Kelly Z and "the Lot"

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With the album release Bittersweet the singer / songwriter Kelly Zirbes returns together with her band KELLY'S LOT back to their musical roots. The artist, who is living in Los Angeles, has written 14 new songs with which she covers the entire range of roots and folkthrough blues rock and singer / songwriter up to Americana Country in a skilful way. There is a lot of care for variety. The pleasure ofcomposing is perceptible in every single song. Kelly tells her own telling stories and gives the listener entrance into their emotional worlds. The current disc rightly considers it one of their strongest throws. With this CD, the band simply sets the bar high. A perfect, round story.

Doherty's Music Log

.....Bittersweet opens with "About Her," which begins with percussion, and there is a brief moment at the beginning that makes me think of Los Lobos' "Kiko And The Lavender Moon." It's a cool tune, with an interesting vibe, and it features some wonderful work by Bill Johnston on clarinet. Yes, it's quite a bit different from earlier work by this band, but the blues are still present in Kelly's vocals. Here is a taste of the lyrics: "She understood your emotions/And gave you the key to your heart/She did something to you/That was warm and true/Don't let it fall apart/You got to do the right thing." That's followed by one of my personal favorites, "Come Home," a sweet, pretty, and incredibly moving folk song. Here Kelly's voice has a delicate power, vulnerable and passionate. She is accompanied only by Perry Robertson on guitar, which helps give the song an intimate feel. "No walls can hold me like your arms/No light to start my day/No answer will bring me peace/I cannot see the way/So come home to me/Come home." I highly recommend checking out this song, and that you listen to it without distractions......  MORE at

The Next Gig

Ventura County Star

Midwest Record

KELLY Z/Rescue: A real belter of a set from our kind of all night gal, this white girl with the blues might serve up a set of covers but she knows how to make them all her own. Not too shabby when she's covering Tina Turner, Isaac Hayes and James Brown among others. Smoking southern soul/R&B, this is a sure fire party on a platter that rocks the joint all night long.

Jazz weekly

Jazz Weekly

...For the Sunday show, opening was a group I’d never heard of before, Kelly’s Lot. Lead by the gloriously rough and ready vocals of Kelly Z, the band included a swinging horn section, deeply grooved rhythm team and a two guitar set of slingers of Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca. The band performed sizzling and stomping originals, coming across like the best alternative to Tedeschi-Trucks with a dash of Bonnie Raitt, with Kelly Z using delivery, power and timing like Mariano Rivera as she belted out the blues served on a dry rub platter. YUM!...

The Montaineer Progress

Blues In The South - Interview of Kelly - Pages 7-11 Click Here.

LA Montagne

Blues Blast Magazine

Kelly’s Lot – Don’t Give My Blues Away

Styles: R&B, Jazz-and-Soul-Influenced Blues

What do Taylor Swift, Adele, Madonna, and Southern California native Kelly Zirbes, of the band Kelly’s Lot, have in common? They’re all female dynamo singers who are the main showcases of their respective bands. In time, these first three have ascended the pop charts to become some of the country’s best household names. Hopefully the fourth will as well, in the dual arenas of R&B and straight blues. Kelly and her Lot have a great horn section, and twelve original songs, on their new CD Don’t Give My Blues Away. Those searching for sizzling saxophone and tasty trumpet will definitely find it here, but the guitar work is slightly less noticeable. This is a lighthearted party album, featuring Kelly’s good-natured vocals with a sharp-edged kick. The three tunes below are the most danceable, whether fast or slow.

Kelly’s Lot consists of Kelly Zirbes as the lead chanteuse, guitarists Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca, bassist Matt McFadden, drummer Robert Dill, Bill Johnston on saxophone, Dave Welch on trumpet, pianist Teresa James, and Fred Mandel on B3 organ. All of the album’s selections were written by Zirbes and Perry Robertson, except “Woman’s Love” which was co-written by Kelly and Rob Zucca. Each track is played with a nice balance of energy and musical technique.

Track 01: “Hush Up” – This CD’s opening number contains its title, belted out at the beginning. Listeners might be tempted to forget the real name of “Hush Up”, but that’s a minor risk. What do people do when their lovers start blabbing relationship secrets to everyone around? One solution is to give the gossip-mongers an ultimatum: “When I get lonely, you’re all that I need. When I get those feelings, I’ll come clean. When I get down, I always get up. I think it’s time for you to hush up….” The Lot’s instrumentation is in top form, especially the horns and bass beat.

Track 04: “Woman’s Love” – This is one song in which Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca’s guitar work is simply brilliant. Electric shredders don’t always have to scream in order to be effective. Sometimes soft strumming and notes that fall like snowflakes are far better mood-setters. “Can you hear me? Can you feel me?” cries Kelly in equal parts desire and frustration.

Track 06: “Right Now” – With a tempo as urgent as its title, track six is a rollicking blues rocker. Love can’t wait, and neither can our narrator: “Tonight, I’m going to open up my soul. Tonight, I’m going to let everybody know that nothing’s going to make me turn around and go.” This the perfect tune to play if you’re in a hurry to get to a swinging celebration, if not on one’s morning commute. Check out the killer guitar solo in the middle.

Kelly’s Lot sure has a lot to give to the R&B world in 2015!


Midi Libre

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Kelly's Lot came a recital in the multipurpose room of Langogne, this Friday night, at the invitation of the team Virades of Hope, accompanied by his group including an old acquaintance Langonais of Jean François Thomas, alias Jeff Toto Blues, songwriter and guitarist singer who sang some of his latest songs 'I have not been able to do all the time' and 'California' in tribute to him and his singing tour with Kelly in the US
Needless to say, the lovers of Rock and Blues were the angels, spoiled by a true Rock Star, Kelly's Lot, which truly lives his music and sends a loud and inspired voice, powerful and mesmerizing, sharing with his musicians and the audience The words and music of his songs, but also the amazing riffs and solos of Jeff Toto, like those of the other guitarist Perry, as good as Roger Waters, the flights of virtuoso pianist, plus Matt on bass and Martial on drums, particularly complicit with the whole band, despite his first concert with Kelly!
When Kelly began the first notes of 'Penitentiary', the famous tube of Animals', Jeff Toto met during his American tour, the audience replied in chorus with warm enthusiasm, and it lasted three hours of the concert, which in originally was to end an hour earlier. But Kelly is as generous as talented, as she made the pleasure last, with songs accompanied by voice and gesture by Langonais including 'Boom, boom, boom', or 'the light' or 'Reason for the Blues 'and ended with' Happy Girl ', a song that suits him like a glove! The audience gave him a final ovation and do not miss an opportunity to follow all his tours through Europe. The Langonais were very lucky!


"Kelly’s Lot are singer/songwriter Kelly Zirbes, songwriters and guitarists Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca, bass player Matt McFadden, drummer Robert Dill, Bill Johnston on saxophone, Dave Welch on trumpet, Teresa James on piano and Fred Mandel on B3. For their new album the North Hollywood based band recorded 11 original songs by Zirbes and Robertson and one by Zirbes and Zucca. Kelly starts with “Hush up”, an intoxicating Blues featuring great piano and horns playing, nice guitar solos and passionate singing. Together with Zucca she wrote “Woman’s love”, a hauntingly beautiful Blues ballad showcasing her powerful and soulful voice. “Right now” is an up-Beat Blues Soul with wah-wah guitar pace, a strong horns section and brilliant guitar solos, the Country Blues “Don’t miss love” doesn’t slow down, Country guitar joins in and the horns take a rest. Then the trumpet blows the entry to “Stateside”, an amazing cool and jazzy song with a breath-taking vocal performance, my favourite. Kelly’s hauntingly beautiful singing, horns, B3 and guitar enchant “That fool”, a slow shuffling Blues-rock and then they accelerate the pace for final Blues “Better way”, featuring some awesome solos on trumpet, guitar and bass. Kelly’s Lot are a bunch of brilliant musicians with an exceptional singer, they’re planning a tour in France in September, and hopefully they can add trips to the surrounding countries." 

BTS Reviews

Not Taking Her Blues Away 

Bruce Von Stiers 

You don't have to come from Memphis or the Mississippi delta or New Orleans to be a killer blues band. One of those blues bands hails from Southern California. Kelly Zirbe is a fantastic vocalist and her band is called Kelly's Lot. And the band has recently released their eleventh album, which is titled Don't Give My Blues Away

Kelly does the vocals for the album. Joining her is Bill Johnston on saxophone, Dave Welch on trumpet, Robert Dill on drums and Teresa James on piano. Fred Mandel plays the B3 and on guitars are Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca

The album was produced by Perry Robertson with co-producing credits going to Scotty Lund and Bill Johnston. Scotty and Perry did the album's engineering with Scotty doing the mixing. The album was mastered by Sonic Vision Mastering. Kelly and Perry wrote all but one song, which was written by Kelly and Rob Zucca. 

The album has some very cool blues tunes. Reason For The Blues is one such song. There is some pretty tough guitar and organ backing Kelly's terrific vocals. The horn music helps sell this as a slick blues piece. 

Revolving Door is an in-your-face song telling off a two-timing man to get it right or go away. The horn and guitar solos are great. 

Why Don't We is a tough bit that for some reason made me think of The Blues Brothers and Buddy Guy. 

Getting deep down into the aching blues feeling is Woman's Love. It has killer guitar to start out with. Then Kelly kicks in with vocals that are a bit bluesy and a bit torch singer. The killer guitar comes back strong during the middle of the song. 

Toe tapping music is found in Taking Time. I really liked the vocals in this one. 

Right Now had a tone that made me think of Stevie Ray Vaughn. It has slick guitar and horn that bracket too cool vocals by Kelly. 

Rolling back to some toe-tapping classic blues styling is Boom Boom Boom. You probably won't be able to sit still while listening to this one. 

Speeding things up a bit is Don't Miss Love. It has an almost honkey-tonk feel. 

Stateside has really good trumpet and drum as its intro. It's a light blues tune about wanting her military man to come back home. 

Later in the album is a hard hitting blues song called That Fool. Not only are the vocals great, the blues guitar is excellent and the horn and other music makes this really cool blues. 

Hush Up has lyrics that the album's title comes from. It is a toe-tapping song that tells him not to be telling people so much about her ups and downs. There is some great guitar in the middle. 

The album ends with the rollicking piece. Better Way

Don't Give My Blues Away is definitely an album that mixes classic blues with touch of R & B for a unique styling. While a few of the songs have that aching, torch singer vibe to them, most of the album has a lighter, somewhat party atmosphere to it. 

Kelly's Lot has just what it takes to become one of the top blues bands. I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more about the band in the near future. 

Don't Give My Blues Away is available on iTunes, and other online and traditional music retailers. 

Check out the Kelly's Lot official site for further details. The site can be found at You can also find the band on Facebook at