Where and When - Keys and Chords
A 5 Star review. (Translated) - "...The release 'Where And When' is an acoustic poem. No heavy drum parts but rather modest acoustic songs. The passionate 'Stronger' may pave the way. Kelly's flawless voice is approached in a heavenly way by those acoustic guitar strings. From Howlin' Wolf they borrowed 'Somebody In My Home' and the swinging 'Nature' for the occasion. A final feudalism can be found in Robert Johnson's 'Stones In My Passway' and Lovie Austin's 'Jealous Hearted Blues'. Kelly also turns out to be an epicurean in songs such as 'Heaven'. And the original Delta blues caput 'Lost', the tantalizing 'Where And When' and the sadness from 'That Fool' nail themselves endlessly between all these handsome cover versions. And 'Black Eye Blues', originally by Ma Rainey, is also spelled out on Kelly Lot's corpus. With the closing 'Ship' unfortunately comes an end to what turns out to be a refreshing album. Good looking!" http://www.keysandchords.com/album-review-blog/kellys-lot-where-and-when
Where And When - Mystery Train
Now this is a real surprise offering. Stripped back and some classic beautiful blues. Kelly’s vocals shine through laying down a heartfelt and at times quite emotional delivery. Her songwriting has real depth and intensity and her choice of covers especially the Howling Wolf tracks are beautifully delivered. Lets not forget what a great ensemble of musicians she has behind her collaborating as equal partners on this fine production. - David Roman Mystery Train
Where and When - Roadhouse blues
"There are three critical interlocking parts to this album — the lyrical content of all the songs, originals and covers; the whipsmart band (the Lot) of Doug Pettibone on sinuous lead guitar, David Grover on bass and Robertson; and blues-baked vocals by Zirbes." - Jim White https://bluesroadhouse.com
Where and When - ZicaZic
Translated - Kelly's Lot returns this time with a new work that goes off the beaten track, an album recorded in the old fashioned way which superbly highlights an acoustic blues very close to the roots of the genre. - Kelly's Lot revient cette fois avec un nouvel ouvrage qui sort des sentiers battus, un album enregistré à l’ancienne qui met superbement en valeur un blues acoustique très proche des racines du genre. - Zicazic.
Where and When - Blues Blues
Pointed slide guitar pierces the laid-back delivery of the song. The slow pace continues with Lost, on the subject of depression, but Kelly still manages to produce a lot of power and passion as everything bubbles underneath. Her baleful voice and ever-present slide add depth to relaxing guitar, which is like waves lapping against the shore. More at https://www.bluesblues.co.uk/reviews
Where and When - Sound Guardian
"I would say that blues is a musical form and a determinant, as strange as it may sound, of a very wide range and you have to decide for yourself whether it suits you or not, and the album "Where and When" is a distinct and proud holder of that musical work." - Mladen Loncar https://www.soundguardian.com
Where And When - Will Phoenix
"Zirbes, who always leads the way with her exceptional alto vocals, is once again tunefully teamed with co-producer and co-writer Perry Robertson (rhythm guitar), and co-producer Doug Pettibone (lead guitar). The team is completed with the addition of David Grover (upright bass)." - Will Phoenix - Steemit.com
Where and When - Daily Vault
Kelly’s Lot is a blues band with an expanding and contracting lineup depending the size of the venue they are booked to play. Frontwoman Kelly Zirbes and bass player Alex Peterson, who previously played bass in an all-girl rock band called Precious Metal, put the first version of Kelly’s Lot together in 1994, playing their debut show at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Since then, the band has released at least (at my count) 14 albums.
Now scheduled for release in June of 2021 is the Kelly’s Lot album Where And When. The album contains 11 tracks of untreated, simple and direct songs, buried deeply in the blues vein. The performances on the album are by a quartet version of the band, showcasing Kelly Zirbes (rhymes with ‘service’) on vocals, rhythm guitarist Perry Robertson, Doug Pettibone on lead guitar, and David Grover playing bass. Despite the absence of a drummer or a percussionist to keep the crew on the tracks, the band consistently maintains a steady groove and hypnotizes the listener to lay down on a bed of mostly mid-tempo, plaintive, and unadorned pentatonic twelve-bar tunes. The dobro, or resonator guitar parts, are beautifully restrained. There are six originals and five covers, including Howlin’ Wolf’s “Somebody In My Home,” “Nature” and “Stones In My Passway” by Robert Johnson, and Lovie Austin’s “Jealous Hearted Love.”
Zirbes and Robertson wrote the original songs, which represent the most effective tracks on the album, and allow Kelly the most scope to express herself. Standout tracks include “That Fool” with its gorgeous parallel instrument lines and the slower tempo “Lost,” which exposes Kelly’s voice nicely. The tracks were recorded live in the studio and were mixed and mastered without any visible augmentation. The subtle hint one gets when listening to the album in one continuous pass is that the performances are studiedly calm and perfect, but they might have profited from a few of them being recorded in front of a live audience to engender a more ferocious or dark atmosphere.
If you loved the Cowboy Junkies, this album will soothe your jangled nerves and make you appreciate the blues as performed by a set of talented musicians with both reverence and calm. - Conrad Warre - TheDailyVault.com
Where And When - Midwest Record
"30 years in and this white gal with the blues can still deliver an acoustic performance that feels like it's filled with the spirit of teenaged Rory Block discovering Gary Davis. It's delivered with a voice that feels like it off loaded some of mature Maria Muldaur's sass all tempered with an innate knowledge of the importance of keeping it real. Stick a candle in a Chianti bottle, light up something to smoke and let this set's hypnotizing effect wash over you. Well done." - MidwestRecord.com
Where and When - Rootstime.be
Another Sky - Blues Matters
Singer Kelly Zirbes, the leader of Kelly’s Lot, understands the meaning of the phrase “blues-based”. On the evidence of this CD, she is as happy to turn her hand to Americana, southern rock, roots music, singer-songwriter-ish sounds, and country as she is the blues. The band name also may reflect a sense of fun and informality that also comes across noticeably here. OK then, blues-based? Let’s pick the beautifully melodic Foolish Try, with its Spanish verse and Phil Parlapiano’s Tex-Mex accordion playing. It reminds me of Ry Cooder with Flaco Jimenez. Based on a jig, The Irish Luck pushes it even further… Really though, this fine set needs no other associations. Wikipedia describes the group as “blues-rock” and yes, there are blues. Try the quirky Simple Man, with its clarinet solo (!), lend an ear to the spooky Took It Back, a roots-rock/ blues-rock mash-up, and take a listen to the roots-rock of the closing Hurricane, which builds up an appropriate head of steam (and has some fine blues harp in there too). Lock Me Up sounds more than a little like an early 60s number and has both country and Rhythm and Blues tinges. So no, this is not a straight blues set, but it is blues-inflected - quite strongly so in places - whilst maybe the more modern definition of Americana covers it better. And of course, if you have a taste for all the styles referred to in this review, just go out and get it. - NORMAN DARWEN - BLUES MATTERS.com