By EGHRadio on Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Kelly’s Lot plays Americana and Blues with a roadhouse rockin’ sound that is upbeat, heartfelt and fun. The band was formed in 1995 by singer Kelly Zirbes after years of songwriting and playing for friends and family. Kelly Z, a folk singer with a heart for southern rock and blues, recorded her first demo CD, “Kelly’s Lot”, with J. Peter Robinson, composer and keyboard player. Working with Peter and manager Alex Rylance was the inspiration Kelly needed to actually pursue music as more than just a hobby. Kelly was always a late bloomer and music was no exception. “With age comes fearless confidence or maybe it was a little bit of ‘life is too short’”.
Next came “Test Drive” which gave the band their first official release. It gave the insight to others that this band can play a variety of styles and rock them all. Along the way they recorded 3 LIVE CDs , ‘Live at The Troubadour’. ‘Stop And Make A Difference’ and ‘Trio’, headlined local festivals, toured regionally and embarked on 2 national tours. Many USA radio stations, traditional, college and internet have played their CDs including their next 7 song EP ‘Come To This’ which was recorded to showcase the band’s journey towards more blues. It was played in Europe and brought the band some international attention. Europe started calling but journey would have to wait. Playing for charity became a norm for the band starting in 1999 after Kelly realized that music and giving made a good match. It gave Kelly the extra inspiration to perform and write more. Kelly’s Lot has been featured on many media outlets for her music and for the charity work she has embraced. These include ABC Perspectives, Channel 4 in Milwaukee, Rock City News, LA times, Pasadena Weekly, Independent Songwriter Magazine, Mixdown Magazine, The Debra Duncan Show, Good Morning Texas, The Gordon Keith show and Fox TV Houston.
Many of Kelly’s Lot fans are blues lovers and during this time they kept encouraging her to play more blues. It was a natural step since that is what she grew up with. Listening to her mother play records late at night. Kelly started composing music that fit that genre as well as the roadhouse and southern rock that Texan, guitar player and co-writer Perry Robertson added to the mix. In 2008 ‘The Light’ was released which showcased most styles the band is known for. Three years in the making and playing lots of gigs during that time tested the band and it’s members. With bills to pay and families growing the love of music took a back seat but eventually music won the battle and the band survived. Their next release in 2009, Pastrami and Jam, included a list of covers the band enjoys playing. It was never meant to be a CD, just a casual band get together to help a friend. But the magic spoke for itself and a CD was made. After booking more blues festivals including The Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland Oregon, the Big Fish Blues Festival, Maxson Roadhouse, The Santa Clarita Blues Festival and the Pasadena Blues Festival everyone felt it really was a natural direction for Kelly Z and the band to go down.
Never forgetting her roots, folk and rock were blended with those blues to capture the forever growing sound of of Kelly’s Lot. “I’m excited to do more traditional blues but other styles are part of this band’s journey and there’s room for it all.” Matt McFadden on bass and Robert Dill on drums add the signature rhythm and Rob Zucca adds the tasty licks on guitar. Recently they have opened for Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado and have hosted blues events for charities and for fellow blues musicians. And finally with the help of European fans and friends they toured across Belgium, France, Germany, England, Scotland, and The Netherlands. In 2011 they released a live CD from Brussels, BE. ‘Live in Brussels’ which was released both in Belgium and The USA. It was the push the band needed to focus on Europe more. Their latest release, ‘Plain Simple Me’, brings the listener back to the beginning of this band, when Kelly was playing solo shows and calling herself a singer/songwriter.
Soon they will begin recording a new full band CD that will focus on their blues material as they introduce a horn section and keys for the first time on a recording. Stay tuned for more!
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