Carry the Light

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Kelly Richey made an unexpected detour into instrumental music on her 2006 studio effort, Speechless, but her fans knew that Speechless was the exception instead of the rule and that instrumental music would not become her primary direction. Carry the Light is the singer/guitarist's first vocal-oriented studio album since 2001's Sending Me Angels, although she came out with vocal-oriented live albums in 2007 Live at the Thirsty Ear and 2003 Live...As It Should Be. Why so many live albums? Richey, obviously, is someone who lives for the stage. But that doesn't mean that she cannot shine in the studio as well, and Richey is in very good form on Carry the Light. There are ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Kelly Richey made an unexpected detour into instrumental music on her 2006 studio effort, Speechless, but her fans knew that Speechless was the exception instead of the rule and that instrumental music would not become her primary direction. Carry the Light is the singer/guitarist's first vocal-oriented studio album since 2001's Sending Me Angels, although she came out with vocal-oriented live albums in 2007 Live at the Thirsty Ear and 2003 Live...As It Should Be. Why so many live albums? Richey, obviously, is someone who lives for the stage. But that doesn't mean that she cannot shine in the studio as well, and Richey is in very good form on Carry the Light. There are no covers at all on this 2008 release; Richey co-wrote all of the material, and that material owes as much to rock and soul as it does to the blues -- which shouldn't come as a surprise to her longtime followers. Richey has never been a blues purist by any stretch of the imagination, but there is certainly an abundance of blues feeling on these songs -- many of which have very reflective lyrics. Richey is in a highly contemplative mood on tracks like "Jericho Road," "Leave the Blues Behind," "Carry the Light," and "When All Is Said and Done." And even though she gets in some memorable guitar solos, Carry the Light is a very lyrics-driven album above all else -- which is certainly a big departure from the instrumental Speechless. As far as Richey's vocal-oriented studio albums go, Carry the Light isn't quite as essential as Sending Me Angels. But it's still an engaging and respectable demonstration of the Cincinnati resident's skills as a vocalist, songwriter, and guitarist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/3/2008
  • Label: Sweet Lucy Records
  • UPC: 648397113820
  • Catalog Number: 1138
  • Sales rank: 234,111

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kelly Richey Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals
Mickey Denton Guitar
Josh Seurkamp Percussion, Drums
Amos Heller Bass
Bill Brandenburgh Keyboards
Technical Credits
Steve Carroll Composer
David Torrey Mastering
Kelly Richey Composer, Producer
Deborah Kates Insert Photography
Scott Ryan Artwork
Rick Brantley Producer
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