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.
KELLEY AND EXPANDED BAND TO GIVE VALENTINE'S DAY PERFORMANCE FOR CYPRUS AVENUE LIVE! AT KANSAS CITY'S FOLLY THEATER - CHECK OUT THE ADVANCE INTERVIEW
Kelley and an expanded version of her all-star touring band will be in concert Valentine's Day, Feb. 14 8 pm at Kansas City's historic Folly Theater on the Cyprus Avenue Live! concert series jointly presented by The Folly and KCUR "Cyprus Avenue" radio host Bill Shapiro. In November Kelley gave an advance interview with KC STUDIO's Kellie Houx. GO HERE to check out the interview. To buy advance tickets GO HERE ---
ONLY THREE SLOTS LEFT FOR 10TH ANNUAL BRAVE VOICE RETREAT AND WORKSHOPS MAY 10-15
Kelley and acclaimed poet/writer and former Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg celebrate the 10TH ANNUAL "Brave Voice - Writing and Singing For Your Life" retreat and workshops May 10-15 at White Memorial Camp near Council Grove, KS in the heart of Kansas' Flint Hills. Each year for 10 straight years aspiring writers, singers, musicians - some with professional aspirations and many who are pursuing their own inner, personal ambitions have gathered from all over the US and Canada for this program. And many return annually. To learn more about BRAVE VOICE and to register online GO HERE But act fast, enrollment is intentionally limited to under 30 participants and ONLY 3 SLOTS REMAIN! ---
"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"
BACKSTAGE DESIGN STUDIO
Grammy winning Austin design group BACKSTAGE DESIGN STUDIO has been tapped for "The Beautiful Bones" graphics and a kelleyhunt.com redesign. Make sure you're on Kelley's EMAIL LIST and follow her on FACEBOOK and TWITTER for news on the new website and its great new features and some extra cool contests and offers around the May 20 release date of "The Beautiful Bones". ---
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