Bridget Kelly Band review…August 9, 2014….

BRIDGET KELLY BAND

FOREVER IN BLUES

ALPHA SUN RECORDS 2014

I’LL BE MISSIN’ YOU–BLUES IN THE KITCHEN–TEXAS TOAST–I’LL TAKE THE BLUES–I LIVE ALONE–TAKE ME HOME BLUES–FOREVER LITTLE ANGEL–FOREVER IN BLUES–HE LIED TO ME–GOIN’ TO MEMPHIS–TALL MAN–YOU LEFT ME CRYIN’–EVERYDAY WITHOUT YOU–BLUES ARE DROWNIN’ ME–WHEN THE BLUES COME AROUND

The Bridget Kelly Band is one of the hardest-working blues-rock outfits in Florida.  The broke onto the scene with their 2013 set entitled “Back In The Blues,” (reviewed elsewhere within this humble forum), and are back with an even stronger set, “Forever In Blues.”  The band’s groove is looser, and they all seem more relaxed on these fifteen originals, and everybody is just lettin’ the good times roll!  The band members are the lovely-voiced Bridget Kelly on vocals, Tim Fik on guitars, Michael Barady on drums, and Mike Hamm on bass.

The set leads off with Bridget comparing the loss of a lover with “the whispering rain,” and “a flood in the house, and I’m knee-deep in pain,” on “I’ll Be Missing You.”  Another great metaphor for lost love is up next, with “Blues In The Kitchen–my cupboards are empty, and I could use a good man!”  “Take Me Home Blues” is a cool take on one-night stands, and Tim’s guitar really rocks on this one!

“Tall Man” warns of that mythical figure down at the Crossroads–don’t ever ask him for directions!  Tim’s fretwork captures that serious mojo under the watchful eye of  Little John The Conqueroo on this one!  And, “Goin’ To Memphis” swings just like a big blues party down on Beale!

We had some favorites, too.  “Blues Are Drownin’ Me” is a classic slow-burner with Bridget turning to the bottle to “drink ’til I go under and sweep away my pain” over a broken love affair.  Tim and Bridget both get down-and-dirty on “Texas Toast,” as Bridget tells another cheatin’ dog of a lover “not to bother comin’ back!”  And, the set closes with a real houserockin’ duet, “When The Blues Come round, I just shine my shoes, ’cause sooner or later, the blues’ll be walkin’ too!!”

Scheduled to be a part of the Bradenton Blues Festival in December, The Bridget Kelly Band is coming into their own, and powerful sets such as “Forever In Blues” are sure to broaden their horizons!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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