The Spear Shakers, a female power duo featuring guitarist/vocalist Kelly Richey and percussionist Sherri McGee, continue their 2019 Summer Tour with a local performance at the Levitt AMP Whitesburg Music Series, Mountain Heritage Festival Stage, on Thursday (August 1). Showtime is 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The Cincinnati-based duo has received high media praise since forming in 2018:
“The raw power, electrifying force and psychedelic sound of these two stars is certainly powerful. McGee’s blues-rock grooves lay a thundering foundation for Richey’s masterful guitar jams. They are badass musicians. It’s hardcore bluesrock on steroids, a blistering, in-your-face tour de force.” ROCKANDBLUESMUSE
“2019 is shaping up to be a big year for The Spear Shakers … guitarist Kelly Richey and drummer Sherri McGee are one hell of a spirited rock duo, bringing some much-needed revelry and recklessness to blues rock.” ROCKWIRED
“’Something’s Going On’ is a blues-rock smoker from The Spear Shakers, featuring the incredible guitar licks of Kelly Richey and perfect drums by Sherri McGee. The perfect start to this ‘back to work’ day.” LA MUSIC CRITIC
“Leaving It All Behind’ is a marvelous hard rock/ blues-inspired piece of music… the video only captures a fraction of the power and is a mere example of the talent of these consummate performers.” INDIE PULSE MUSIC
Richey, dubbed “Queen of the Road Warriors” by WHAS-TV in Louisville, has 25 years of touring and 16 albums on her lengthy resume, including a stint as lead guitarist on Stealin Horses, a popular Kentuckybased rock group once signed to Arista Records. Drummer Sherri McGee is an in-demand session musician who previously was a member of successful rock group Velvet Elvis on Enigma Records.
Richey was recently profiled on Blues Highway, whose host, Garry Goldsmith, wrote, “Kelly Richey may be the hardest-working recording artist in the business. She has a natural Blues voice that she pairs with a Rock ‘n’ Roll soul. With those two components firmly rooted in Americana, she has developed a unique style. She has a sensibility about her approach to music, and prides herself in being independent in producing her work. All of this together is a pleasurable listening experience that one can not get enough of. Can you tell I’m a fan?”