Bridget Kelly Band review—July 23, 2014…

BRIDGET KELLY BAND

BACK IN THE BLUES

ALPHA SUN RECORDS

WHY I SING THE BLUES–WINDCHASE BLUES–MR. BLUES–COLD STONE TREATMENT–LET’S TALK ABOUT LOVE–TO DIE FOR LOVE–NOTHIN LEFT–TEXAS TEA–NINE AFTER MIDNIGHT–BLUE CADILLAC–BRING MY BABY BACK–WITHOUT YOUR LOVE–ALL DRESSED UP–SAD RIVER–ROCKIN THE BLUES

Ridin’ hard out of the North Central Florida area is a tough blues-ock outfit known as the Bridget Kelly Band.  Their 2013 debut is entitled “Back In The Blues,” on Alpha Sun Records. Bridget has one of those voices that can go from sultry into her upper register with ease, and is perfect for this bluesy material.  Joining her are Tim Fik on guitars and vocals, Mike Hamm on bass, and Michael Barady on drums.  Together, they tackle a myriad of emotions over the course of these fifteen cuts and seventy-plus minutes of good blues, with the emphasis squarely on Bridget’s vocals and Tim’s guitar.  Tim has that vintage feel for good ole Southern rock, along the lines of Les Dudek and Dickie Betts, which you can easily recognize as you listen.

Also as you listen to this set, Bridget and the band have a feel for songs that deal with love, loss. pain, and, eventual redemption.  Leading off, for example, is the midtempo groove of “Why I Sing The Blues,” as Bridget laments that “my ship of love ran aground,” but she vows to “keep keepin’ on!”  Tim breaks out the wah-wah pedal on some fancy guitar work in “Windchase Blues,” and Bridget and Tim give a bittersweet take on the end of a love affair, where there’s “Nothin Left but the shoutin’ and the blues.”

We had two favorites, too.  On one of the set’s most powerful pieces, Bridget sings of the planet’s destruction in the name of “sweet crude down in the ground”, entitled “Texas Tea.”  On this one, Tim’s blistering lead work scorches this one like a Texas twister.  And, Tim and Bridget again duet on a hilarious tune about “keepin’ the taxman away from my Blue Cadillac!”

The Bridget Kelly Band is making a whole lotta noise down Gainesville way, and rightfully so.  There’s so mighty powerful stuff on “Back In The Blues!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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