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Showing posts with label Kelly Richey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Kelly Richey. Show all posts

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sweet Lucy Records artist: Kelly Richey - Shakedown Soul - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Shakedown Soul, from Kelly Richey and it's a strong blues rocker. Opening with Fading, a solid rocker, Richie, on vocals and guitar is joined by Rikk Manning on bass and Tobe Donohue on drums. With quite an aggressive bottom, Richey grinds out blues riffs on her guitar giving this release a good start. You Wanna Rock has a really cool rhythm and a gargantuan guitar and bass riff. With absolute style, Richey leads on vocals and breaks out with an excellent guitar solo. This track has so much swagger it deserves it's own zip code. Excellent! Lies, another solid rocker, has the addition of John Lord like keyboard by Lee Carroll and Richey's guitar solos are nicely punctuated by additional drums and percussion by Robby Cozensa. The Artist In Me has a lot of grit and a super drum sequence. Love has an interesting early San Francisco sound. Richey's voice resembles Karen O. but her guitar says drive. Cool! Afraid To Die is a cool, suspenseful romp. With a heavy overtone and loose grungy backing, this track leaves a feel of Ted Nugent. Only Going Up has a solid drive and an interesting turn around. Hot bass lines and crisp drums keep this track tight. Just Like A River is a straight up rocker with traces of Led Zep with driving drums and a big bass line. I Want To Run adds a bit of funk and hops the track. I really like Manning's bass work on this track giving it extra zip. Richey flexes her guitar muscles on this track a bit for a solid punch. Wrapping the release is an acoustic version of Fading. Interested in a solid blues ya go!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Real Blues Festival Of Orange County

The Orange County Blues Society is proud to present, for the sixth year in a row, The Real Blues Festival of Orange County. Malone's Concert Venue, 604 E Dyer Rd, Santa Ana, CA 92705, (714) 979-6000 will once again be hosting the event. 

The date this year is Sunday, September 13 from noon until 8 PM. Tickets are $20 at the door, $15 on the Orange County Blues Society website and $10 for any card carrying Blues Society member.

This Blues and nothing but the Blues event will have five bands on the Malone's stage. The Godfather of Orange County Blues, Papa J and the Chairman of the Board of the Orange County Blues players, Richard Hassebrock will be bringing their brand of back porch blues.

Bluespower, featuring Kenny BD Williams, Rich Smith and Joe Dolci bring their rocking' brand of the blues. Each of these guys has years of varied experiences that come together and create Bluespower!

The Stoney B Blues Band Stoney B is the real deal, a true Blues Man. He was born in Chicago. He grew up listening to his father, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf, playing the Blues and his dad learnt his Blues from the Chicago Blues Legend, Howling Wolf. During Stoney B's career he has played behind well-known Blues Musicians such as Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Guitar Embry and the Blues Kings, Son Thomas, Homesick James, Lovie Lee, Roosevelt Boobie Barnes and Willie Mississippi Foster. The Band delivers an outstanding Blues Show of Chicago and Southern Style Blues played by Masters of the Blues. Stoney B’s soulful licks and brilliant guitar riffs and his dynamic vocals will transfix you as he delivers heart and soul felt Blues. His Band has Lance Dieckmann who is a well known and highly respected local musician whose powerful Vocals and Harmonica playing always leaves people amazed. On the Keyboards is Pat Kelley a wonderful entertainer and musician. The Band is backed on the Bass by Doug Brunelle and on Drums by Paul Carlomagno.

Chase Walker Band a group of California teens has spent the past 24 months launching their explosive blues infused rock assault on the clubs and festivals across the US, including the Vans Warped Tour, The International Blues Challenge, House of Blues, and more, opening for greats like Kenny Loggins, B.B. King, Eric Sardinas, Tab Benoit, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and American Idol star Casey Abrams.  

The Griff Hamlin Band is the culmination of those 20+ years and literally thousands and thousands of miles. In Griff Hamlin Band, Griff has surrounded himself with the highest caliber of musicians and performers anywhere. With so much experience under their belt, what this band excels at is connecting quickly with a crowd and taking them down a transformational journey through music that everyone can relate to - the blues.

In addition to this great musical lineup Malone's has a great variety of beer, booze and food to satisfy your taste buds.

And as if that's not enough,Israeli Blues great, Lazer Lloyd has donated a vintage white Dean Bel-Aire used by Lazer in the video for his hit single "Burning Thunder" which was an exclusive premiere on Vintage Guitar magazine in part due to the inclusion of this beautiful white guitar against the lush green backdrop of Chastain Park in Atlanta where the video was shot.Ticket for the raffle are available at the Festival and on the OCBS website at


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The 2015 Cincy Blues Fest, August 7 & 8, Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

August 7-8, Sawyer Point Park, Cincinnati, Ohio

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Sweet Spirit - Kelly Richey - New Release Review

I just received the newest release (formal release date March 19, 2013), Sweet Spirit from Kelly Richey. This is a hard driving blues soaked rock release. Opening with Feelin' Under, Richey wields a mighty heavy axe and the band has definite intentions. I Went Down Easy has a strong blues line and raspy the voiced Richey throws down some pretty heavy guitar riffs with comparisons to Hendrix, Stevie, Frank Marino... she can flat out play! The is a really cool track and well supported by Freekbass on bass, Bobby Cosenza on drums and Duane Lundy on percussion. Leavin' It All Behind follows in the same vein and if it's hard rockin blues guitar that you want, you need look no farther. This is the best hard rockin blues guitar release that I've heard in a long time. Fast Drivin' Mama is another scorcher based loosely on I'm A Road Runner. This takes the general feel of the track but takes out the slow swing and puts in not only a lot of drive but flashy guitar riffs. One Way Ticket has the structure of a Hendrix song but done with a heavy blues rock flair. Richey doesn't monkey around on the guitar ...she means business. Dyin' opens with some cool reverb soaked guitar in open space. A slow quiet ballad, it has a old style blues base and is delivered in stripped down format. The release closes with Hard Workin' Woman, a more straight forward rocker with a trace of blues. This is the track that would likely draw airplay, not venturing far from TDC.

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