Kelly Richey Band // Carry The Light

Nov 17, 2012

Released June 3, 2008 Sweet Lucy Records

Kelly’s guitar playing and singing are amazing. She’s been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” Kelly does things with a guitar that simply amaze me.

She has been playing over 30 years ago, starting at 15, I know her personally, and have seen her live on several occasions. Although her group has not hit the big time, they’ve been playing together for years, and it shows. Her trio is definitely the real deal power trio. It’s not easy for three instruments to get a really full sound. Cream and Hendrix did it, likewise with the KRB! When she goes into a solo she does what Hendrix said he wanted to do with his riffs: “Go straight through your ears and into your soul.”

“Carry The Light” contains music that gives a good idea of what this band can do whether it is slow blues, ballads, or full-on rocking blues. Kelly does not disappoint. The first cut “Leave the Blues Behind” grabs you and pulls you into a musical roller coaster ride. The song sequencing is near perfect, smoothly moving tune to tune. I can’t find a weak song on it. Recommended cuts? All of them, but for a quick taste tracks 1, 3, 4, & 5.  Track 10 “Lookin’ for a Fight” is definitely James Gang influenced, while the final cut “Time for a Change” starts slowly, then she pulls it out.

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