Vance Kelly (born January 24, 1954, Chicago) is a soul-blues singer and guitarist, who has performed regularly at various music venues in the Chicago area, chief among them the 1815, Checkerboard Lounge, Rosa's Lounge, Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy's Legends, and B.L.U.E.S. A long-time staple of the Chicago blues scene, Vance "Guitar" Kelly has wowed critics and fellow musicians for twenty-five years, but has somehow managed to slip beneath the radar of mainstream blues music fans. Bluebird is Kelly's sixth studio album, and a sure bet for increasing the audience of the Living Blues Award-winning guitarist. A collection of original soul-blues songs, Bluebird also features covers of Isaac Haye's "Little Bluebird" and Roosevelt Sykes' "Driving Wheel" and includes Vance's daughter Vivian guest-starring on vocals.
There’s nothing more exhilarating for a guitarist than taking center stage and fronting a power trio. Witness the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Clapton and so many other masters of this genre. It’s also a lot more challenging than it looks and that’s the premise for Kelly Richey’s Power Trio course, which focuses on the key elements, creative approaches and techniques that define the genre.
Learn to think & feel bass with this versatile studio bassist. Understand the essential relationship between the bass & drums. Develop your knowledge, feel, & technique with examples of rock & R&B grooves, various right-hand approaches, muting & more. Practical, easy-to-understand.
You don’t learn how to play the blues from a book — there’s no book smart with the blues. You have to be street smart to play the blues and there’s only two ways to do that — play out 250+ night a year for 10 years, or study with someone who’s been there, done that, and can teach as well as they can play. We can’t help you with the gigs, but we can put you in very capable hands for the latter — Kelly Richey.