Kelly Richey News & Updates:
I’ve been in an active songwriting phase this past year, but with constant touring my song ideas were just stacking up on my computer and notebook. Once touring ended in early winter of 2014, I began working again with Duane Lundy at Shangri-La Productions in Lexington, Kentucky to begin recording new material.
I’ve been so fortunate to record with wonderful, amazing musicians who I also call friends: Robby Cozensa (Drums), Blake Cox (Bass), and Lee Carroll (Keys).
I’m taking quite a different approach as I record my next CD than I’ve done with my previous studio releases. I’m allowing myself the luxury to write, record, experiment with sound, play my new songs solo, and then bring all of the new material into rehearsal with my new band. I recorded a music video “Love” in December from a song from the first round of recordings, and last week I completed my latest music video “Afraid To Die” from the second round of recordings. I’m so very excited to have the freedom to create and expand musically both solo and with my new band! I’d like to thank Jeremiah Oschwald of BeardHouseMedia.com for all of your hard work in making these two videos come together! I’d also like to thank Sonya Ziegler for your direction and input throughout all phases of these projects!
Yes, I have a new rhythm section! In early February I began working with a new set of musicians. I was very keen on crafting a fresh new sound with my new songs, and also morphing some of my older material to give it a bit of an updated twist musically. The creative process must be fed and nurtured, and this change is proving to be the musical support I need as I continue to create and expand my musical horizon.
My new drummer, Tobe “TOBOTIUS” Donohue mixed my 2014 CD, The Kelly Richey Band Live At The Blue Wisp, and he also played on “Sister’s Gotta Problem”. Tobe has been working with me in the studio to create the beats that I need to take my solo show to a level that allows me to jam at new heights on my guitar. The raw space of one electric guitar against a heavy groove is something I LOVE about the Black Keys and White Stripes! I have more musical freedom now than I’ve had since the earliest part of my career—when marketing wasn’t part of the equation, and music was 100% of the drive. Tobe is a masterful player and a great friend. His extensive list of credentials is simply staggering, and his down-to-earth nature is so refreshing!
Rikk Manning is a bassist I’ve seen and heard about for years— and when I called him it was perfect timing as he was very interested in getting involved in a new project. Rikk is truly a powerhouse bass player masterful at funk, rock, blues and jazz— playing both electric bass and upright bass. He’s even been known to add distortion to an upright bass and tear it up in ways that are wickedly unique and powerful! Rikk writes as well, and just released a new single from a CD he’s working on. It’s wonderful to explore new territory in such capable hands!
As a last note: I’m starting to deliver live guitar instruction workshops at a new music school here in the Cincinnati area. I will be offering six-week workshops that include access to my online instructional videos as part of the package. All ages and all levels are welcome! I want to insure you that I enjoy working with beginners just as much as I enjoy working with advanced students! I will be doing workshops on the business of music, social media marketing, and building your fan base. I’m excited to be working with this great team of instructors: Be sure to check out ETB Music for all your music instruction needs. My workshops will be Tuesday night at 6:30 PM starting April 14th. ( ETB Music | 5958 Harrison Ave. | Cincinnati, OH 45248 | 513-289-0104 )
New video, new band, new festival dates for a new and exciting year! I’m happy, grateful, and I want to thank each and everyone of you for being with me for the ride. Thank you for your support and loyalty, it means so much to me!
Photos by Sonya Ziegler