It has been a year we could never have anticipated. So many people affected by the pandemic, so many tragically lost. The hardships experienced by artists and the touring industry in general are truly secondary. But
something I learned when we made the decision to try to stay virtually connected with you almost every week with the Connection Concert series was that music plays a unique role at tragic times like this. THIS WEEK WE'RE DOING OUR 50TH CONNECTION CONCERT. And while we never dreamed we'd still be at this we are lifted by
remebering that by gathering together on Saturdays at 7pm a beautiful thing has happened - a virtual community was created and there are real
bonds there - between me and my guest musicians and all of you. It has helped us all make it through. We're so grateful for your particiaption in that experiment, for helping us bring a little light in this darkness. We're starting to reschedule some live venue performances now as things improve and opportunities present themselves, but we're taking it
slow - the prime consideration for us remains the health and safety of our fans, our musicians and crew and those who support each live show at venues. Let's remember the best way to speed up this process, protect ourselves and others is to follow the precautions issued by the CDC - AND GET THE VACCINE AS SOON AS
YOU CAN. I can't wait to see you again in person sharing the unique experience of live music. What a happy day that will be. Until then, stay safe, take care of each other - we want you all back in your seats and up on the dance floor with us when the curtain finally goes up again!
Until then, God bless you and your family. ---
KELLEY'S COVER OF "LOTUS BLOSSOM" FEATURED ON M.C. RECORDS SPOTIFY "WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH" PLAYLIST
M.C. RECORDS is celebrating WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH with a special Spotify playlist. Featured on the list is Kelley's compelling cover of "Lotus Blossom" arranged, sung and produced in 20s-30s period style on Duke Robillard's "Duke and His Dames of Rhythm" album.
Kelley's in good company on this playlist that includes, among others, tracks from Madeline Peyroux, Janis Ian, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Odetta and Pinetop Perkins...wait...how'd he get in there? GO HERE TO LISTEN ---
KELLEY'S TRACK "RELEASE AND BE FREE" MAKES SPOTIFY "WOMEN OF THE BLUES" PLAYLIST
If you're a fan of Spotify check out the "Women Of The Blues" playlist, which includes Kelley's track "Release and Be Free" from THE BEAUTIFUL BONES. BTW - two other terrific KC artists - Danielle Nicole and Samantha Fish made the playlist, so it's definitely some good listening. For the "Women Of The Blues" playlist GO HERE ---
SEE KELLEY'S JAN. 22 PERFORMANCE FOR STAR SESSIONS
Kelley performed on the KC Star's live
streaming music performance show STAR SESSIONS Jan. 22. The show is hosted by longtime KC Star music writer Tim Finn at THE BLUE ROOM in KC's historic jazz district. Tim and Kelley have known each other for more than a minute - he's covered virtually her entire
career. Kelley was joined on this performance by her friend and regular background vocalist Wanda Manier. If you missed it in realtime you can stream
the performane online HERE MORE THAN 13K VIEWS so far and counting! ---
KELLEY GETS 3 GUEST ARTIST TRACKS ON DUKE ROBILLARD'S "DUKE AND THE DAMES OF RHYTHM" - IT'S ON THE STREET NOW!
Acclaimed Grammy-nominated guitar master Duke Robillard's new project of music of the 20s and 30s - "Duke and the Dames of Rhythm" - is out on MC Records and getting rave reviews. Kelley is featured on 3 guest artist tracks on the album alongside "dames" Madeline Peyroux, Maria Muldaur, Catherine Russell, Sunny Crownover and actress/singer songwriter Elizabeth McGovern. Featured on the tracks are Duke, of course, and a terrific collection of rhythm section and horn players. The arrangements, particularly the horn arrangements, are impeccable, authentic to the period and beautifully played. Kelley immerses herself into this musical time capsule on piano and vocals with 20s-30s throwback performances of "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight", "Lotus Blossom" and "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone". To get your copy of "Duke and His Dames" GO HERE ---
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 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 ---
GET YOUR COPY OF KELLEY'S CURRENT RELEASE "THE BEAUTIFUL BONES"
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"
Watch the DATES page for new tour dates. 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