THE SPEAR SHAKERS 2019
THE SPEAR SHAKERS
Featuring Kelly Richey & Sherri McGee
Kelly Richey’s vision to develop an all-original female blues-rock power duo was inspired by her love for bands like the White Stripes, The Kills, The Flat Duo Jets and the Black Keys. The Spear Shakers features Kelly Richey on lead guitar and vocals and Sherri McGee on the drums. The raw power, electrifying force, and psychedelic sound of these two stars form a new constellation. Two words can be used to sum up these women: Bad-Ass! McGee’s blues-rock shamanic-grooves lay the thundering foundation for Richey’s masterful guitar jams delivered with a muscularity that will move your soul and melt your face.
The Spear Shakers are a psychedelic version of the White Stripes, and unbridled extrapolation of the Black Keys, and, if they were a drug, an overdose of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde, and Janis Joplin packed tightly into one pill. This blues-rock power duo proves that rock n’ roll is not dead, and the fire they deliver will ignite your soul.
The Spear Shakers have just finished their first release featuring songs from Richey’s extensive catalog. Recorded live in the studio, these three songs are being released in audio and video format, bearing witness to who these women warriors are—a force to be reckoned with.
Something’s Going On
I Went Down Easy
The Spear Shakers Live
About Kelly Richey
Kelly Richey is one of the hardest-working independent musicians in the music business today. When it comes to touring, this Cincinnati-based blues rocker can truly claim the title “Queen of the Road Warriors.” The veteran guitar-slinger has covered the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia in her 30-year career. Fronting her blues/rock power trio, Kelly has played over 4,000 shows, logged a mind-boggling 1 million road miles (and counting) and released 16 albums on her private label, Sweet Lucy Records, earning her reputation as a master guitarist and singer/songwriter. This ain’t no polite, watered-down sound. It’s hardcore blues-rock on steroids, a blistering, in-your-face tour de force.
Born in Lexington, Kentucky but living in Cincinnati since 2000, Kelly Richey started playing guitar at the age of 15. The late Lonnie Mack was so impressed with her hyper-muscular playing and singing that he described her as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body.” Listed among the “top 100 gifted guitarists” by the influential Truefire Community, Kelly frequently draws comparisons to guitar icons from Stevie Ray to Jimi Hendrix. Throughout her career, Richey has shared the stage with legends like Lonnie Mack and Albert King and has opened for Boston, Heart, 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.
About Sherri McGee
Sherri McGee knew she wanted to play drums since she was a toddler. Before getting a real drum kit, she played along to Tom Jones and Monkees records using two hairbrushes on a green Naugahyde recliner, and one of her earliest influences was watching Karen Carpenter on TV. Sherri has been called a cross between Patsy Cline and John Bonham.
Sherri started playing drums at the age of 9 when she joined the 5th-grade school band in Glasgow, KY. By the time Sherri entered high school she was in marching band, concert band, stage band, and prep band as section leader and lead snare drummer.
At age 15, Sherri joined The Flying Scotsmen, a 17-piece swing/Big band with all older men, playing songs like “Moonlight in Vermont,” “String of Pearls,” and “In the Mood. After high school, Sherri moved to Lexington, KY where she played top bass drum in the University of KY marching band.