The Kelly Richey Band

The Kelly Richey Band


"...The Kelly Richey Band's reputation is built on its explosive live performances and seeing is believing...Not many women, or men, can rock the blues with Richey's intensity and authority." - Arkansas Night Flying


Kelly Richey is currently based in Cincinnati, Ohio

Musical Genre:
Blues & Blues-Based Rock

The Kelly Richey Band Biography:

“Stevie Ray Vaughn trapped in a woman's body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out.” This is how one critic describes Kelly Richey, a blues-based rock virtuoso. Buoyed by critical praise and fiercely loyal fans, The Kelly Richey Band tours extensively bringing their electric live experience to venues throughout the US. The attention has centered around this Kentucky native’s guitar playing; Richey’s proficiency has earned her comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan while gaining her a place on stage with blues legends, Albert King and Lonnie Mack. Richey has opened for artists such as James Brown, Johnny and Edgar Winter and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. As one journalist put it, “Imagine a cross between Bonnie Raitt and Ruth Brown and you’ve only begun to get the picture.”

The Kelly Richey Band has developed an almost cult-like following. Fans have snapped up thousands of the band’s previous releases, most notably, Eyes Of a Woman, Sending Me Angels and the DVD Kelly Richey Live. Since establishing her own label, Sweet Lucy Records, Ms. Richey has released nine CDs, as both a solo artist and with her band. The label has secured national and international distribution. In her adopted hometown of Cincinnati, Kelly Richey and her band have won multiple awards including Best Blues/RB Band, Best Rock Band, Best Local Musician and Best Local Band.

Joining Kelly to form the rhythm section are David Clawson on drums and Jimmy Valdez on bass, each accomplished musicians in their own right.

Blues Revue Magazine says “On previous albums, Richey's terrific voice stole the spotlight from her sparkling playing. But with Speechless, an inspiring and extraordinarily controlled display of six-string talent, she lets her fingers do the talking.” And Guitar Player Magazine states “It’s Richey’s fast powerful picking hand that sets her apart from typical blues-drenched rockers. ...To say that Richey has bonded with her guitar is an understatement.”

New Release:
With the August 8 release of her new CD, Speechless, guitarist/vocalist extraordinaire Kelly Richey returns with her first new studio album in five years. Speechless has garnered excellent reviews in Blues Revue Magazine, Vintage Guitar Magazine (CD review and feature story), ”House Of Blues” - Elmore Magazine (CD review and hour H.O.B. radio show to air in early 2007), Goldmine Magazine (CD review and feature story), and Hittin' The Note. Richey’s second release of 2006, Live At The Thirsty Ear, perfectly captures the live intensity for which The Kelly Richey Band is known.

As Arkansas Night Flying put it, "...The Kelly Richey Band's reputation is built on its explosive live performances ...Not many women or men, can rock the blues with Richey's intensity and authority.”


The Kelly Richey Band Live At The Thirsty Ear (2006)
Speechless (2006)
Kelly Richey Live (DVD) (2004)
Kelly Richey Live...As It Should Be (2003)
Sending Me Angels (2001)
The Kelly Richey Band Live (1999)
Dig A Little Deeper (1998)
Eyes Of A Woman (1997)
Live At Tommy's On Main (1996)
The Blues Don't Lie (1995)
Sister's Gotta Problem (1994)

Set List


My Baby's Gone Crazy
Talk's All Over Town
The Blues Don't Lie
Now You Need Me
I Gotta Move
Sister's Gotta Problem
City Between The Lines
I Don't Feel so Good
Dig A Little Deeper
Cracked and Bent
Angel From Heaven
Just A Thing
One Day We'll Feel The Sun
Is There Any Reason
Only The Bird Knows
Climb The Highest Mountain
Stand Alone
And I Sing
The Longest Road
Without A Trace
If I Could Fly


Tears Like Rain
Livin On Love
Nothing To Do With Love
All The Help I Can Get
Too Late
Hey Joe
Red House
All Along The Watchtower
Mean Old World
Walkin' By Myself
Key To The Highway
Hide Away
Before You Accuse Me
Further On Up The Road
Ramblin On My Mind
Black Cat Bone
Turn To Stone
Trouble In Mind
Nobody's Fault
Down By The River