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Kelley Hunt

June 30th, 2012

Kelley Hunt
Event on 2012-07-07 20:00:00

8:00 Ticket
Blues Vocals
Tickets on sale June 15

She sounds like a road-weary warrior with the passion of Aretha and the intensity of Bonnie Raitt. She combines vocal sensuality and sexuality in equal spades.” -Buffalo News

Kansas City-based blueswoman Kelley Hunt has been defying description for the better part of a decade, and she shows no sign of slowing down. With a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior skills as a vocalist, piano player and songwriter she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Kelley makes her way back to the Twin Cities in support of her latest recording, “Gravity Loves You.” This is a remarkable collection of 12 new songs from Kelley’s solo pen and songwriting collaborations with Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, as well as songwriters Sarah Hart and Dwight Liles.  “Gravity” weaves its way through roots grooves and arrangements that conjure everything from old-school funk to Philly soul to the intense, Gospel-influenced ballad style that is a Kelley Hunt trademark.

“Kelley Hunt remains an astonishingly well-kept secret on the blues circuit. She’s a powerful singer with a huge reservoir of blues and R&B muscle and can singe your eyebrows with a ballad or full-tilt boogie. She’s also a rollicking pianist…and a superior songwriter with a knack for going for the musical jugular… a swaggering live slab of smokin’ blues, high-energy swing and boogie-woogie.” -City Pages

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was fine tuned listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences – artists like Ruth Brown, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ann Peebles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Charles Brown, Wanda Jackson and a cross section of the New Orleans/St. Louis/KC piano traditions of Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, Johnnie Johnson and Kansas City masters Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams among others. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues – her first musical memories – and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Kelley’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. 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.

“One of the best new songwriters in the genre.” -Seattle Times

• Kelley lights up the Ottawa Blues Festival

at Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant
1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, United States

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