Sweet Spirit by Kelly Richey

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Kelly Richey has one foot planted in the electric blues and the other in hard-edged rock and roll. Her approach to the blues is more in a Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan vein than the traditional blues of the Delta and Chicago. Now over three decades, and according to her press release 3700 live performances into her career, she has released her 12th studio album, Sweet Spirit. She usually plays within a basic power trio but here she adds keyboards to several of the tracks, which expands her sound. She has a gravelly voice that fits her lyrics well but as with any of her albums, it is her guitar work that shines. It always has a raw energy and this album is a prime example of her talent.

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