Where and When - BluesTown
"The fact that you want to appear powerful as a blues band does not always mean that you necessarily need electric guitars and a lot of decibels. This new album by the American band Kelly's Lot from Los Angeles proves that." More at BluesTown
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 - Mary4Music
"There's never a bad time to write an inspirational song but this post pandemic period couldn't have been a more perfect time to write "Stronger". Kelly's belief is that "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger" and with the confidence and hopefulness in her vocal presentation, she made a believer out of me. Excellent tandem lead and rhythm acoustic guitar work by Doug and Perry is a statement you'll most likely hear again soon.....and often." -Peter 'Blewzzman' Lauro - More at Mary4Music.com
Where and When - Blue David
Formed by Kelly Zirbes in 1994, Kelly’s Lot has an impressive back catalogue of 15 CD’s and numerous tours of the USA and Europe under their belts either as a band or as a duo with Kelly joining songwriting partner and rhythm guitarist Perry Robertson. For their latest offering they have pared things back to bring us an acoustic collection of songs old and new, recorded live in the studio. Kelly’s Lot has always had an element of Blues in their music but this is the first album to concentrate solely on the genre. They start with an original, Stronger, written by Kelly and Perry to reflect what is going on in the world just now. What we might find is that the trials and tribulations of the past year might just make us stronger. Kelly’s forceful voice and Doug Pettibone's intriguing guitar style on the solo make for a great start and you can immediately hear that ‘live to tape’ method of recording. Howlin’ Wolf’s Somebody In My Home remains slow but with some added slide guitar and some of the Wolf’s signature vocal inflections. There’s no real change in pace or delivery for Heaven, a gentle Delta style Blues which apparently only took them 15 minutes to write. Finger picking style by Perry with added slide and a strident repetitive chorus shows how well they work together with Doug showing how good a soloist he can be and also adds his voice to the chorus towards the end. Written by Lovie Austin and probably best known for the Ma Rainey version, Jealous Hearted Blues is a slow, shuffling tale of jealousy but sometimes taken from a humorous point of view, despite the subject matter. 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.
We get a bit of pace injected on the upbeat Nature, a Howlin’ Wolf song about how it’s in our nature to be looking around even if we are in a settled relationship. Kelly’s matter of fact vocal delivery moulds well with Doug's great solos and fills. The slight increase in pace remains for the title track and they continue to give that feel of having them sitting right in front of you. This is high standard with top class solos and the subject matter of not spending enough time with each other will resonate with many. Another of the covers is Robert Johnson’s Stones In My Passway and although it doesn’t have the immediacy of the original, they do bring us a different vision of the song. It’s crisp and clean, maybe over so but the slide guitar is a welcome addition and it does have that hypnotic feel to it. That Fool is a slow, trundling sleazy Blues about unrequited love. We get superb riffs from both guitars and a gritty vocal with just a slight echo from Kelly. The Folk Blues of Ma Rainey’s Black Eye Blues is something of a conundrum with there being something wholesome about the rhythm and delivery but contrasted by the domestic abuse subject of the lyric. Guitar, vocal and whistles bring a feeling of being comfortable but you know you shouldn’t. I am confused, but happily so. They finish with a strolling Blues filled with hope in Ship. The lyric is sandwiched between a running bassline and slide guitar topping. Maybe all of our ships will come in this year!
Where and When - Blues Again
The sound universe of the group is never frozen, it goes according to the inspirations of the moment from blues to folk, from Latin rhythms to rock, from Cajun tunes to Irish melodies. And we are always pleasantly surprised. This time the focus is on the blues. We can say that Kelly's Lot is above all Kelly Zirbes on vocals and Perry Robertson on guitar, the band's unmistakable pillars. If many musicians have succeeded over the 27 years of existence of the formation, in the current configuration we find Doug Pettibone on guitar and David Grover on double bass. The album features 11 songs, 6 are by Zirbes-Robertson, the 5 others are covers of Howlin 'Wolf' Somebody In My Home ',' Nature ', Lovie Austin' Jealous Hearted Blues', Robert Johnson' Stones In My Passway 'and Ma Rainey' Black Eye Blues '. The recording was done the old fashioned way, in a circle and live on tape. As always, Kelly Zirbes' vocals are captivating and full of fervor and Perry Robertson and Doug Pettibone on guitars are not simple accompanists, they have a game where dexterity, subtlety and dynamism are interwoven. The simplicity of the training and the acoustic performance highlight the finesse and charm of each composition. - Gilles Blampain Blues Again
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 - Down The Crossroads
Kelly Zirbes’s band, which hails from the Los Angeles area has been playing its trade for the last 25 years, mostly as a blues rock outfit. Where and When sees them stripping things back, performing 11 acoustic blues songs with resonator-slide guitar and Zirbes’s gritty voice to the fore. It’s fabulous stuff, six originals written by Kelly and rhythm guitarist Perry Robertson that evoke the blues of a bygone age and five reworked traditional blues songs, including a terrific version of Robert Johnson’s Stones in My Passway. - Best Blues Albums of 2021 so far. - Down The Crossroads
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....The phrase, “My ship is about to come in” morphed into this song about waiting for your ship when all along it is waiting for you to get on board. (Just the right thought to conclude this excellent album.)" - Jim White https://bluesroadhouse.com
Where and When - JazzMania
"The original compositions leave a taste for coming back to it, starting with "Stronger", a bewitching blues inspired by everything that is going wrong in today's world ("it must make us stronger")" - More at JazzMania.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 - La Hora De Blues
"Both Kelly Zirbes and Perry Robertson give each selected song the necessary doses of lyricism and poetry to make them ooze credibility, a subtle elegance and the real blues spirit that must always prevail when musicians perform this kind of music." La Hora De Blues