NAME: Kelly Richey, The Kelly Richey Band
BAND MEMBERS: Kelly Richey (Guitar/Vocals), Freekbass (Bass/Vocals), Jyn Yates (Drums/Vocals)
DESCRIPTION: Female-fronted power trio playing gritty, hard driving, riff-driven, original blues-based rock.
COMPARISONS: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, George Clinton, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Funkadelic, Cream, Joe Bonamassa, John Mayer, Walter Trout, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt.
INFLUENCES: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, Cream, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Janis Joplin, Roy Buchanan, Funkadelic, Heart, Black Keys, R.L. Burnside, Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Freddie King, Lonnie Mack, Fleetwood Mac.
HOMEBASE: Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.A
MUSICAL GENRE: Blues/Rock/Indie/Funk/Americana
ABOUT: INCENDIARY BLUES AND MONSTER GROOVES! The Kelly Richey Band features heavy, riff-soaked blues guitar driven head first into monster funk bass lines and rock/hip hop infused backbeats. The Kelly Richey band sports a new line-up for 2013. Freekbass and Jyn Yates are coming onboard to join Kelly Richey for a powerful blues- rock/funk power trio that aims to rock the house. Kelly Richey’s inimitable, incendiary guitar work and husky vocals meet up with the legendary Freekbass, one of the best funk bassist in the music world today, and female drummer Jyn Yates, a powerhouse player who lays down solid, in-the-pocket grooves that forge the backbone for Freekbass and Richey to fly on. These masterful players bring unparalleled energy and brilliant musicianship to the stage. Traversing new territory for the Kelly Richey Band will be the group’s agenda as they deftly meld blues-rock and funk for a dizzyingly potent wall of sound.
ADDITIONAL INFO: In 2003 Kelly Richey developed a Guitar Workshop and a Blues History program for public schools, and in 2006 founded Music For Change (a non-profit organization that brings music into public schools). Kelly Richey is also a private guitar instructor, guitar workshop leader, and has been an adult education guitar instructor at Butler Tech and Career Development School in Hamilton, Ohio.
1994: Sister's Gotta Problem
1995: The Blues Don't Lie
1996: Live at Tommy's On Main
1997: Eyes of a Woman
1998: Dig a Little Deeper
1999: Kelly Richey Band Live
2001: Sending Me Angels
2003: Kelly Richey Live...As It Should Be
2004: Kelly Richey Live
2007: The Kelly Richey Band Live at the Thirsty Ear
2008: Carry the Light
2012: Finding My Way Back Home
2012: Kelly Richey Live 1996-2011
2013: Sweet Spirit
Frank Roszak Promotions
Kelly Richey - Bio
Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” From Lexington, Kentucky, Kelly Richey is a master Blues guitarist who has been compared to such legends as Jimi Hendrix, Walter Trout, Bonnie Raitt and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Richey’s powerful guitar chops capture an audience with muscular, aggressive guitar leads that will amaze even the most seasoned blues enthusiast. Richey has been touring as a pro since her teens; for over 30 years, Richey has been burning up the fret board on her Strat with hard-hitting, riff driven, gritty blues-based rock. Kelly Richey fronts her power trio The Kelly Richey Band, with a gutsy authority and fret board prowess that leave stunned audiences in her wake. Simply put, her live shows have to be seen to be believed. The heady combination of Richey’s powerful alto and the sheer intensity in her playing solidify Kelly Richey’s standing among the best blues guitarists known today.
Freekbass - Bio
Freekbass is a master Funk bassist, reaching legendary status for his technical virtuosity and dynamic, infectious live performances. Freekbass was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and honed his chops at an early age in the local music scene that is known for producing a long list of superb Funk and Hip Hop musicians like Parliament, Zapp, Bootsy Collins, The Ohio Players, and Midnight Star. After graduating from The School for Creative and Performing Arts, Freekbass formed the hugely successful national touring bands Shag and Freekbass. A protégé of flamboyant Funk icon Bootsy Collins, Freekbass brings to the stage monster grooves that showcase his superlative technical ability, master showmanship and solid musical sensibility. Freekbass has played with a multitude of notable musicians including Bernie Worrell, Victor Wooten, DJ Logic, Bootsy Collins, Ivan Neville’s Dumstphunk, and Buckethead. Power, precision, and lightening fast chops define his commanding bass work and unique Funk sound. To date, Freekbass has released five CD’s, and a live DVD, and has garnered glowing reviews in Bass Player Magazine and Bass Frontiers Magazine. Freekbass also teaches, and has released several instructional DVD’s. Currently Freekbass plays with Headtronics, FREEKBOT, and the Blues/Rock/Funk power trio The Kelly Richey Band. Freekbass endorses Kustom, Roscoe Basses, Moog, D’addario Strings, EMG Pickups, and Mono Cases.
Jyn Yates - Bio
Jyn Yates grew up in a musical family and has been rocking behind the kit from the age of three. Her father was a well-respected drummer and Jyn inherited his proclivity and enthusiasm for percussion that only grew stronger as the years went by. Studying percussion continually while in grade school, Jyn went on to make a career out of playing the drums and entered the music scene in the 1980’s. She made her stage debut at the age of thirteen, opening for Tim McGraw and The Kentucky Headhunters. Since then, she has appeared as a studio musician on countless projects, and continued her study of music and percussion at WKU and Campbellsville University. In addition, she has performed for Actor’s Theater, The Kentucky Center For The Arts, Youth performing Arts School, Center Stage, and she worked with Alvin Alley American Dance Theatre of New York. Jyn is also an esteemed drum instructor teaching drum set performance and percussion composition full-time at Mom’s Music in Louisville Kentucky.
Photos by: Sonya Ziegler