Annie and Ray Fiore with Capt. Tony and Lori at Capt. Tony's Saloon in Key West, Fla. 2000.
Twice Shy playing a show in Isafjordur, Iceland
Cletus & Lori
Lori Kelley at Lizard's Bobby's Idle Hour in Nashville, TN.
all about me
The short of it:
Lori Kelley is a performing songwriter of Folk/Pop/Fiction, and, sometimes Country music.
She's Folk because she just released a vinyl Hobbit album called, "A Tale or Two to Tell" that takes the listener into a mini-jaunt through Middle Earth via Nashville, TN. She's Pop because she has a new '80s-vibe pop song called "Stupid Dumb Love" that drops on March 15th, 2024. She's Fiction because she has over 40 songs about Dogs, Men, Vampires, Hobbits and Ladies faking their deaths that have been online since the beginning of the internet. And Kelley is sometimes Country because, dang it, people love a good story song!
- Lori was in the award-winning Folk/Pop Duo, Cletus Kennelly & Lori Kelley, for 12 years in the Washington, DC area. She also headlined in her band, Twice Shy, with Michelle and Butch Nielson.
-In Nashville, Kelley is often found pairing up with Country artist Jeremy Michael.
-Every first Wednesday of the month, Lori hosts a songwriter series called "Writers on the Row" at Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern in Nashville, TN. ...
- Lori has performed in the Key West Songwriters Festival, the Washington Folk Festival, the Takoma Park Folk Festival, over a 100 different venues in the DC area, in Melodica festivals in Nashville, Reykjavik, Iceland, and Nottingham, England, and in the elite, trolls- and elves-only Aldrei Fór Ég Suður festival in Ísafjörður, Iceland.
Digging Even Deeper:
POP SINGLE ALERT - "Stupid Dumb Love" Drops on March 15th, 2024! Written by Lori Kelley and Brianna Bollinger, it's a fun and furious 80's bop that rocks like Pat Benatar! Find it on ALL Music platforms, even YouTube!
CONCEPT/HOBBIT ALBUM ALERT - September 22nd, 2023!
This new full length album is called “A Tale or Two to Tell" and it's packed full with lively instrumentation and beer-hall harmonies.
Come away with Lori Kelley to Middle Earth and go on a mini adventure with these songs that are all about Hobbits, Wizards, Elves, Dwarves and Dragons! Lori collaborated with her producer W. Terry Fritsch to create a truly unique Americana - Tolkien experience for a fast-paced world to slow down and tuck in with.
Kelley has some of Nashville's finest players weaving their magic for your listening pleasure. Todd Lombardo burns up the banjo and mandolin throughout the record. Deanie Richardson plays a fearsome violin solo on the title track, "A Tale or two to Tell." Jeremy Fetzer (Steelism) gives "No Friend of Mine" a haunting spaghetti western vibe. The backing vocals, sung by W. Terry Fritsch, Bryan Letcher and Michelle Nielson, are unarguably the most epic BGVs Nashville has heard in an age! The other amazing players who shared their magic on this album include Marcus Finnie, Lance Martin, Ory Brochet, Matt Carey and Alex Petrounov. Mastered by Brian Foraker!
P.S. - "A Tale or Two to Tell" has been pressed in sea glass green vinyl by United Record Pressing in Nashville, TN.
P.P.S - It can only be found in Nashville music stores and at Lori Kelley's shows.
- Kelley currently hosts "Writers on the Row" every First Wednesday at the locally famous Bobby's Idle Hour Tavern in Nashville, TN, and First Thursday's Open Mic at the acclaimed Bowery Vault in East Nashville.
- Lori Kelley was Awarded "Songwriter of the Year" and "Song of the Year" by the Washington Area Music Association aka WAMA with her mega-local hit song "It Was A Great Day." She has over 30 songs on Spotify as well as songs recorded by Jeremy Michael, Tori Martin, Jessica Nixon, Twice Shy, Cletus Kennelly and Lori Kelley, Angela Saini, Kelcy Hyde, Sarah J Michaels, David Oakleaf and Angela Easley.
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