The Story Behind the Song: “Only Going Up” – Shakedown Soul

kelly richey shakedown soul“Only Going Up” is the seventh track from my 2015 record Shakedown Soul, which I co-wrote with Sonya Ziegler. Click PLAY above to listen as you read.

This is a song comes from a classic blues inspiration: the end of a relationship. Something I’m sure almost all of us can relate to.

More specifically, this is a song about a relationship that you’re very passionate about and still wanting to fight for, and about the process of coming to terms with the reality that it’s falling apart.

It’s just like a river – not like a stream
My heart is on fire, baby – this ain’t no dream
I wanna be the one – to hold your hand   
I wanna be the one – who’s there to make you stand

These lyrics describe someone who wants to make a commitment to their lover and stay with them no matter where the ride may take them. But in the second verse, you’re starting to recognize that things are falling apart, despite that passion and that will to see it through.

You gotta love yourself – far better than the rest
You’re not the only one – who wound up in a mess

Now, instead of talking about wants, you’re talking about needs. You’re starting to identify some boundaries and question whether this situation is healthy. Perhaps talking to yourself, or perhaps talking to the other person, trying to convince them that they too would be better off stepping back from the relationship. When relationships fall apart, it takes two.

I looked in the mirror – what did I see?
I looked in the mirror – that someone was not me.

There’s that moment of truth – the recognition that you’ve really gotten away from yourself while trying to follow the path the relationship was taking. Even if that intention is coming from a good place, it can still wind up being self-destructive.

Only going up from here – I can’t go down
Only going up from here – I can’t go down
Only going up from here – I can’t go down
Only going up from here – I can not break this ground

This describes the push-pull feeling of heartbreak, feeling like you’re being pulled in two directions at once.  In the last line, just think about crashing to the ground and how that would make it crack. It’s such a hard fall, such a deep disappointment – but no matter how hard you come crashing down, you can’t bust through. It’s that feeling of hitting rock bottom and realizing there’s no way to go but up.

While this is a song about heartbreak and endings, the positive side of it is that it’s also about breaking free, and realizing you’re important. You can’t give yourself up or give yourself away, not even when you’re trying to stay the course and do what you think is best. What you want and what you need are not always the same, and the gap between is where heartbreak lives.


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The Artist In Me

The Artist In Me

Your eyes tried to steal my soul
My heart turned stone and I grew cold
…that’s when i started choking

It’s through your eyes that I was lost
I found out early what a dream could cost
…and my heart was broken

I don’t know why — the artist in me kept choking

I looked to you for a sign of the times
Your eyes took me way across that line
…and I kept choking

I looked in the mirror but I was never there
I bleed inside and no one knew I cared
…and I kept choking

I don’t know why — the artist in me was choking

I said fuck this and walked out of my hell
God damn me for putting my soul up for sale
…but I was choking

I don’t know what to do to be free
I got locked up a long time ago and I can’t breathe
…and I’m still choking

I don’t know why — the artist in me kept choking – choking

I looked for a new path because I was lost
I did what I could and I paid the cost
…I had to stop choking

I knew that there was something inside of me
I knew there was something that made me breathe
…because I was choking

I didn’t know what to do so I made it up
I didn’t know where I was going but I was tough
…and I was tired… of choking… of choking… of choking… I’m done choking

Written by Kelly Richey

Shakedown Soul

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Blues Bytes Magazine

Blues Bytes Magazine

Shakedown Soul CD Review

One good thing about Kelly Richey, certainly not the only good thing, is that she rarely stays in the same place musically for very long. For her 16th and latest release, Shakedown Soul (Sweet Lucy Records), the singer/guitarist retains her usual exemplary guitar, songwriting, and vocal talents, but her usual mix of blues and rock n’ roll is enhanced with the addition of horns, DJ scratching and drum loops, and strings and synthesizers.

Shakedown Soul - Cover squareWhile Richey adds the extra bells and whistles to this new album, she doesn’t lean on it, like so many artists did years ago. Instead, it amplifies and broadens her sound to powerful effect on several tracks, like the feisty “You Wanna Rock,” “Only Going Up,” and “I Want To Run,” or the funky workouts “Lies” and “Love.” Richey’s songwriting skills are front and center on a trio of strong tunes, “The Artist In Me,” “Afraid To Die,” and “Just Like A River.”

Reportedly, Richey told producer Tobe “Tobiotus” Donohoe and bass player Rikk Manning, “You make me cool and you make me relevant and I’ll make you rock!” Donohoe, who played drums, synths, and did all of the sequencing, and Manning, who plays some monster bass on the album, more than hold up their end of the deal. As for Richey, the lady can’t help but rock …… she’s been doing it for 35 years now and is as cool and relevant as she’s ever been.

Shakedown Soul ranks as Kelly Richey’s best work to date. If you’re not familiar with her talents, this is a fine place to get started.

— Graham Clarke

Rant ‘N’ Roll

Rant ‘N’ Roll

The Aquarian
By Mike Greenblatt

TRANSCENDING BLUES AND TANGO

In 1994, guitar-slinging singer/songwriter Kelly Richey dropped her Sister’s Gotta Problem debut and followed it up in ’95 with The Blues Don’t Lie. In the 20 years since, she’s put out 13 more blues-belting barn-stormers that accentuate her husky alto voice, filled with the kind of swagger usually reserved for men (or Bonnie Raitt). In 2014, Live At The Blue Wisp was but a mere blip on the way to this: Shakedown Soul (Sweet Lucy Records), an album so convincingly original and stunningly transcendent that it takes her bread’n’butter blues to extremes.

How so, you may ask.

This ain’t your daddy’s blues album. Her experimental side—aided and abetted by producer/drummer Tobe Donahue—has resulted in something so wide-reaching, it can only be described in terms of what other artists in other genres have done with progressive producers. Think how Daniel Lanois elevated the game of Emmylou Harris on her brilliant Wrecking Ball. It wasn’t exactly country but used country as a base. Richey uses blues as her base but considering the drum loops, hip-hop scratch, horns, keyboards, strings and synthesized sequencing, all in service to her growly late night bar-room voice, the blues comes out another animal.

Think Chrissie Hynde, Sheryl Crow, Janis (of course), Big Mama Thornton, Susan Tedeschi (before she met Derek Trucks) or even Bettye Lavette. Rock’n’roll, electronica, blues, folk and gospel all get their due. Emmlou isn’t the only country analogy here. The wildly experimental side also could be akin to the kind of career Jack White has put together or what Ryan Adams originally did in Whiskeytown. There’s no end to the possibilities here.

She’s logged over 800,000 miles to play over 3,700 shows. Her touring band is just drummer Donohue and bassist Rikk Manning, two bulls in a china shop. Their wall of sound is one thing but add the kind of studio outrageousness they prefer and you have one wild soiree of the highest order. Her last studio album, 2013’s Sweet Spirit, in no way prepares one for this onslaught.

I’m partial to the closing track. “Fading” is the only piece of acoustic loveliness on the CD, her deeply bent voice pleading and beseeching within a miasma of mysterioso and atmospheric clouds of sound.

You want nothin’ but the blues? Go somewhere else. This thing reaches.

Aquarian weekly Kelly Richey

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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WMHB Top 40 Blues Chart for FEB 2016

WMHB Top 40 Blues Chart for FEB 2016

Here’s the WMHB Top 40 Blues Chart for FEB 2016.  The Top 25 was reported to LIVING BLUES and there were almost 400 spins of these artists and others on the ‘WMHB New Blues Shelf’  reported to Roots Music Report.  Thanks to bands, artists, promoters, etc. for the music!

1. THORBJORN RISAGER & THE BLACK TORNADO, Songs from the Road

2. KELLY RICHEY, Shakedown Soul

3. RB STONE, Some Call it Freedom (Some Call it the Blues)

4. JOYANN PARKER & SWEET TEA, On the Rocks

5. MARK NOMAD, #9

6. PETER V BLUES TRAIN, Peter V Blues Train

7. THE RIFF RIDERS, Hit the Road

8. MISSISSIPPI BIGFOOT, Population Unknown

9. STERLING KOCH, Rock Slide

10. THE DAMNED AND DIRTY, Hoodoo Down

11. NIKKI HILL, Heavy Hearts, Hard Fists

12. CRIS CROCHEMORE & BLUES GROOVERS, Guitar Playing Dude

13. DEB CALLAHAN, Sweet Soul

14. DENNIS JONES, Both Sides of the Track

15. TORONZO CANNON, The Chicago Way

16. ANNEE 2CU BLUES BAND, A Twist of Blues

17. LAUREN ANDERSON, Truly Me

18. MIKE ZITO & THE WHEEL, Keep Coming Back

19. BOBBY BLACKHAT, Accidental Blues

20. DUDLEY TAFT, Skin and Bones

21. LAURA RAIN AND THE CAESARS, Gold

22. DAVID GOGO, Vicksburg Call

23. KAREN LOVELY, Ten Miles of Bad Road

24. THE BEAT DADDYS, Hoodoo that We Doo

25. TODD WOLFE BAND, Long Road Back

26. JAY STOLLMAN, Room for One More

27. SHEMEKIA COPELAND, Outskirts of Love

28. THE REVEREND SHAWN AMOS,  The Reverend Shawn Amos Loves You

29. CECILE DOO-KINGUE, Anybody Listening Part 2: Dialogues

30. BALKUN BROTHERS, Balkun Brothers

31. TOMMY Z, Blizzard of Blues

32. TOMMY CASTRO & THE PAINKILLERS, Method to my Madness

33. CROOKED EYE TOMMY, Butterflies & Snakes

34. FIONA BOYES, Box & Dice

35. MONKEYJUNK, Moon Turn Red

36. REVEREND FREAKCHILD, Hillbilly Zen-Punk Blues

37. BOB MALONE, Mojo Deluxe

38. D’MAR AND GILL, Take It Like That

39. MICKE BJORKLOF & BLUE STRIP, Ain’t Bad Yet

40. CALVIN CONWAY, Dark Horse Deluxe

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New Kelly Richey Video Fading (acoustic)

New Kelly Richey Video Fading (acoustic)

I just uploaded the new promotional video for “Fading (acoustic)” to YouTube! Please share!

Fadin’ – written by Kelly Richey

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

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

You’re fadin’ – fadin’ away
You’re just another face in this crowd
with nothing to say

Through your eyes you – see what you want to
Then laugh at me because I’m just a joke
You’re so lonely – loving’ means only
What you do when there’s not time to cry

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

You’re fadin’ – fadin’ away
You’re just another face in this crowd
with nothing to say

Fading appears on the latest Kelly Richey CD titled “Shakedown Soul”.

New Kelly Richey Band Video You Wanna Rock

New Kelly Richey Band Video You Wanna Rock

I just uploaded the new promotional video for “You Wanna Rock” to YouTube! Please share!

Kelly Richey – Guitar & Vocals
Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue – Drums/DJ Scratching
Rikk Manning – Bass


“You Wanna Rock” was produced and recorded by Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue
Written by Kelly Richey and Sonya Ziegler

YOU WANNA ROCK

You wanna rock – I wanna roll…
You say you wanna rock – I wanna roll…
Before you rock me all night long –
You better have some soul.

You wanna love – all night long…
You say you wanna love – all night long…
Before you give your love to me –
Make sure your love’s strong.

You wanna fly – fly so high…
You say you wanna fly – fly so high…
Before you take me for a ride –
You gotta make me feel inside.

You Wanna Rock by Kelly Richey:
Music Video by The Kelly Richey Band

The song “You Wanna Rock” appears on Kelly Richey’s CD titled Shakedown Soul:
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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!

Kelly Richey Riff Journal - TrueFire

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!

Around Cincinnati WVXU

Around Cincinnati WVXU

Tune in tonight at 7pm, Sunday, January 10th, to hear Ron Esposito interview Kelly Richey on WVXU’s “Around Cincinnati”.  Kelly talks about her new studio album “Shakedown Soul”, and what inspired to her to write the songs; she also talks about the production on the album, and details about her band and new projects on the horizon!

To listen to this interview: Click Here

Kelly Richey Interview on WVXU with Ron Esposito - Photos by Sonya Ziegler

 

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ABOUT KELLY RICHEY: 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.

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

Fading – by Kelly Richey

Fading – by Kelly Richey

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

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

Fading – by Kelly Richey

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

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

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

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

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

Fading – from Shakedown Soul
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Photo by Sonya Ziegler

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

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

Shakedown Soul CD Release Parties

Shakedown Soul CD Release Parties:
Southbound with Kelly Richey Solo & The Kelly Richey Band LIVE!

I’m kicking off 2016 by heading southbound for three solo shows in TN and FL, and then I head to the TrueFire studios in St. Petersburg, FL for my next guitar instruction video series shoot on BLUES-ROCK GUITAR – POWER TRIO STYLE!  After the TrueFire shoot I head to the greater Atlanta area and meet the band for three shows in a row!  Check out the dates below and mark your calendars now!

Kelly Richey Solo:

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

01/08/16    Pensacola Beach, FL    Paradise Bar & Grill
Time: 6:00pm. Address: 21 Via De Luna. Venue phone: (850) 916-5087. Kelly Richey Solo More information

01/10/16    Bradenton, FL    Aces Live Music
Time: 5:00pm. Address: 4343 Palma Sola Blvd. Venue phone: (941) 795-3886. Kelly Richey Solo Kelly Richey Studio

Kelly Richey TrueFire Video Series Shoot
January 12th, 2015 – St. Petersburg, FL

Kelly Richey hits the studios at TrueFire for her second video shoot and this series will be on playing blues-rock guitar in a POWER TRIO! Check out this footage from inside the TrueFire studios:


The Kelly Richey Band:

01/15&16/16    Peachtree City, GA    Crossroads Bar & Grill
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 2580 West Hwy 54. Venue phone: (678)736-3318. Kelly Richey Band

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

Kelly Richey Tour Dates: Click Here

Shakedown Soul CD Release:

“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 producer, Tobe “Tobotius” Donohue and features a group of extraordinary musicians and back scene talent all collaborating to make the finest piece of work that Richey has done to date. All the songs are original, and feature Richey on guitar and vocals, Rikk Manning on bass, and Tobe Donohoe on drums, scratching and synths. 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!

Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul CD Release Parties

Photography 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

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

Kelly Richey Band_Oddbodys_Photos by Sonya ZieglerRikk Manning, Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue, and Kelly Richey
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Kelly Richey Band_Oddbodys_Photos by Sonya Ziegler

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

Kelly Richey Solo Blues Experience - Photos by Sonya ZieglerKelly Richey Solo – LIVE 2016

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

If You Wanna Rock We’re Gonna Roll!

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

Hey everyone! If You Wanna Rock We’re Gonna Roll!  My new CD “Shakedown Soul” is officially available for pre-order! “Shakedown Soul” has been a journey filled with profound personal growth, just as all of my prior sixteen CD’s have been.

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Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for Kelly Richey Fans ONLY!

Pre-order the hardcopy of the long-awaited new album release by Kelly Richey, “SHAKEDOWN SOUL”, and as a free gift, you’ll immediately receive the entire CD as a digital download!  The CD is a 10-track album that deftly mixes blues, funk, electronica, and Richey’s signature gritty rock and roll!

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

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

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

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

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

Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul

Artwork by Sonya Ziegler

Graphic Design by Gary Kelley

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

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