TR Kelley's quirky but solid stage presence readily reflects 20+ years of gigging everywhere from roadhouses and jazz clubs to big festival stages. Before the launching of THE RAVENTONES, TR was known primarily as a bassist & vocalist in the mid 90's Oregon fem-folk powerhouse quartet Babes With Axes, and a side person to many other artists in the Eugene area. Before that, TR was primarily unknown as a bassist in several touring cover bands playing B-hotels, fraternal lodges and taverns in western Washington, Oregon and British Columbia.
In 1990, TR moved permanently to Oregon, eased out of the bar-band scene, appearing at coffeehouse open-mikes with a few original songs and a low-tuned 12-string guitar. TR's subsequent "discovery" by NY folkster Tom Intondi at a Eugene Green Party coffeehouse led to a slot on a nationally-released "Fast Folk Magazine" CD in May of 1993. Her song "Clearcut Disillusion" was described by the Eugene WOW Hall Notes as a unique twist on the 1980's Northwest timber wars delivered in "...a voice that can be chilling, grounded, haunted & soaring, all at the same time."
With that small foothold, TR entered the supportive and progressive Eugene music community as an original composer and instrumentalist.