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Topic: “He Loves to Make Me Cry”
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September 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM
I got to Kristen Kelly’s acoustic show at Bourbon Jack’s late Thursday night, delayed by some unexpected traffic, and I was afraid that I wouldn’t get a good feel for her music or how her voice translated live.
It’s nice to be wrong, once in a while. Kelly’s powerful voice filled the crowded honky-tonk roadhouse in Kent and I immediately rejoiced: She wasn’t just another boring product of Music Row and she could actually sing live.
In fact, her voice did its best to overpower the PA, which at times gave her an unnatural harshness. But those are small complaints. Kelly proved just how long she’s been on the road with her easy, friendly banter between numbers and the confident way she belted out tunes such as Koko Taylor’s “Voodoo Woman.” (more…)
September 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Kristen Kelly ticks off a few of her major influences: Merle Haggard, Susan Tedeschi, Ray Charles . . . Adele. It’s a diverse list and probably one of the reasons Kelly’s self-titled EP sounds so fresh.
Her first single, “Ex-Old Man,” hit No. 30 on the Billboard US Country chart, but even more impressive is her song “He Loves To Make Me Cry.” On that song, Kelly’s soulful, bluesy voice gets a chance to shine. Even more impressive, the vocal track used was her demo tape version.
“I think there’s an essence of more of a live feel,” she said. “If you listen closely the song is not always in time in all places. It’s just fun. I’m a big country music fan and somewhere along the way I fell in love with the blues and I feel that side of me comes out in that song.” (more…)
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