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 shy 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. In the decade that followed, in addition to her solo CDs and appearances with BWA, she appeared as a bassist on many other artists' CDs.