Kelly Richey | Speechless

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Speechless

by Kelly Richey

“It’s Richey’s fast, powerful picking hand that sets her apart from the typical blues-drenched rockers" Guitar Player Magazine.
Genre: Blues: Guitar Blues
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1. One Day We'll Feel the Sun The Kelly Richey Band
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2. Is There Any Reason The Kelly Richey Band
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3. Only the Bird Knows The Kelly Richey Band
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4. Climb the Highest Mountain The Kelly Richey Band
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5. Stand Alone The Kelly Richey Band
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6. And I Sing The Kelly Richey Band
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7. The Longest Road The Kelly Richey Band
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8. Without a Trace The Kelly Richey Band
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9. If I Could Fly The Kelly Richey Band
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With Speechless, Guitarist Extraordinaire Kelly Richey Has Something To Say


CINCINNATI, OH – With the August 8 release of her new CD, Speechless, on Sweet Lucy Records (distributed nationally by Select-O-Hits), guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire Kelly Richey returns with her first new studio album in five years.

Kelly has won multiple awards, played on stage with Lonnie Mack and Albert King, toured internationally, and as Blues Revue stated in a review of one of her earlier albums, “She’s overflowing with confidence and the kind of star power that can’t be faked.”

Speechless is worth the wait, as this latest project marks yet another achievement in Kelly’s diversified musical career. It’s a truly remarkable effort that fulfills a dream of the Cincinnati-based artist to write and record an all instrumental album that pays tribute to many of the guitarists who have both inspired and influenced her throughout the years: Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, Al DiMeola, Pat Metheny and Michael Hedges.

On Speechless, Kelly salutes several of her guitar heroes with nine songs that demonstrate the breadth of her playing. Among the many standouts, are the opening track, “One Day We’ll Feel the Sun,” with a clear nod to Jimi Hendrix; “Is There Any Reason,” which recalls the tones of Roy Buchanan; “Climb the Highest Mountain,” with its Joe Walsh/James Gang influences; “Stand Alone,” played in the Lonnie Mack style; and “Without a Trace,” which will remind listeners of the Eric Clapton/John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers sound.

Speechless represents a different perspective, an added dimension of Kelly Richey and her new band. The songs are fresh, mature, at the same time staying true to her unique ability to emote and express the passion in her playing. All songs were written and recorded in the new Sweet Lucy Records studio, Underground Playground, by Kelly and her band: David Clawson on drums and "Jimmy V" Valdez on bass. She continues to evolve as an artist and has never limited her guitar playing to only one style or genre; instead she has played straight from the heart, weaving blues and rock together expressing both the pain and the joy of life.

Kelly Richey's trademark when performing live is to take no prisoners, laying it on the line, giving everything she’s got with each and every performance. It’s paid off for Kelly and her band, winning numerous Cincinnati awards as best blues band, best rock band, best local musician and best local band. “It’s Richey’s fast, powerful picking hand that sets her apart from the typical blues-drenched rockers,” said Guitar Player magazine. “To say that Richey has bonded with her guitar is an understatement.”

This same live intensity explodes in the nine tracks found on Speechless. Until now, it’s been said that Kelly’s past live recordings were the only place to capture the raw, untouched energy of her playing at its best. Speechless showcases her guitar work at its absolute best, displaying a development, sensitivity and maturation far beyond anything else she has recorded to date. For those of you who have yet to experience Kelly Richey as a guitarist, get ready, buckle up, and strap yourself in tight!


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Ken Lawrence

Like tony the tiger would say, Grrrrreat
unlike the notes on this page, I hear more the Jimmy page style in most of these songs. although, Jeff Beck, clapton, and even Steve Morse would have reason to smile. Loved kelly's singin' and now after you hear this one, you'll love her hot playin' to. so go and get this one, and rock out to it.

Kraig McC

Powerful
This album showcases Kelly and the band and what they do best... play the blues. This is a purly instrumental rock/blues that will have you hooked. Kelly should be rated right up there with all the great blues players from SRV to Johnny Winters, powerful blues guitar at its best

Sound In The Hall Radio

Love Them!
Hi Kelly,

You remind me of my two favorite guitar players Jimi and Stevie with a bunch of pioneers as your foundation. Your playing is extremely soulful. I would love to add those 5 songs into our rotation and weekly shows. Your music will add a lot to our catalogue. Please tell all your friends and fans to tune into Sound in the Hall Radio streaming on live365.com. Join our facebook group Sound in the Hall Radio to keep in the loop. We will also feature you on our website soundinthehall.com and include a link to your site. Look forward to working with you and best of luck in your career.

Evan Luse

Wow! Wow! I mean WOW!
what an absolutely stunning and powerful CD. Kelly has such an amazing style, changing from one moment to the next. Truly mesmerizing. I have not seen anyone like her. When I first saw her in concert, my mouth just dropped! I love listening to local artist, and Kelly by far is in a league all her own. I have since purchased all her CDs.

Dave Thompson, Goldmine Magazine

...a series of stylings and storms that render you slack-jawed in amazement.”
“Kelly Richey’s first new album in five years is an incendiary blast through her influences, an all-instrumental set that picks up where the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Roy Buchanan, Jeff Beck, Pat Metheny, and Al DiMeola left off (or were once spotted) and tears hell for leather through a series of stylings and storms that render you slack-jawed in amazement.”

“Is There Any Reason” is a spellbinding recapitulation of all that made Roy Buchanan stand out, particularly in his early years, while “Without Trace” is certainly the best thing Eric Clapton forgot to record with The Bluesbreakers.”

John Shelton Ivany

"Kelly Richey is nothing short of an inspirational guitar player...
I have always said that instrumental music is way under-appreciated. This just proves the point that I have been making all along. Kelly Richey is nothing short of an inspirational guitar player, changing guitar styles like I change my socks... at least twice a week. But, with all seriousness, I have never before heard a woman rip it out on a guitar like this before.
"Speechless" is a tribute to Richey's favorite musicians, such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton, Roy Buchanan and Jeff Beck. While all of these songs are Richey's way of tipping her hat to the legends, they are in no way imitations or rip offs. All of the songs on this album are original works focused on Richey's guitar skills. And although I have not heard her voice, she is also supposed to be an amazing singer as well. This is me tippin' my hat to a new, up-and-coming guitar legend.

Gary Schwind

Yeah, she's good enough to get compared to SRV and Jimi.
This is a great instrumental blues/psychedelic rock CD. If you love guitar and generally big sounds, you need to pick this album up. I'm willing to bet that a) you'll probably put this CD on repeat and b) that you'll get lots of air guitar practice listening to it.