"A dash of passion, a bit of quirkiness and healthy self-confidence - that is the perfect one-woman concert evening...this American free spirit turns out to be true pearl in a sea of singer-songwriters."
-www.donaukurier.de (German music review website)
"Kelly Zullo stands out from a sea of singer-songwriters. Her strengths lie in her unique slamming and rapid fingerpicking on her acoustic guitar. She wows listeners with her Outstanding guitar accompaniment."
-Winner of 2011 International Acoustic Music Awards, Best Female Artist
"Excellent!" -Iron Maiden (Oct 3, 2010)
Cleveland based musician Kelly Zullo has been around the world playing music since the late 90's. Moving briefly to NYC, Europe & Nashville, as well as experiencing great wanderlust, this lyricist and guitarist molds the gypsy-esque mantra with philosophical bite over a riotous acoustic guitar.
Not often has a more energetic acoustic music emerged which features a female guitarist shredding acoustic guitar riffs over a percussive bang. Recently winning the International Acoustic Music Award for "Best Female Artist, comparisons from Ani Difranco to Kaki King are drawn.
Kelly has toured with Ember Swift as a percussionist and guitarist, as well as opened for a variety of artists from Melissa Ferrick to Sonia Dada.
Kelly Zullo: Guitar and Vocals
You Can Never Be Alone (2012)
Words Words Words (2010)
A Case of Truce (2006)
Thin Line (2001) - Performing Songwriter's top 12 DIY
Les Femmes Qui Rock (1999) Compilation cd
Review of show at Neuewelt, in Ingolstadt, Germany
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Kelly Zullo writes songs that are very personal and therefore come across as credible. This,...
Kelly Zullo writes songs that are very personal and therefore come across as credible. This, a dash of passion, a bit of quirkiness and healthy self-confidence - that is the perfect one-woman concert evening...
This American free spirit turns out to be true pearl in a sea of ??singer-songwriters.."
Winner, 2011 Best Female Artist, International Acoustic Music Awards
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Kelly Zullo stands out from a sea of singer-songwriters. Her strengths lie in her unique slamming an...Kelly Zullo stands out from a sea of singer-songwriters. Her strengths lie in her unique slamming and rapid fingerpicking on her acoustic guitar. She wows listeners with her Outstanding guitar accompaniment.
'A Case of Truce' Review
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Kelly Zullo has a good thing going on A Case Of Truce. Under different circumstances, the album coul...Kelly Zullo has a good thing going on A Case Of Truce. Under different circumstances, the album could have been a case of the delicate songstress wronged by ex-lovers and lackluster parenting. But it's not. Zullo escapes the cookie-cutter Harvard Square singer/songwriter set by doing two things, and doing them well. First, she keeps her songs personal, rather than drifting off into the universal or overtly political, and the result is instant credibility. Bob Dylan gets away with sweeping indictments of the gentler sex in "Just Like A Woman" because he's ostensibly singing about someone in particular, not 51% of the population. That's the power specifics lend to lyrics, and Zullo has that figured out.
Second, she's got spunk. Zullo's themes aren't necessarily groundbreaking (whose are?), but she infuses them with passion, honesty, and--just as importantly--big, fat guitar riffs. It's a terrific package for Zullo and gives her and air of toughness and world-weariness that makes her all the more endearing. When her upbeat moments arrive, as guarded as they might be, we're that much more glad to welcome them. "Touch My Soul" is the best example of Zullo putting those pieces together, but "Stone Girl" and "Elevator" are solid performances and nearly as memorable. Though only five songs long, A Case Of Truce is worth picking up, and Zullo is certainly worth checking out.
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Born in Saratoga, NY, Kelly Zullo moved to Nashville at age 18 to pursue music and a degree in music...Born in Saratoga, NY, Kelly Zullo moved to Nashville at age 18 to pursue music and a degree in music business. In 2001, she borrowed money to fund her first EP, THIN LINE and released it independently. Kelly's second release, A CASE OF TRUCE (Imagic Records 31305) 3 out of 4 stars, celebrates her accomplishments as a talented producer, guitarist, and songwriter. Though recorded in music city, there's more of an organic pop-rock feel here.
Especially noteworthy is the independent woman approach of 'Stone Girl', with some great lyrics, stunning guitar work and a vibrant vocal.
Kelly Zullo in Chattanooga
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Singer-songwriter Kelly Zullo's story is the prototypical girl-with-a-guitar story. She left home a...Singer-songwriter Kelly Zullo's story is the prototypical girl-with-a-guitar story. She left home at 18 to travel to a big city to make it big in the music business, working part-time as a waitress to provide funds for the recording.
The difference between her and many would-bes who follow a similar line to potential success is that, since arriving in Nashville in 1998, the Saratoga NY native actually managed to carve a niche for herself.
She was a finalist at the Songwriter shootout at Eddie's Attic and has released two folk-pop EP's-- "Thin Line" (2001) and "Case of Truce" (2006)--- with work progressing on a third full length album scheduled for release early next year.
With a sound that's defiant and honest, Zullo delivers her verses in a style strongly reminiscent of Aimee Mann and Ani DiFranco, both artists she cites as influences.
Some performers struggle with creating music, but to Zullo, writing verses is just an exercise in stripping the dirt away from everyday life.
"Songwriting is the easiest thing for me, it's easier than talking to people", she said, laughing, "I write all the time, and I guess it's maybe my way of talking to myself."
She came to Nashville chasing a childhood fascination with country music, but once there, her interests moved away from the genre. When others might have felt marooned and quit, however, Zullo says the locals' passion for her music kept her going.
"It's kind of like, if you feel like people are getting you in a place that's tough, it makes you feel like you've accomplished something. If I was in the middle of Iowa and people were like, 'yeah you're great', I'd say, well, that's good but what does it mean?"
In addition to a stubborn heart, musicians need tunnel vision if they hope to make anything of themselves, she said.
"The hardest thing about music is just staying focused", she said. "Anybody who's tried to do it knows how hard it is to not let the outside world affect what you're trying to say and who you are."
"I have been doing this for a long time, and I'm very stubborn. I don't know, there's something beyond me-- I feel like I put my heart out there, like what I say is important. Otherwise I would just be insane I guess."
DIY Top 12
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Singer/songwriter Kelly Zullo has been paying dues on the road and steadfastly playing away in Nashv...Singer/songwriter Kelly Zullo has been paying dues on the road and steadfastly playing away in Nashville clubs, and her recent release proves it. Thin Line is a tense record, balancing frustration and loss with hope and liberty- finally resulting in a commanding, self-possessed collection of six thoughtful song. Zullo's voice, at once gritty and sweet, lingers somewhere in the Melissa Etheridge and Michelle Shocked realm, and her writing is truthful and simple.
Thin Line contains contributions from phenomenal session bassist Jackie Street and drummers Ben Phillips and David Burch, but Zullo herself handles the lion's share of playing.
For a six song EP, Zullo's Thin Line feels like a cohesive, well-planned record. Her songs cut to the chase, engaging the listener from the first line and not letting go until the last note fades. Zullo's potential as a songwriter is fully evident here and shows promise for many great records to come.
Review Of Thin Line
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This is the self-produced, self-engineered debut from Nashville singer-songwriter Kelly Zullo. At, ...This is the self-produced, self-engineered debut from Nashville singer-songwriter Kelly Zullo. At, 22, she offers songwriting and production wisdom beyond her years. Each of the half dozen songs of broken love and life's tribulations come through like true poetry framed in exquisite folk-pop but unfettered by excessive studio tricks or ostentatious arrangements. This is due to the fact that this first cd is the result of 2 years of hard work refining the material and delivering it to the Nashville audiences.
Today's Hot Spots
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Appearing tonight at the (Blue) 'Bird: Kelly Zullo, who spark-plugged the Les Femmes Qui Rock fes...
Appearing tonight at the (Blue) 'Bird: Kelly Zullo, who spark-plugged the Les Femmes Qui Rock festival with her feisty brand of roots rock.
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