Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Kelly Zirbes of Kelly’s Lot
Kelly’s Lot was formed in 1994 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer/songwriter with a heart for the blues. With 15 CDs and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band celebrates 27 years since the first night the band hit the stage at the Roxy in Hollywood. Kelly Z met guitar player and soundman, Perry Robertson in 1996, who soon after produced ‘Kelly’s Lot – Live at the Troubadour’. Within a year he joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the southern rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound.
As a duo or band, they have played coffee shops, theaters, festivals, clubs, house concerts and a variety of events. In the last 10 years they have played as a 5-8 piece blues band that is well respected in the American blues scene. Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival, Lavaudieu Music Festival. Their songs have been heard in movies and television and covered by other artists. Perry Robertson, who shares songwriting and band leader credits with Kelly Z, has recorded and produced most of the band’s music including the 2019 release ‘Can’t Take My Soul’ which featured americana, blues, folk and roots/rock creations.
In May and June of 2020, Kelly Z and Perry worked with Doug Pettibone to record a new selection of songs that fit in americana genres like contemporary folk, roots rock and alt country. Six of the tracks on the album were inspired by words from fans on facebook. Kelly Z challenged them to look in their hearts and share just one word. She then challenged herself to choose a word and write a song in two hours. The 2020 release ‘ANOTHER SKY’ also tapped into words and stories for inspiration.
As a duo, a 4 piece or a full 8 piece band they always pack a lot of energy while still getting to the heart of the listener.
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