“Kelly’s drive and passion are evident the moment you meet her. Whether it is entertaining or educating others through music, Kelly gives it her all and then some.” Greg Southerland / Guitar Student
One of the hardest-working independent musicians in the music business, Kelly has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body.” The veteran guitar-slinger has covered the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia in her 30-year career. Fronting her band, Kelly has played over 4,000 shows, logged a mind-boggling 1 million road miles. The latest miles have been with her current band, all-original female blues-rock power duo The Spear Shakers.
The Spear Shakers features Kelly Richey on lead guitar and vocals and Sherri McGee on the drums, and fulfills Kelly’s vision to develop an all-original female blues-rock power duo. Two words sum up these women: Bad-Ass! McGee’s blues-rock shamanic-grooves lay the thundering foundation for Richey’s masterful guitar jams delivered with a muscularity that will move your soul and melt your face.
The Spear Shakers have just finished their first release featuring songs from Richey’s extensive catalog. Recorded live in the studio, these three songs are being released in audio and video format, bearing witness to who these women warriors are—a force to be reckoned with.
In addition to her reputation as a touring musician and recording artist, Kelly has over 30 years of teaching experience. A warm, outgoing and dynamic guitar instructor with a unique and carefully crafted teaching style all her own, Kelly is committed to building a connection with all her students no matter what their skill level or background may be. She delivers expert instruction tailored to meet the needs of her individual students so that they can achieve their full potential. She is a dedicated guitar instructor, passionate about inspiring students to learn.
Kelly gives one-on-one guitar lessons to students of all ages. In recent years, she expanded to provide one-on-one lessons via Skype, launching her own online guitar classroom with over 150 instructional videos built on the rock-solid method she has perfected over three decades. In 2014, Kelly Richey joined the TrueFire family, one of the oldest and most respected online guitar instruction platforms. The TrueFire platform offers a customized lesson, private video messaging, a social learning environment, and access to the entire TrueFire library with over 25,000 guitar instruction videos.
A MUSIC LEGACY
Kelly started playing guitar at the age of 15. The late Lonnie Mack was so impressed with her hyper-muscular playing and singing that he described her as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body.” Listed among the “top 100 gifted guitarists” by the influential Truefire Community, Kelly frequently draws comparisons to guitar icons from Stevie Ray to Jimi Hendrix.
Throughout her career, Richey has shared the stage with legends like Lonnie Mack and Albert King and has opened for Joe Cocker, Lita Ford, Johnny Winter, Edgar Winter, Walter Trout, Little Feat, Foghat, REO Speedwagon, George Thorogood, Average White Band, Robben Ford, Warren Zevon, and James Brown. She also performs as a solo artist, delivering electric blues that incorporates guitar looping and beat creation – or, for a more intimate evening of music and storytelling, stripped-down and earthy blues on her acoustic guitar.
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