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Kelly Bell Band / Blog

Introducing...Dave Dowling!

From Bethesda, Maryland, Dave cites some of his musical influences as Frank Zappa, Jimi Hendrix and John Williams. He's always wanted to play Madison Square Garden (and not just the parking lot!), and also claims the Redskins as his favorite sports team (which in case you've been counting means the Redskins... fans out number the Ravens fans in the KBB now!) You can find Dave adding some wicked awesome guitar playing to our shows! You can read more about him at www.phatblues.com or www.kellybellband.com, and be sure and stop by and say hi Friday night!

Introducing...Ryan Fowler!

Introducing...Ryan Fowler!

Hailing from Annapolis, MD and citing his favorite blues musician as BB King (and his favorite team as the Redskins...Hail to the Redskins!), you'll find Ryan adding some killer guitar playing to our shows! Head on over to our new website at www.kellybellband.com to find out more about Ryan!

The KBB nees your help!

Hey KBB fans! We are now recruiting members for our all new Kelly Bell Band Street Team! We are looking for dedicated KBB fans to help us get our music out and spread the word about shows in your area.

What do I have to do?? As a street team member, we might ask you to do things such as asking your local record store to carry our music, leave some of our postcards at the local coffee shop or anywhere else music fans gather, or put up posters advertising upcoming shows.

What’s in it for me, you ask? As a street team member, you will have access to exclusive street team contests to win KBB merch, including brand new KBB street team items! Depending on your involvement, you may also gain guest list access to shows and special street team events at certain shows!

I’m in! How do I sign up? Send an email to kellybellbandstreetteam@yahoo.com with your name, location, and why you feel you would make a good street team member!

We can’t wait to hear from you!

The KBB's newest member!

If you've been to our shows recently, or looked at some pictures, you may have found yourself wondering who that adorable sax player was. Well, the KBB would like to introduce our newest member, Russell McCray! Hailing from DC and claiming his favorite song is "Killer Tofu" by the Beets (I guess we'll forgive you), you can find Russell adding some sweet alto sax, tenor sax, and a little flute (or maybe all three at once? Ok maybe not) to the KBB show! Whether he's on stage rockin' out, walking into the audience making women swoon, or showing off his awesome dance moves during a set break, we know you'll love our new addition as much as we do! Be sure and welcome him to the KBB family the next time you're at a show!

KBB Updates

Who's ready for some Phat Blues this weekend? We've got an awesome show for you Saturday night at the Cheshire Crab in Pasadena, MD to benefit the Ronald McDonald House. Doors open at 6pm and we play at 9pm. We know our fans won't disappoint us in supporting this great cause. We've also got what you need for that special someone for Valentine's Day and for some mood music for your V-day night! Check out facebook in the coming days for a special offer just for our facebook fans at the show Saturday night. Can't make the show? Head over to itunes and get all your favorites to step your evening up a notch. Lastly, check out the new pics of Kelly with Bobby "Blue" Bland in New York City! Kelly not only got to hear his idol play, but he got to hang out after the show!

Black History Month

As with every February we take time to honor and remember Black History. Obviously, Black music has been "the soundtrack" during the last five hundred years as Blacks have risen from slaves to becoming largely integrated throughout American society. Field and works songs gave rise to spirituals which led gospel in its various forms. They also evolved into blues and jazz on secular forms are concerned. Although these last two forms started out as "by Blacks for Blacks" they have long since evolved beyond these performers and that audience. These distinctly "American" forms have become synonymous with this nation to the rest of the world and in fact are probably more popular outside the states than here. The point is that they are Black music, but the term indicates where these gifts to the world originated, rather than who plays and listens to them. The fact is that there are, and have been for years, sincere, supremely talented and suited musicians, of all races and nationalities creating within these genres and rodeos not need to be documented further here. As blues musicians we are dedicated to spreading that musical gift to the next generation. Even though the far-reaching influence of the blues makes it perhaps the most universal of musics, there are many who are familiar with its "children" but not "the parent" itself; Clapton and the Allmans being remembered (and rightfully so) but the contribution's of Bo Diddley and Blind Willie McTell and the like remaining fairly anonymous. It's widely quoted that those who forget history are destined to repeat it. We want to remind people so that exactly that happens … so that those influenced as well as those who influenced them are similarly acknowledged by as wide an audience as possible. So during this Black History month the KBB would like to thank everyone for supporting the band for another year in our mission to spread America's oldest enduring native music to a new generation, in new ways; and to express our appreciation to blues musicians living and passed, young and old, famous and less known for the trail blazed and the legacy left. Peace. -Freddie Louden

Snowy greetings KBB fans!

We hope all of our Mid-Atlantic fans were safe the past few days, and have dug out from the storm. Check out Kelly being interviewed about the storm on WBALTV at http://www.wbaltv.com/video/26627923/detail.html. He comes on about a minute and fifteen seconds in. Kelly also got a chance to sit in with the All Mighty Senators on Friday Jan. 21- you can see pics in the photo gallery. As always when these guys share the stage, it was a great time! We hope you've already made plans to join us for the Ronald McDonald House benefit at the Cheshire Crab in Pasadena on Feb. 12, and make sure you find us on Facebook and Myspace and for up to the minute KBB news and surprises!

Update

Thanks to everyone who came out to Hard Times last Friday! You all turned our first show there into quite a party! The dance floor was packed all night, as was our stage, and we can't wait to come back! For everyone who has been waiting for a Frederick show, here's your chance. Come see us at Danielle's Saturday the 15th at 10pm. Be sure to get your tickets early at http://www.danielles-restaurant.com/entertainment.html. We'll see you there!

Update

Monday 12/13 was a lot of fun with Kelly and G Love and Special Sauce. You know when those two get together its going to be one heck of a show! Check out new pics from the show in the photo gallery! This year the band is taking the holidays off to spend some time at home with their families - but don't think we've forgotten about our KBB family! Keep checking back for new updates and 2011 tour dates, and a few surprises! Don't forget to check us out on facebook too for all your up to the minute KBB news and some contests coming soon! --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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