Kelly Richey is one of those musicians who is committed to her craft. Now 35 years into her career, she has traveled in the vicinity of 800.000 miles, performed live close to 3700 times, and will shortly issue her 16th album.
She has always been a superior guitarist who fuses rock and blues. She usually fronts a basic trio with drummer Tobe Donohoe and bassist Rikk Manning.
Shakedown Soul departs from her norm in places. “You Wanna Rock,” “Love,” and “I Want To Run” are well-crafted rock and roll. On the other hand, the acoustic “Fading” is a delicate song placed in the middle strings. “Only Going Up” adds electronica technology to the mix.
Every once on a while an artist needs to experiment a bit to stay fresh. While the album is still a straight blast of blues and rock, it does contain a few surprises.