April 20, 2012
For fifteen years Kim Richey has been releasing album after album of joyful, original and heartfelt music which have earned her Grammy nominations, number 1 spots in the US and praise from top music press including Rolling Stone. ¶ Opening is Melissa Greener, one of those rare artists who appears on the scene with all their talents fully developed. Blessed with a glorious, outsized, and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is an accomplished guitarist and an arresting songwriter.
Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim Richey is a storyteller; a weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Tender, poetic and aching with life’s truths, Kim’s songs transport you to her world, where words paint pictures and melodies touch the soul. And then there’s her voice. Pure, arresting and honest, her voice makes you take notice; Kim has the kind of voice where if emotions were ribbons, they’d be streaming in rainbow colors from your iPod. Her voice gives you goose bumps.
The 15-year musical journey that has led Kim to her latest album, Wreck Your Wheels, has been a dream run. Aside from her two Grammy nods, she has released five critically acclaimed albums; been listed in the Top 10 Albums of 1999 in Time Magazine for her album Glimmer, and been given 4 stars in Rolling Stone and named Alt-Country Album of the Year in People Magazine for her album Rise. She has written two Number 1s and four Top 10 hits and has had other singles in the Top 50. She has had her songs recorded by the likes of Trisha Yearwood and James Morrison among others; sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter and even appeared on a William Shatner record produced by Ben Folds.
Kim’s sixth album, Wreck Your Wheels, is a return to her more Americana roots. Heading back to Nashville to record with her touring band, this album was all about getting an organic, real sound: no auto-tune, no studio tricks — just five musicians in a room, playing together.
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Somewhere in between a deep dark-holler, a Texas road-house and a Manhattan bound F-Train, you’ll find singer-songwriter Melissa Greener, picking a guitar and singing her truth. Inspired by modernist poets & literate folk singers, Greener’s songs are exquisitely crafted portraits of the human condition — hers and ours. Melodic, rhythmic and quirky, they captivate with dynamic ranges and moody tones, in a unique language all her own.
Growing up with an intoxicating potion of Motown, crooner tunes and 60’s Laurel Canyon folkies, Greener’s signature phrasing evolved. By way of a classically trained soprano mother, who sang in the lounge of the Playboy Club in Detroit, and a socialist hippie father, a unique and beautiful brew emerged. Ever after the next adventure, Greener has trekked mountain ranges in the Alps, Slovakia and Tibet. She’s pedaled a bicycle across Canada and lived in a rural village in China. Her current adventure is a full time schedule of international touring, performing in theaters, festivals and house concerts alike. Greener’s sophomore release, Dwelling, was helmed by acclaimed producer John Jennings (Mary Chapin Carpenter) and has won awards and glowing reviews throughout the music industry. Fall From the Sky, her debut release, continues to receive attention from an international music community.
- Kim Richey would rule the charts in a world where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the Beatles never put out an album after Revolver. Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com
- Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit — and then she ensnares you for keeps by making you consider all the noiseless sensations that no songs can ever contain. Timothy White, Billboard Magazine
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- Melissa Greener is one of those rare artists who appear on the scene with all their talents maturely developed. Blessed with a glorious, outsized and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is an accomplished guitarist and an arresting songwriter. The music is strikingly original and impressively varied, featuring strong, catchy melodies in strange and brooding voicings. Melissa Greener is a pro. Celine Keating, Acoustic Guitar Magazine
- Melissa Greener — heiress to modern folk-rock territory blazed by Ani, Dar, and Lucy. Enveloping the listener with a warm confident voice and lyrical intrigue. The soul of a poet, the rhythm of a rocker! Michael Terry, Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, Dallas, TX
- Melissa could warm up the North Pole with her songs — OUTSTANDING! Ron Goad, Songwriter’s Association of Washington