby Cozensa, Robby is a brilliant drummer and we approached the sessions like the White Stripes and The Black Keys— raw, real and organic. We added bass and keys, mixed, and did a basic mastering process. I also recorded two music videos, “Love” and “Afraid To Die” for release in February and March of 2015 and started booking and playing shows.

During my continued writing for “Shakedown Soul”, I had begun putting together a solo show and hired Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue to help me design my “spaceship” with loops, beats and new exciting elements that were cool and fun to work with. I was having a blast! While working with Tobe one day I asked him to play a set of drums set up in his studio— Woah!!! I was taken aback! He sounded like John Bonham and the loops he gave me that day sounded like a blend of blues, rock, funk and hip-hop— just what I’d dreamed of playing to in a solo setting.

KRB Rehearsal_Photo by Sonya ZieglerCurious, I asked Tobe if he would consider playing festivals only with me, (if I could find a bass player that made him want to play!) He said he would consider it, but stressed that he too wanted to do something that was fun, creative and inspiring. I went on a search and after several weeks of looking I found Rikk Manning. Tobe, Rikk and myself met up in my studio with the new songs and songs from my most recent live CD, started playing and, WOW magic began to happen! During the course of 2015, I played over 25 festivals and concerts with my new rhythm section and I’ve honestly never known such musical or professional happiness! I had long-time Kelly Richey Band fans saying, “This is the best I’ve every heard you sound”, and, “I’ve never seen you having so much fun AND where on earth did you find these awesome guys!!!???”

All the while, I kept song writing and I wrote some of the strongest material I’ve written to date….songs that access the deepest parts of my soul. The writing process was interwoven with my training to become a facilitator for Women Writing for (a) Change (WWF(a)C) where I had three week long workshop intensives this summer to write and develop. That has been a very rewarding experience and one that I will treasure forever.

KRB Rehearsal_Photo by Sonya ZieglerIn early October of this year I attended a writing workshop with Mary Gauthier, one of my absolute favorite songwriters of all time, and there I wrote the last song for the new CD. I called it, “I Want To Run”— a deeply personal and prophetic song that captured many of the struggles I faced and have continued to face as an artist and a human being. I give song writing credit to Mary as her advice throughout the workshop helped me to see the song that needed to be written. She helped me find the truth I was afraid to write about and ultimately afraid to face. Songwriting credits on “Shakedown Soul” are also given to Sonya Ziegler because she has been my musical sounding board for over five years now— she was very much involved in the development of my solo show, my acoustic CD “Finding My Way Back Home”, my poetry book “Whisperings – A Collection Of Poems By Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey”, my last studio CD release “Sweet Spirit”, and now “Shakedown Soul”.

The angst, joy, new growth in learning to accept myself, facing some hard truths and fears, and personal development process I’ve been through this past year has been just that, a “shakedown” of my very soul.

This past October I celebrated being sober now for 6 years but it’s just recently that I’ve started into a 12-step recovery process because I find that as a person with an addictive personality, being an “a-holic” continues in the form of negative patterns and ways of behaving until really being dealt with. For me, I’m a workaholic and the struggle with self worth is non-ending. There is no amount of success that can heal such wounds, so I’m happy to share that this year has presented many things to be thankful for— sobriety for 6 years, an amazing collection of friends that support and love me, Sonya Ziegler whom has stood by my side through the difficulties that a busy career and personal struggles presented, my mom and dad for loving me unconditionally, and you— each and every one of you who’s taking the time to read these words.

KRB Rehearsal_Photo by Sonya ZieglerAfter touring with my band this summer and sharing so much magic on stage, I knew that I wanted Tobe to produce the CD— and I asked for he and Rikk to play on the tracks. During the recording process we didn’t even see each other, as we all have our own personal recording studios, we all trusted each other musically. I asked Tobe to bring in elements of his production skills like “scratching”, DJ work, and his hip-hop and funk background from years of production work with Bootsy Collins, and I said “Dude, make me cool!” And he did… coupled with Rikk Manning’s stunning bass work throughout these tracks; laying down the best and deepest bass grooves I’ve EVER heard in my life! WOW— I’m thrilled! Sonya Ziegler did the amazing artwork and photography for the CD, and designer Gary Kelley put it all together. Their team work to bring Sonya’s artistic master to print is the icing on the cake. Me, I just play guitar and sing! LOL!

I’m proud to introduce to you “Shakedown Soul”— and I’m releasing this to my fan base first, before taking the CD to national press and radio. With your order, you’ll get an immediate FREE download of ”Shakedown Soul” to listen to while you wait for the hardcopy of the CD’s arrival on your doorstep.

I Thank you in advance for giving me a place to land in this crazy and wonderful musical landscape. I can’t wait for you to hear “Shakedown Soul”!

KRB Rehearsal_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

KELLY RICHEY SOLO

Friday night Kelly Richey will be flying solo in Waterville, which is just outside of Toledo, Ohio— at 3rd Street Cigar, home of John Henry’s blues club. If you’re in the area stop by and prepare yourself for a special sonic treat as Kelly burns up the fretboard on her vintage ’65 Strat. It’s a show you won’t forget!

KELLY RICHEY SOLO!!!
12/18/2015 at 08:00 PM
THIRD STREET CIGAR
Waterville, OH

A Tribute to Gene Curtis R.I.P. — For those who knew Gene Curtis he loved the BLUES and one of his all-time favorite artist was Kelly Richey . In a tribute to Gene Curtis his life and the contributions that he made to the Blues Music scene, Kelly Richey will perform a live performance dedicated to Gene Curtis! The performance will be Friday December 18th from 8:30 to 11:30 at Third Street Cigar in Waterville, Ohio. We invite all to attend and remember Gene and enjoy the music that he so dearly loved.

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

CD Review from a Fan – Marie Atwell

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Fan: Marie Atwell

Hey Kelly!  I just sat and listened to every track on your new CD…here is my 2 cents worth, feel free to use whatever you wish. or delete this email…and Congratulations on the CD it KICKS!!

I have just listened to Kelly Richey’s new CD Shakedown Soul..the following is just a brief review of what to expect when you purchase her latest CD…

Track 1. Fading – If this was the only song on the CD, it would be worth the price of the cd…the song is That great!!…Everything about it shines…

Track 2. You Wanna Rock – The kick off of this song reminds me of the late 60’s, you would have heard something like this song in a club called the Purple Cookie…or something like that.!! I know Hendrix is smiling down on this track…!! Love It!

Track 3. Lies – this song just has a deep heavy groove that doesn’t let up.It’s infectious,you will be singing…lies, lies…the rest of the day after hearing this song…Love Kelly’s guitar work on this song just killer guitar on this track..!

Track 4. The Artist In Me – this song John Lennon and George Harrison would have been happy to have played on this track…Awesome song!

Track 5. Love-..loved this song the first time I heard it and saw the video,just a Great written in your face rockin’ song!! Yeah!!

Kelly Richey glitchedTrack 6. Afraid To Die – I not only love the song I think the video is amazing…This is a very haunting rock song with that heavy groove that feels like it just may drown you and pull you down to the bottom of your soul,and you are not only Afraid To Die,you are afraid of what you might see…!  Love the ending on this song,Kelly takes you into the Abyss

Track 7. Only Going Up – just a Raw Rockin’ song with powerful lyrics and a very cool ending.

Track 8.  Just Like A River – if you can listen to this song and not tap your feet and play air drums or air guitar,then you have more will power than I do ! I can see an arena audience going crazy when they hear this song.! It’s just a Super Cool Song-Rock On Kelly Richey!

Track 9.- I Want To Run – love the lyrics,love the rockin groove,love Kelly’s playing she just has hit it out of the stadium on this track..

Track 10. Fading (acoustic) – Great song,in fact after listening to this acoustic version,this may very well be  Kelly Richey’s “Landslide”…

These are my overall thoughts on Kelly Richey’s latest CD Shakedown Soul. .I have to say I loved Kelly’s last cd I thought it was a Great CD, after listening to this new CD Shakedown Soul, I believe it is her best album to date…Kelly Richey just keeps getting better!!! Congratulations!! Rock On!!

Marie Atwell
Destiny Rules Productions
Guitarist/Voice Over Talent
Forever Media
New Castle PA

God Woke Me Up

God Woke Me Up – Kelly Richey

God woke me up this morning, with something more to say.
Before your feet hit the ground, please don’t run away.
Confusion is that part of life, things you don’t understand.
Because you’re too busy trying to live, without a helping hand.

Do you think that you can see, a single mile ahead,
As you’re trapped inside your thoughts, anxiety fills your head.
You worry what might come each day, and what has slipped away,
When everything in front of you, has the most to say.

Please be still and hear my words, a GPS of sorts,
Try not to move without a clue, because I know your heart.
Stop trying to live, instead just love, and you will find your way,
Through any trouble that you find, let love become your art.

Written by Kelly Richey

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Hello from New Mexico!

Hello from New Mexico! 

It’s been an eventful week with lots of travel that started off in Cincinnati with my band,  and is wrapping up in New Mexico before heading home.  On Tuesday The Kelly Richey Band played in Cincinnati’s Fountain Square for the Major League Baseball Parade.  On Friday I was in Taos, New Mexico playing a live radio show on KTAO, and then on to a wonderful music festival in Aztec, New Mexico, Close to the Colorado border.

Today I’m holding a guitar instruction workshop in Aztec before heading back home for shows this weekend in my home town of Lexington on Friday, and a new club in Louisville, KY called the Planet.

Check out the photos from this weeks journey…!

This Week Kelly Richey Solo:

Friday – July 24th, 2015
Kelly Richey Solo – 9pm
Natasha’s Bistro
112 Esplanade Alley
Lexington, KY
Venue: (859) 259-2754

Saturday – July 25th, 2015
Kelly Richey Solo – 8pm
The Planet Bar & Bistro
1565 Bardstown Rd.
Louisville, KY
Venue: 502-654-7866

The Kelly Richey Band Live at Fountain Square in Cincinnati, OH – Kelly Richey, Rikk Manning, Tobe Donohue

Kelly Richey - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

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On the very last song the heaven opened up and it started to rain– we were soaked!!!!!

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Kelly Richey Live on KTAO in Taos, NM

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Kelly Richey Solo in Aztec, New Mexico

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The Kelly Richey Band at Thunder Bay Blues Festival

The Kelly Richey Band at Thunder Bay Blues Festival

We had a blast this past weekend at the Thunder Bay Blues Festival!  The Thunder Bay Blues Festival staff were super nice– we’d like to give a shout out to say THANK YOU– we really enjoyed ourselves!  The weather was perfect and the crowd was amazing… the festival was located on the Northern shore of Lake Superior — wow — what a view!

Everything was great until the drive home… the water pump went out in the van and we were stranded just outside Duluth, MN.  A wonderful family (Linda and Mike Rosin) who lived across from where we broke down were kind enough to give Rikk and Tobe a ride to the Duluth airport to rent a car so they could get home to their families– and Sonya and I stayed behind while the van was serviced.  Thank you Mike and Linda! Your kindness and helpfulness were very much appreciated, and we will be sure to “pay it forward”!

The van broke down on Sunday — it’s Tuesday and we’re still stranded, however, the van is scheduled to be finished by this evening and we should (fingers crossed) be on our way back to Cincinnati by tonight.

Thank you to all who came out to see us play in Canada.  We look forward to coming back–  see you down the road!

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Rikk Manning, Tobe Donohue, Kelly Richey

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

The Kelly Richey Band - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

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Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

My only day off was spent in The Villages where a dear friend was kind enough to let us stay a few days in her summer home.  The Villages is a large community of (mostly) golfers, with great restaurants AND a Starbucks just one mile for the house.  Thank you John and Mary, I really appreciate your kindness and generosity!

On Saturday, we drove a few hours on back roads to a little town named Palatka where the Blue Crab Festival that I’ve played on several occasions is held.  Unfortunately a favorite spot of mine, Billy’s Downtown Blues, recently closed, but the locals who support music are still alive and well in supporting Billy and his wife Gaye to hold backyard ”house parties”.  Billy and Gaye’s home has a large backyard that had a stage and lights and plenty of seating.  I played to packed house– it was a mini rock concert and oh, so much fun!  Thank you Billy and Gaye for hosting this event, it was a blast!

On Sunday, we headed to Bradenton (near Sarasota) for a guitar instruction workshop and evening performance at Ace’s where I’ve played for a number of years.  My longtime friends who recently moved to this area from Michigan live just two miles from Ace’s.  After guitar lessons, and a live performance to a warm and welcoming crowd we grabbed our last nights sleep before heading home. Chista and Hugh are known for their hospitality and we awoke to fresh blueberries, mangos, chocolate croissants AND a cooler packed with healthy food for the long drive home!  Also, Christa and Hugh were kind enough to take Sonya on a mini-tour of the area so that she could take some photos.  Thank you Hugh and Christa, your hospitality was wonderful— and it was so nice to catch up with you!

Once on the road, we stopped at RVR Horse Rescue to visit one of my dearest, lifelong friends, Kitrina Kelly and see the amazing work being done to save animals that have been abandoned, abused, or no longer wanted. It was hot, but well worth the heat and bright sun to tour the rescue.  RVR Horse Rescue is a non-profit organization and is run strictly by volunteers.  It truly is an amazing place staffed with wonderful, loving, selfless women who give 100% to the animals they rescue.  RVR Horse Rescue has a fan page on Facebook which is updated regularly and has some wonderful stories of the horses they have rescued.  Please Facebook “Like” them— they would truly appreciate it! Sonya got some amazing photos— check these out: http://www.sonyaziegler.com

Back home to Cincinnati this week for two solid days of teaching and a recording session with the amazing Cheryl Renee before hitting the road again for more festivals and opening for Heart with the band! This will be a GREAT show, and we are very, very excited and honored to be opening for one of my all-time favorite bands!

This week The Kelly Richey Band hits the road for a long string of festivals:

Friday, June 19th, 2015 – 8pm
Loogootee Summerfest
Loogootee, IN

Saturday, June 20th, 2015 – 10pm
Alpena Blues Festival
Alpena, MI

Wednesday, June 24th – 7pm
Broad Street Bash
Middletown, OH

Sunday, June 28th – 7pm
Spyglass Ridge Winery
Sunbury, PA
Opening for Heart

Kelly Richey in Pensacola, FL - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey in Pensacola, FL - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Pensacola Beach, FL – Paradise Bar & Grill

Kelly Richey in Paltaka, FL - Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey in Palatka FL - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Palatka, FL – Billy’s Downtown Blues

Kelly Richey in Bradenton FL - Aces - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Kelly Richey in Bradenton FL - Aces - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Bradenton, FL – Ace’s Live Music

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

The Kelly Richey Band ROCKS It Hard

The Kelly Richey Band ROCKS It Hard

The Kelly Richey Band returns to the stage in full force with a new line-up AND a new sound! Rikk Manning absolutely rips apart the bass guitar and Tobe Donohue lays it down on drums– and adds a new sonic dimension as he scratches and delivers beats that bring the audience to their feet with their heads banging and their boots stomping! Richey scorches her Strat’s fretboard hotter than ever before with new songs from her soon-to-be-released new CD, along with crowd pleasers like “Risin’ Sun”, “Feelin’ Under” and “Leavin’ It All Behind”.

Be sure to check out KRB’s Summer of LOVE Tour Schedule and come enjoy a new and exciting journey to the depths of BLUES and GROOVES! And Sonya Ziegler is back in action with her camera capturing the magic as it happens! Stay tuned for more tunes, news, and photos!

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Rikk Manning, Tobe Donohue, Kelly Richey

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Kelly Richey, Rikk Manning, Tobe Donohue

Kelly Richey “Summer Of LOVE” Tour 2015

Kelly Richey “Summer Of LOVE” Tour 2015

Get ready for the “Summer Of LOVE” Tour with Kelly Richey, Tobe Donohue, and Rikk Manning!  Check out this fantastic list of festivals, and be sure to mark your calendar.  Recently, I’ve added several new festival dates, such as the Fraze Pavilion where The Kelly Richey Band will open for the rock band Boston, and the Thunder Bay Festival, where the band will be sharing the bill with Johnny Lang and Paul Rogers!  We can’t wait!  Also, I’m excited to be playing three festivals solo– one taking me all the way to New Mexico!  The band is blending many new sounds into the show, and will be playing some old favorites as well as new material from the upcoming new CD!  I’m looking forward to seeing old fans and friends and making new ones as well!.  I hope to see you there!

Note:  Stay tuned for a visual feast this summer as Sonya Ziegler will be traveling to all shows and photographing our Summer of LOVE Tour!

The Kelly Richey Band Festivals 2015

May 22, 2015 – Lexington, KY – MoonDance at Midnight Pass Amphitheater
May 23, 2015 – Elizabeth, KY – BBQ, Blues & Bikes 2015 Festival
May 30, 2015 – Sunbury, PA – Crow Music Festival at Spyglass Ridge Winery
June 19, 2015 – Loogootee – IN – Loogootee Summerfest 
June 20, 2015 – Alpena, MI – Alpena Blues Festival
June 24, 2015 – Middletown, OH – Broad Street Bash
July 2, 2015 – Kettering, OH – Fraze Pavilion – Opening for Boston
July 4, 2015 – Thunder Bay, ON – Thunder Bay Blues Festival
August 1, 2015 – Lebanon, OH – Lebanon Blues Fest
August 7, 2015 – Cincinnati, OH – Cincinnati Summer Blues Festival
August 14, 2015 – Thornton, NH – White Mountain Boogie
September 5, 2015 – Eaton, OH – Eatonic Music Festival 2015
September 15, 2015 – Somerset, KY – Lake Cumberland Blues BBQ & Arts Festival

Kelly Richey Festivals 2015

Juy 9, 2015 – Hamilton, OH – RiversEdge Amphitheater Concert Series
July 18, 2015 – Aztec, NM – Animas River Blues Festival
August 28, 2015 – Cincinnati, OH – Womens Way Concert Series @ Centennial Barn

Kelly Richey_Photo by Sonya Ziegle

Kelly Richey

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Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue

Rikk Manning

Rikk Manning

Come My Way – by Kelly Richey

Come My Way – by Kelly Richey

Hidin’ in the doorway
Watchin’ as the sun goes down.
Lovin’ you and holdin’ you and feeling fine.
It’s your time and my time together,
It’s your time and my time forever.
It’s summertime and I watch you climb
Back to the sky to rain again.
Come my way, you know I feel a fire
Comin’ down
It’s your time and my time together,
It’s your time and my time forever.

 

10_Come My Way_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Whisperings – A Collection of Poems by Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey
Available as paperback book w/ spoken word CD included or purchase book and spoken word CD as Digital Download. Click Here

Spoken Word MP3: Come My Way

KellyRicheyLive-PhotosbySonyaZiegler-Hi-Res_10 copyKELLY RICHEY – ABOUT

Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.  Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.

Richey has been teaching guitar almost as long as she’s been playing; with over three decades of teaching experience under her belt, she is a deeply dedicated and inspirational guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date.  Richey teaches both privately and through the online teaching course with TrueFire.  Richey has put out a number of instructional videos and teaches several guitar workshops around the country.  Richey has a rock solid understanding of blues guitar techniques, which she passionately passes on to her students. She’s a warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique teaching style who relates exceptionally well to her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. Her goal is to provide expert instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, so that he or she can excel to full potential.

 

No Way Out – by Kelly Richey

No Way Out – by Kelly Richey

There’s a way in —
but there ain’t no way out —
Some call it love —
others call it doubt —
On down the road where —
everything lies there-
Dream your dreams —
then watch them fly away —
I came to you then —
your heart was free then —
It was all so simple —
we weren’t even friends —
Your eyes grew lonely —
my life was only —
Something you would hold —
before you ran away.
Through your eyes you
saw what you wanted to
You’d cry out for help —
like you’d cry out for dope —
I thought I knew you —
I lost my faith inside your open wounds.

 

9_No Way Out_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Whisperings – A Collection of Poems by Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey
Available as paperback book w/ spoken word CD included or purchase book and spoken word CD as Digital Download. Click Here

Spoken Word MP3: No Way Out

KellyRicheyLive-PhotosbySonyaZiegler-Hi-Res_10 copyKELLY RICHEY – ABOUT

Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.  Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.

Richey has been teaching guitar almost as long as she’s been playing; with over three decades of teaching experience under her belt, she is a deeply dedicated and inspirational guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date.  Richey teaches both privately and through the online teaching course with TrueFire.  Richey has put out a number of instructional videos and teaches several guitar workshops around the country.  Richey has a rock solid understanding of blues guitar techniques, which she passionately passes on to her students. She’s a warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique teaching style who relates exceptionally well to her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. Her goal is to provide expert instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, so that he or she can excel to full potential.

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey News & Updates

Kelly Richey Band Live:
The Kelly Richey Band kicked off 2015 this past weekend with an explosive performance at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest!  WOW– what a weekend of great entertainment presented by the Cincinnati Blues Society!

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Kelly Richey – Artist on Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association:

Kelly Richey’s passion extends beyond her traditional music landscape as a performer into the world of public speaking delivering workshops and music history for school programs.  This week Kelly will deliver three after school performances as an Artist On Tour for the Cincinnati Arts Association.  Her performances will be centered on a history of blues music, showing young people how blues is the foundation for modern music today– from rock n’ roll to hip-hop.

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Kelly Richey SOLO This Week:

Kelly Richey will perform three SOLO shows this week!  The first show will be in Kelly’s hometown of Lexington, KY at the Tadoo Lounge where she will share the bill with Lexington singer/songwriter Chris Sullivan (The Swells, Big Maracas) to perform from his recent solo debut album, ‘Western Movies.’  Also, Kelly with give a special performance in Maysville, KY at a new venue formerly know as the Banque, and on Valentine’s Day, Kelly will perform at Cincinnati’s wildly popular Art of Entertaining.  Mark you calendar now and please spread the word.  You’ll have three chances to catch Kelly Richey in an intimate setting as she delivers her powerful new solo show!  Please see details listed below.

February 12, 2015 – 6:30pm

Tadoo Lounge @ Smiley Pete’s
434 Old Vine St
Lexington, KY 40507
Phone : (859) 266-6537 ext. 41
Contact Website : http://tadoo.com/venue/smiley-pete-publishing/

February 13, 2015 – 8pm
Crowe Bar
220 Market St
Maysville, KY 41056
https://www.facebook.com/BanqueMail

February 14, 2015 – 4pm to 7pm
Art of Entertaining
2019 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, OH  45208
Phone : (513) 871-5170
https://www.cincyartofentertaining.com/

Kelly Richey Photo Shoot_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Flickr:

Be sure to check out a ton of new photos from a new photo shoot taken this week with my photographer Sonya Ziegler, along with live shots of the Kelly Richey Band at the Cincy Winter Blues Fest on Flickr: Click Here

Photos by Sonya Ziegler

My Cage – by Kelly Richey

My Cage – by Kelly Richey

I dreamed I was a butterfly
And my wings were free
There were never any feelings
Trapped inside of me
My eyes could feel the sunshine
My time was all my own
Reflection was my shadow
The breeze it was my home
But I woke inside a mirror
I screamed and cried with fear
My feelings wrapped around me
I spun another tear
I dreamed I was a woman
My wings I could not see
There were only feelings
Trapped inside of me
My eyes could see no sunshine
My time was not my own
Reflection lost its shadow
And the breeze it would not blow

 

8_My Cage_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Whisperings – A Collection of Poems by Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey
Available as paperback book w/ spoken word CD included or purchase book and spoken word CD as Digital Download. Click Here

Spoken Word MP3:  My Cage

KellyRicheyLive-PhotosbySonyaZiegler-Hi-Res_10 copyKELLY RICHEY – ABOUT

Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.  Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.

Richey has been teaching guitar almost as long as she’s been playing; with over three decades of teaching experience under her belt, she is a deeply dedicated and inspirational guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date.  Richey teaches both privately and through the online teaching course with TrueFire.  Richey has put out a number of instructional videos and teaches several guitar workshops around the country.  Richey has a rock solid understanding of blues guitar techniques, which she passionately passes on to her students. She’s a warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique teaching style who relates exceptionally well to her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. Her goal is to provide expert instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, so that he or she can excel to full potential.

Oh The Nights – by Kelly Richey

Oh The Nights – by Kelly Richey

Darkness is blazing through my window
A dim lamp is on in my one room efficiency
I can see a light over the doorway
At the house next to me
As I look through my fan sitting unsteady in the window
The wind coming from the fan is blowing my hair in my face
It would turn this page if my hand wasn’t sliding back and forth across it’s lines
The darkness is blacker against the light shining
on the wall outside
With this dim lamp — the tiniest bit of light dispels darkness
Almost to put it in its place

 

7_Oh The Nights_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Whisperings – A Collection of Poems by Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey
Available as paperback book w/ spoken word CD included or purchase book and spoken word CD as Digital Download. Click Here

Spoken Word MP3: Oh The Nights

 

KKellyRicheyLive-PhotosbySonyaZiegler-Hi-Res_10 copyELLY RICHEY – ABOUT

Kelly Richey is one of the hardest working independent musicians out there; to date logging an extraordinary 1,000,000 miles touring, and at one point in her 30-year professional career, gigging a grueling 275 days out of the year. Richey has toured in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Born in Lexington, Kentucky but now based in Cincinnati, Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. Today, a staggering 4,000 gigs later, she more than earns the title of master guitarist and singer/songwriter. She has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out”. She has been listed as among the top 100 gifted guitarists by the Truefire Community in 2011, and frequently draws comparisons to blues guitar icons Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey has shared the stage with such legends as Lonnie Mack and Albert King, and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown.  Richey has fronted her blues/rock power trio, The Kelly Richey Band since the early 1990’s, and she also performs an intense, dazzling solo show incorporating electric and acoustic guitar, looping, beats, electronic sound synthesis, and some of her more personal acoustic material.

Richey has been teaching guitar almost as long as she’s been playing; with over three decades of teaching experience under her belt, she is a deeply dedicated and inspirational guitar instructor who has taught well over 1,000 students to date.  Richey teaches both privately and through the online teaching course with TrueFire.  Richey has put out a number of instructional videos and teaches several guitar workshops around the country.  Richey has a rock solid understanding of blues guitar techniques, which she passionately passes on to her students. She’s a warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique teaching style who relates exceptionally well to her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. Her goal is to provide expert instruction tailored to meet each student’s individual needs, so that he or she can excel to full potential.

Kelly Richey Solo – Miami University Downtown Hamilton

Kelly Richey Solo – Miami University Downtown Hamilton

Last night I performed a solo show at Miami University Downtown Hamilton.  It was a very special evening— I played my electric and acoustic guitar… and performed a mix of mostly original songs— a few that I had written years ago, others that I pulled from my brand new material.  I’d like to extend a big thank you to everyone who came to the show!  What a great venue– and how nice it was to see “standing room only” on a Monday night!  Thank YOU for making it such a wonderful experience!  Here are some photos from the event:

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING:

“My first time hearing Kelly Richey and she was phenomenal!! She had a packed house when we got there but then we were told there were some empty seats in the second row. So I put in my ear plugs and sat there with my camera. I wished I’d gotten more
angles and moved around for photos. But I just wanted to sit there and take in her music. She told great short stories, and wasted no time going from one song to the next.

My first thought as the evening went on was “she plays like a guy” and thought to myself, “Do I have to give up my girl card for thinking that thought? ..” Apparently NOT since on https://kellyrichey.com/ bio she says she considers that a compliment! whew! It was nice hearing her solo, in an intimate setting but I look forward to her return to Hamilton July 9, 2015 at Rivers Edge! You should, too.

The city of Hamilton still had Christmas lights up but could’ve hooked up a generator to Kelly Richey ! She was electrifying and blew the roof off the joint. I am an acoustic music lover but as I made dinner, I saw the MUH calendar on the fridge and knew we had to get out to see her. Christopher Wells was glad we went, too!”

– Sophia Zee

Smoking show last night. Karen and I loved the small setting and music as always was amazing. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

– Keith Grant

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Photos by Sonya Ziegler

Front Porch – by Kelly Richey

Front Porch – by Kelly Richey

I’m sitting on my front porch trying to change my life
I’ve tried the kitchen, the bedroom, my studio — the living room — now the porch.
I don’t know what I might be doing wrong
I feel so low — so disappointed — not really depressed
I feel like asking the question — is this all there is?
I’m thinking about a couple of friends who killed themselves
I don’t know why they did
Maybe they didn’t have a front porch —
Don’t worry paper — I won’t leave
even you
the unfilled explanations of self — pity of the sort
I don’t want to die but shit I’m bored
I work too much — I feel like if I could just get some traction under my feet
I’d fly high — and when I landed
maybe I’d survive that too
I dream about flying — I know I can
I wanna charter a flight but I’ve too much baggage
I’m uninterested in going alone — though some days I’m not —
today I am
Today I love people — today I love “God”
In my own fragile way — I try to love
I’m on the front porch — even if it were raining
I’d still be here.

6_Front Porch_Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Photo by Sonya Ziegler

Whisperings – A Collection of Poems by Blues Guitarist Kelly Richey
Available as paperback book w/ spoken word CD included or purchase book and spoken word CD as Digital Download. Click Here

Spoken Word MP3:  Front Porch