JOIN KELLEY AND A STELLAR LIST OF ARTISTS FOR THE BEST MAN BENEFIT FOR DAVID WILLIAMS SUNDAY OCT. 11 5-9 PM AT KNUCKLEHEADS IN KC
When it became clear that KC pedal steel guitarist David Williams' (Johnny Rodriguez, Chris LeDoux, Fiddlin' French Burke, Hank Thompson) neuropathic condition was becoming financially and personally catastrophic, making it impossible for him to work or perform, his friends and a veritable gumbo of diverse, elite artists created THE BEST MAN BENEFIT Sunday, Oct. 11 5-9 pm at Knuckleheads in Kansas City to raise funds to cover medical bills and living expenses. And what a lineup it is - Kelley, singer songwriter Tom Hall, a special reunion performance by KC fusionists Boko Maru, traditional acoustic blues guitarist and songwriter Dan Bliss with Jazz guitarist Rod Fleeman, Mike Smith and the Sax Pistols, The Promise Makers and collaborations between many of the artists and preeminent KC pedal steel player Russ Wever and blues harp crusader John Paul Drum. Tickets are just $20 and available online HERE. There is also a great silent auction that will finish up at the event - GO TO THE BEST MAN FACEBOOK PAGE to preview goods and services and art works and get more info, or MAKE A GOFUNDME CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTION FOR DAVID HERE. GO HERE TO SEE THE EVENT POSTER. Kelley gives her personal invitation to you to be part of this event for David in some fashion. ALL proceeds go directly to David, all artists are completely donating their performances and Knuckleheads' Frank Hicks is donating the venue and staff. All we need is YOU in on the deal as well. ---
KELLEY RETURNS TO MINNEAPOLIS AT THE DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB SAT. NOV. 21 FOR TWO SHOWS
Tickets go on sale Friday, Oct. 2 for Kelley Hunt at Minneapolis' premier club venue The Dakota Jazz Club - two shows 7 pm and 9:15 pm. Get tickets for both shows HERE. Fans routinely sell out The Dakota to see Kelley and it's no mystery. Intimate venue, 4-star+ menu, terrific production rig (recently upgraded and retuned) and a service staff second-to-none in the Twin Cities. You won't want to miss these shows as Kelley and her all-star touring band present new material and arrangements in preparation for both a new recording project in 2016 and her 4 featured-venue shows on Jan. 2016's Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise. And if you're thinkng about holiday gift giving these shows will be a chance to get some special gifts - personally signed CDs and other merch for music people on your list. Get tickets soon - we expect both shows to sell out! ---
KELLEY SAILS ON LEGENDARY RHYTHM AND BLUES CRUISE #26 JAN. 17-24 '16 OUT OF FT. LAUDERDALE
Kelley makes her fourth appearance on the LRBC with an all-star 7 pc band. This cruise features a truly stellar lineup. And for those who sign up and let us know, or register with the LRBC as Kelley Hunt fans there are special onboard perks including an exclusive, by-invitation singer-songwriter style solo performance. Stay tuned for more on that. To reserve your cabin and get more info GO HERE. ---KELLEY TO GUEST ON NEW DUKE ROBILLARD PROJECT
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated guitar master Duke Robillard has asked Kelley to come to the east coast in February as a featured guest on recording sessions for an intriguing new project. Can't tell you much right now, its all a bit hush-hush. At this point the expected release date is sometime in 2016.
"I have been a huge fan of Duke's since the early days of my career when I first saw him perform live on the same bill at a big festival. In my opinion he's among the most thoughful, technically skilled, open-minded and inspired guitarists I've known - world-class by any definition and one of the only truly authentic blues guitar traditionalists. And a talented producer - the real deal in every sense. Plus, he's genuinely a first-class person. I am thrilled and honored to be asked to be part of this," said Kelley.
Stay tuned for more info as the project progresses.
"BEAUTIFUL BONES" MAKES TWO "BEST OF 2014" LISTS IN KC STAR'S BACK TO ROCKVILLE COLUMN
"The Beautiful Bones" was named among veteran blues/roots music radio host (The Fish Fry on KCUR) Chuck Haddix's favorite albums of 2014 and veteran KC Star music critic Tim Finn's 2014 favorite album list by local artists. Thanks for the love Chuck and Tim! GO HERE to see the whole column and favorites lists by other KC area music biz, media functionaries. ---
European airplay for "THE BEAUTIFUL BONES" is popping on stations in Scandinavia, Germany, UK, The Netherlands, France, Portugal and Spain. Stay tuned for a station listing. ---
BLUES 411 AWARDS
The Blues411.com website has released their 2014 "Jimi" Awards naming Kelley Hunt the winner in the piano category. Thanks to Chef Jimi for recognizin'! ---
NEW "BEAUTIFUL BONES" TEE SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW FROM KELLEY HUNT MERCH GO HERE TO ORDER
All orders ship same day if received before 4 pm CDT. Here's a sneak preview of track #1 "THIS TIME"
NEW KH HATS AND TEES FROM KH MERCH
Kelley Hunt Merch announces the arrival of newstyle Kelley Hunt tees and hats! To check them out and order GO HERE ---
HEARTLAND SINGLE CD NOW AVAILABLE EVERYWHERE
Americana ballad single "Heartland" featuring Kelley, Grammy winning mando master Sam Bush and acoustic bassist Byron House is now available in CD form at all popular online sites, the MERCH link on this site and retailers nationwide as well as universal digital download at all your favorite online sites and music services GO HERE FOR MORE INFO ---
"THE BEAUTIFUL BONES" IS ON THE STREET!
Kelley's much anticipated new studio album "The Beautiful Bones" is here! GO
HERE to get your copy. You can also find it in stores and all your favorite online sites - Amazon, iTunes and everywhere else. You'll also want to keep track of the DATES page as new CD release concerts are added to the schedule. Make sure you're on Kelley's EMAIL LIST to get updates on the new album and advance notices of live performances in your area. And keep checking back as kelleyhunt.com gets a complete renovation in the coming weeks!
BEAUTIFUL BONES PRESS
"...this work is both totally inspirational and one of the best CDs you'll hear this year." BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE
"More than bones prove beautiful on this scintillating release by one of soul's best kept secrets. As she rips across strong originals like the funky "Golden Hour" to high-torque, torrid testaments like the gospel blues of "Release and Be Free", Kelley Hunt's time has come."
"If there is truly a Higher Power, He/She should press PLAY on the latest release by Kansas City's Kelley Hunt. Rest assured that the takeaway will be, despite how everything's been going lately, everything's going to be okay after all...". - Eric Thom BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE
"a beautiful work of art...It is an album you will want to hear over and over discovering something new each time." - TUMBLER
"Kelley Hunt soars on her new release and invites listeners along for the ride."
It is not very often that we receive an album that makes us sit down and really listen; like, grabs us and demands our full attention. Multi-instrumentalist Kelley Hunt has done exactly that with her new album, The Beautiful Bones. The album has depth, soul, personality, and nuance.
The Beautiful Bones, on 88 Records, is a 50 minute journey through these 12 windows into Kelley Hunt’s musical soul. Though some selections here are more blues or soul inflected than others, the entire album resonates with a quiet comfort firmly grounded in a gospel voice. The sound and mix on this album is first rate, and the music has an inviting clarity and freshness about it.
This album will definitely lift your spirits and make you smile, on the inside. - AMERICAN BLUES SCENE MAGAZINE
"Kelley Hunt's The Beautiful Bones is an album I wanted to turn up within the first few bars. So I did. There may only be 88 keys on a piano, but Kelley Hunt has a personal relationship with each and every one of them. By the time you've listened to The Beautiful Bones you'll be on your way to having that beautiful relationship as well." "The songs are each as unique and necessary as a color of the rainbow; they offset each other with their distinctive qualities. If you love blues, soul or gospel, you'll love discovering Kelley Hunt, who does them all exceedingly well. Her vocals are a fitting blend of styles as well. Her voice is incredibly powerful in its humanity." - PARCBENCH.COM
"I interviewed Kelley Hunt many years ago, for the 'old' Blueprint magazine on the release of her eponymously titled debut album, and quoted her as "a lady who plays piano in the two fisted style of the boogie masters, who writes songs that are fresh, valid and realistic in their appraisal of life, and who is capable of singing with a combination of power, tenderness, intensity and pathos that can one minute have you on your feet dancing, and the next be cutting to the depth of your soul. The lady's name is Kelley Hunt." Now, with her sixth commercial release (The Beautiful Bones) she has proven me right with this impressive set."
- Mick Rainsford BLUES IN BRITAIN