Hunt tickles the Ivories at Mississippi Nights
Thursday, February 19th I caught some of Kelley
Hunt's show at Mississippi Nights. Kelley is from
Kansas City and is making quite the boogie-woogie
blues piano reputation for herself throughout
the US. Some of her major influences include Billie
Holiday, Ray Charles, and St. Louis's' own Johnnie
Johnson. She got the itch to play music while
growing up and hearing her mother do a live weekly
radio show in Kansas City. Kelley was also greatly
influenced by her first piano teacher, Mary Burke
Norton, whom she first took lessons from at the
early age of ten.
Her passion for the music is easily recognized
in her tenacious playing style and commanding
lyrics. Kelley possesses a stage presence that
makes people take note. She and her band are into
their entertainment and seem to enjoy making the
audience part of the show. There are currently
two albums available from Kelley and a third one
is on the way scheduled for release in May.
Nights is a huge venue and even though there were
only about 45 people in the place, Kelley and
her band played so fantastically that they could
have been in a huge coliseum. I will look forward
to getting the opportunity to see her play again
in the future. You can learn more about Kelley
Hunt and her band at www.kelleyhunt.com.
note: Only 45 people!! C'mon St. Louis, you have
to catch this artist her next St. Louis visit,
you won't regret it!
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