NAME: Kelly Richey, The Kelly Richey Band
BAND MEMBERS: Kelly Richey (Guitar/Vocals), Freekbass (Bass/Vocals), Big Bamn (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 Big Bamn 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 drummer Big Bamn, 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 guitar instructor for TrueFire, a private guitar instructor, a 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 - Short 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.
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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.
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Big Bamn - Bio
Born Ken Smith II in Detroit, Michigan, Bamn was raised in the church. Bamn's father Ken Senior played organ and piano since age the age of fifteen, and to this day he is a Pastor who plays. With Bamn's older brother Sean also playing drums, it kept the two boys competing for the chance to play next to one of Detroit's greatest musicians at that time. Today, Bamn is a family man and has been playing drums for over 27 years, with four of those years in Cincinnati, Ohio. Those four years were also the first years Bamn was ever paid to play such music as R&B, Rock, Jazz, Hip Hop, etc. Bamn soon started playing for local groups all over Cincinnati, like Flawless, 513 Band, Natural Progression, The Sly Band, and list goes on. Bamn was soon one of the most sought after drummers in Cincinnati. Bamn wanted to play the drums full time and quit his day job at a local Hospital he had been working at for over 3 years; soon after, Bamn was picked up by Cincinnati’s own Funk Master Bootsy Collins. Bamn was now on the road to being a successful producer/entrepreneur and enjoyed traveling the world doing what he was born to do. Recently, Bamn got the chance to join up with The Kelly Richey Band. With Kelly Richey on guitar and Freekbass on bass guitar, Bamn is thrilled to be joining forces with these two power players and lending his solid, trademark chops to the mix. With a full schedule of Kelly Richey Band shows and constant touring coming up, Bamn is ready to play and ready for the road!