WHAT: Kelley Hunt in concert
WHEN: Friday, October 19, 2012
TIME: 8:00pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
WHERE: Crystola Roadhouse, 20918 HWY 24, Woodland Park, CO
TICKETS: $18 to $38.
In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry’s penchant for easy artist definitions — a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.
Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. That narrative includes 1500+ performances with appearances on a long list of premier North American and International festival stages, six times on American Public Media’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, nearly 150,000 indie units sold on her own label and critical praise reflecting her conviction from the outset to make her path in the roots music world not just as a performer, but as a forward-thinking songwriter as well.
Hunt’s world has not been short on substantive, impressive critical praise, including a fresh swell of kudos for the new generation of music first unveiled on her 2008 88 RECORDS release MERCY (EER0804, her 4th commercial release): “Kelley Hunt resides among those bluesy, soulful piano players who write great songs.” “…the main attraction here is Hunt, whose rich, soulful voice is an instrument in and of itself, with a toughness that shines on cuts like “You Got To Be The Vessel.” “Her piano playing and songwriting also function at the highest levels.” “Emerald City” is a brilliant political statement…” -VINTAGE GUITAR. “… Her fourth release “MERCY” shifts the focus to her songwriting skills and immense voice.” “…a superb live performer, immediately drawing you to the power of her music and her voice… ” -ELMORE. “Surprises don’t often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. So welcome Kelley Hunt. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: Powerhouse singer, hard boogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” -MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE. “…the freshest slant on classic R&B you’re likely to hear these days. She’s a tough woman who makes a hip and burly sound.” – WESTWORD Denver.
That praise continues for her new 2011 release GRAVITY LOVES YOU. “GRAVITY is a collection of 12 new songs loosely bound by the idea: ‘whatever you need to do, whatever change you need to make to find the life that’s true to you – do it now. Take the leap – let the ‘Gravity’ that pulls you toward your true self work for you, explains Hunt.”
“We’ve seen Kelley perform before and the accolades mentioned above are all true. She puts on a fantastic exciting show and we finally have the opportunity to bring this amazing talent to the Pikes Peak Region” explains Amy Whitesell of A Music Company Inc., promoter of the show.
Tickets are $18 in advance and $23 the day of show. A special VIP ticket is available for $38 and includes a choice of prime rib or catfish dinner and reserved seat. Tickets may be purchased on line at www.amusiccompanyinc.com and at the Crystola Roadhouse.