An Exclusive interview with Kellie Rucker
Exclusive Interview with Kellie Rucker by Richard Lhommedieu on Mixcloud
She stands a mere five feet tall, but don’t let her tiny stature fool you, Kellie Rucker is a very BIG talent. Over the course of a career that has spanned more than 20 years, she has appeared on the bill with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Stephen Stills, Albert Collins, James Cotton, ZZ Top, Dan Hicks, Warren Zevon, Little Feat and B.B. King. Her command of the blues harp and her powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient in her recent recordings and live shows of legendary blues guitarist and Grammy nominee, Jon Butcher. Her work can also be found on discs by such diverse artists as Coco Montoya, L.A. Guns, Corey Stevens and B.B. Chung King and the Screaming Buddaheads.
In 1985, Rucker came to Southern California and settled briefly in the San Diego scene before migrating north to Los Angeles, where she met Coco Montoya and Albert Collins’ guitarist Debbie Davies. She and Davies formed a band that toured extensively along the ‘left coast’ for over two years. As her harmonica playing evolved, Rucker began to feel limited by her role in a traditional blues band and she sought to expand her musical horizons. She caught the attention of noted electric blues guitarist, B.B. Chung King, and after sitting in a few time was invited to join his band, The Screaming Buddaheads. She recorded and toured with BBCK for over five years, and since then has become a sought after ‘gun-for-hire’.
Over the course of a professional career that has spanned more than 25 years, she has appeared on the bill or onstage with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Stephen Stills, Albert Collins, James Cotton, ZZ Top, Dan Hicks, Warren Zevon, Little Feat and B.B. King. Kellie is a recording artist with 4 CD releases, *”Ain’t Hit Bottom”, “Church of Texas”, “Kellie Rucker, In the Meantime” and a compilation Cd called “Blues is Blues”. All were recorded in Los Angeles, and feature the finest in L.A. talent. Her command of the blues harp and her powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient on recordings and live shows with legendary blues guitarist B.B. Chung King and Grammy nominee, Jon Butcher. Her work can also be found on discs by such diverse artists as L.A. Guns, Corey Stevens, B.B. Chung King and the Buddaheads, TV Commercials and film in the US and Europe. Rucker’s roots are steeped in bluegrass, blues and rock, and these elements appear in various forms throughout her recordings. These days, Kellie performs in concerts all over Europe playing original material from her CDs – she appears in Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Sweden, and East Europe, hoping to win over even more music fans. Miss Rucker is proving herself to be one busy lady! …and one talent you won’t want to miss! Watch out for Kellie’s latest release!