KELLEY WILL REUNITE WITH GREENSBURG, KS SEPT. 30 AT BRAND NEW TWILIGHT THEATRE
In 2007 90% of the town of Greensburg was wiped out by a huge tornado. The town responded with the help of federal, state and local entities by rebuilding with green energy design and construction, essentially creating a new town. But the deeper story was that of Greensburg's townspeople - how they personally and collectively coped with the tragedy and how it affected them. In 2012 a play was commissioned by the William Inge Foundation in conjunction with The Cornerstone Theater in Los Angeles to tell the personal and collective stories of Greensburg's devastation and reemergence. Award-winning playwright Marcia Cebulska was chosen to write the play "Rooted - A Greensburg Odyssy" and Kelley was commissioned to write the music and serve as music director. Marcia and Kelley spent extended time in Greensburg talking with people, learning what the night of the storm was like and learning about the difficult, complicated, controversial process of rebuilding the town from the perspective of its people. At first some were reluctant to talk, but over time bonds were formed and trust was established. And some of them ended up in the cast of "Rooted" when it was performed. Kelley considers her experience with "Rooted" and with the people of Greensburg among the highlights of her career. Now, the last major construction project - The Twilight Theatre - has finally opened. And it's pretty sweet - an intimate 400 seat house outfitted with great technical features including a beautiful little line array sound system. Kelley brings her all-star 5pc touring band to the Twilight Sept. 30 - a reunion with Greensburg and celebration of the Twilight and all the town has accomplished. It promises to be a really special moment. GET TICKETS ---
"DANCE OF HEARTS" CREATES OVER 30,000 MEALS FOR THOSE IN NEED IN DOUGLAS COUNTY
Liberty Hall was packed and the dance floor was full all night - Kelley and her 9pc band threw down and her fans threw in - fans bought tickets and made food donations and sponsors provided support for "Dance of Hearts" Sat. Feb. 13 at Liberty Hall - about $6,000 in proceeds and over 300 lbs of food have been turned over to JUST FOOD so far which the regional food bank says will provide more than 30,000 meals for those in need.
"Once again my fans have stepped up - I'm so grateful to them, our great sponsors and Dean Eddington and his staff at Liberty Hall for making this a great night. Hey, it was Valentine's weekend and the power of love won out," said Kelley.
To learn more about JUST FOOD or make an additional donation 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.
---EUROPEAN AIRPLAY 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. ---
NEW "BEAUTIFUL BONES" TEE SHIRTS AVAILABLE NOW FROM KELLEY HUNT MERCH GO HERE TO ORDER
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 acclaimed 6th studio album "The Beautiful Bones" continues to get rave reviews - called by many the best work of her career. GO
HERE to get your copy. You can also find it in stores and all your favorite online sites - Amazon, iTunes and everywhere else. Here's preview of track #1 "THIS TIME"
You'll also want to keep track of the DATES page as new tour dates are added to the schedule. Make sure you're on Kelley's EMAIL LIST to get updates on live performances in your area.
"She has been a mainstay of the Kansas City/Lawrence music community for decades, and she showed why during a 75-minute set that showcased her many talents: as a singer, a songwriter and a musician. Her refined blend of blues, soul, R&B and roots music aroused a crowd of a couple hundred, especially the new song, "Stand Up," a feel-good anthem that lit up the room." Tim Finn BACK TO ROCKVILLE / KANSAS CITY STAR re: Crossroads Music Festival
"...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