Kelly's Lot plays roadhouse rockin' blues with an energy that is upbeat, heartfelt and fun. The band was formed in 1995 by singer Kelly Zirbes after years of songwriting and playing solo. Kelly Z, a seasoned Folk/Americana singer with a heart for rock and blues, recorded her first demo CD, "Kelly's Lot", with J. Peter Robinson, (composer and former keyboard player for Phil Collins and The J. Geils Band). Working with Peter and then manager/bass player Alex Rylance was the inspiration Kelly needed to pursue music as more than just a hobby. Kelly has always been a late bloomer and her music career is no exception. Kelly's fearless confidence comes from within and her zest for life and music reflect her 'life is too short' attitude.
After the debut 'Kelly's Lot CD, the next 3 CDs were recorded 'LIVE': 'Live at The Troubadour', 'Stop And Make A Difference', and 'Trio'. During that time Kelly and her 'lot' headlined dozens of local festivals, toured regionally and went on two national tours. Several American radio stations, traditional, college and Internet, have Kelly's Lot in their rotation. Following the live recordings came two more releases: 'Come To This' and 'The Light'. Both are played in Europe and sold worldwide.
Playing for charity has become a regularity for the band starting in around 1999 and after Kelly realized that music and 'giving back' made a good match. Kelly’s Lot have been featured on many media outlets, for their music and for the charity work Kelly has done in the past and continues to embrace to this day. These include ABC Perspectives, Channel 4 in Milwaukee, Rock City News, The LA Times, Pasadena Weekly, Independent Songwriter Magazine, Mixdown Magazine, The Debra Duncan Show, Good Morning Texas, The Gordon Keith Show, and Fox TV Houston (to name some).
In 2008 'The Light' was released which showcased the diversity of the band and it's members. Three years in the making and while playing literally hundreds of gigs during that time, the band and it's members were tested. With bills to pay and the strain of family life, the love of music momentarily took a back seat but eventually won the battle and the band survived and continues to thrive. Their next release in 2009, "Pastrami and Jam", includes a list of covers which the band enjoys and has fun playing and, although It was never meant to be a CD, (just a casual get together to help a friend) the magic of the music spoke for itself and the CD was produced. When Kelly heard from her fans how much they would like her to sing more blues, she responded by doing exactly that. It was a natural progression for her and the band considering the influence that her co-writer/guitar player Perry Robertson brought all the way from Texas when he joined the band. After booking still more blues festivals, including the prestigious Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon, the Big Fish Blues Festival, Maxson Roadhouse, The Santa Clarita Blues Festival, the Pasadena Blues Festival, and the Los Angeles Blues Society annual bash, Kelly Z and the band began to go down a more 'full time' blues path. Never forgetting her roots, Kelly blends folk and rock to make the style of blues this band are known for. When asked, Kelly will tell you: "I'm excited to do more traditional blues, but I will not abandon my style on the journey. There is room for it all."
Matt McFadden on bass and Robert Dill or Sebastian Sheehan on drums add the bands signature rhythm and deep groove while Rob Zucca and Perry Robertson add the tasty guitar licks. Recently, Kelly's Lot have shared a stage with Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado and other known blues artists. With the help from European fans and friends, Kelly's Lot toured across Belgium, The Netherlands, Germany and France over the last 3 years, and recorded their CD ‘Live In Brussels’, which was released in October 2011. Their most recent CD, ‘Plain Simple Me’ brings back the singer/songwriter side to the band and features Kelly Z with her guitar plus other new sounds like violin and stand up bass. It is an emotional acoustic sound which Kelly is performing currently as the soundtrack for a book tour. The band is scheduling their stateside showdates and are planning their 4th European journey.