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Kelly Rocks the High School

The Kelly Richey Band performed before the students of Monmouth-Roseville High School on Friday, March 13th. The students learned a bit about blues history and also had a chance to see how a master can shred on guitar.

The full story is here.

Profile: The Kelly Richey Band


“Hey Monmouth! Kelly Richey here. Last time we were in town, we made lots of great new friends and we’re looking forward to seeing you again! Remember, you promised to be there when we came back AND you promised to bring your friends so we can have twice the fun as last time!!! We’ll see you there!”

Guitarist/singer Kelly Richey has been described as “Stevie Ray Vaughan trapped in a woman’s body with Janis Joplin screaming to get out,” by Vintage Guitar Magazine. “That makes a helluva picture, but it’s as close as words come to describing the talent of this musician.”

In addition to the Friday night concert, the Kelly Richey Band will be presenting a program to local students in an assembly at the Monmouth High School at 10am.

“It is a real boost to music education programs in our schools to have professional traveling musicians who are willing and eager to visit schools and share the music and their knowledge base with students,” said Lee Wiggins, choral director. “It is especially cool to have these musicians visit us in rural America who do not have ready access to concert venues and the wonderful musicians who frequent the larger urban communities.”

“Keeping music in our schools is an important mission,” Says Kelly, “so please help to spread the word and support music education any way you can!!!”

More information on The Kelly Richey Band, plus MP3s and video performances can be found online at www.KellyRichey.com.

Profile: Rhythm Circus


Opening the Friday Kelly Richey Band show show will be Galesburg’s own Mike Budde’s Rhythm Circus. This energetic psychedelic blues-rock quartet is no stranger to extended, guitar-rich jamming, and they possess the musical chops to deliver a stunning opening performance. These guys are not sure if they are a rock band playin’ the blues or a blues band playin’ rock’n'roll but, they’re having a blast doin’ what they do.

The four members of The Rhythm Circus have all been professional musicians for many years with varied experiences. In 2006, they brought there skills and talents together to create a soulful energetic show that you must see live to believe. From bars in Galesburg, Peoria and Macomb to corporate events in the Chicago area these guys put every thing they got into every show. A tight, skilled and passionate performance pushed over the top with three part harmonies makes this show a real experience.

Mike Budde; guitar and lead vocals
Nathan Hahn; vocals and lead guitar
Jerry Wildbahn; vocals and bass guitar
Mike Krusa; drums and percussion

“We’re very excited to open the show,” said frontman Mike Budde. “The Kelly Richey Band is awesome… we just can’t wait!”

Masterclass with KRB!

KRB Class

Just announced! Kelly Richey, Jimmy V and Shayne Frye of the amazing Kelly Richey Band will each be offering a masterclass workshop (guitar, bass and drums) at the Cherry Street Guitar Company on the afternoon of Friday, March 13th (time TBA). Classes are partially grant supported and we expect the fee to be approximately $45 for Kelly (guitar, which includes book and CD) and $30 for Jimmy (bass) and Shayne (drums).

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from these phenomenal professional musicians is open only to a few students for each instrument. To get more details and to get your name on the student waiting list, send an email today to paul@monmouthblues.com.

Sign up for the workshops and then be sure to check out the amazing show at the Rivoli on Friday night. We’ll see you there!

Best songs utilizing the ‘wah-wah’ guitar effect

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
Jimi Hendrix Experience
Electric Ladyland, 1968

This is the grand-daddy of all wah-wah songs and the Platonic Form of electric guitar for many an aspiring players. Flat out, this may be the best electric guitar song ever put on vinyl. Gifted guitarist Joe Satriani sums it up this way: “It’s just the greatest piece of electric guitar work ever recorded. In fact, the whole song could be considered the holy grail of guitar expression and technique. It is a beacon of humanity.”

The Ring
Robin Trower
Victims of the Fury, 1980

No one has mastered the depth and breadth of electric guitar sounds like British rocker Robin Trower. Easily one of the greatest Stratocaster players in history, Trower flows from the ethereal to the raw in his guitar work. Victims of the Fury is a masterful album, and The Ring is unequaled raw, wah-powered brilliance–the guitar line is so aggressive, it’ll peel paint.

Soul to Soul
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble
Soul to Soul, 1985

Stevie was perhaps the best technical guitar player ever. Not as creatively brilliant as Hendrix, but easily his master in technique. In Soul to Soul, he delivers a romping, wah-infused instrumental that’s both as catchy as it is edgy. It’ll make your eyes water at the same time you’re tapping your foot. The ease and accuracy of his playing, coupled with the rich tone, is simply unbelievable.

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