Kelly Richey Always Knew of the Blues: "I Could Play Until the Day I Died"

Who says white women can't sing the blues? Certainly not Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, or any number of other sassy, saucy ladies with that certain six string savvy.

The blues may be rooted in the cotton fields of the deep South and the smoky clubs of Chicago's South Side, but as singer/guitarist/bandleader Kelly Richey wails in one of her signature songs, "The Blues Don't Lie," it's as much about attitude as it is about amplitude when it comes to getting down in the groove.

"When I put my first band together, I do remember thinking that blues was a form of music that I could play until the day I died," Richey reflects. "I felt so connected to it emotionally. I really had a passion for the genre. It was just something I had to play. Blues has no boundaries and is at the core foundation of all American music. Self-expression in this genre is unlimited."

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Lee Zimmerman