Inspired by classic & electric blues, the Bridget Kelly Band has placed their unique stamp on the blues genre, with high-energy live performances and a hybrid sound that mixes Texas and Memphis Blues with various Southern Blues traditions. The powerful and sultry vocals of singer Bridget Kelly and the incendiary lead guitar work of Tim Fik forge a signature hybrid sound that combines female urban blues with riff-driven rockin' blues guitar; held together by a dynamic rhythm section comprised of Alex Klausner on drums and Mark Armbrecht on bass. The group has recently expanded their sound by adding keyboardist Chris Alexander to their live shows. The Bridget Kelly Band (BKB) has been performing at clubs, concerts, and festivals throughout the United States, and recently at the "Women in Blues" Showcase in Memphis during the 2017 International Blues Challenge (IBC). As IBC Semi-Finalist in 2015 and 2016, the group continues to gain serious media attention.
Songs from their 2014 "Forever in Blues" CD were regularly featured on Sirius XM satellite radio (B.B. King's Bluesville) and radio stations around the world. The album was a top-4 pick by the International Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) in the summer of 2014, and reached #14 spot on the RMR Contemporary Blues chart, #1 on the State of Florida Album chart, #1 on the Blues Debut chart, and peaked at #2 on the Blues411.com chart in December, 2014. The group rapidly earned its reputation as a rockin', female-fronted blues band, when voted #3 by Blues E-News magazine in a "Women in Music" poll in July of 2015. The group's third album, "Outta the Blues" (released in May of 2016), reached a milestone for the band as it rose to #11 on the RMR Contemporary Blues chart, hit #1 on the RMR Electric Blues Chart for six weeks in July and August of 2016, and was the #4 ranked Roots Music Radio "Electric Blues" album in 2016, with the band's first #1 Electric Blues Song-- "Someone's Hoodooin' Me". With airplay from hundreds of blues shows around the world, favorable media reviews, and regular airplay on Pandora, Spotify, Jango, and Internet radio, the band has expanded their international fan base. BKB's continued success has been largely attributed to its insistence of giving it their all, every time they take the stage. Their passion for the music is evident in the energy of their live shows. Honing their signature sound, the Bridget Kelly Band has been committed to living the dream of performing their music and celebrating the blues in its electrified form. Their brand of "electric blues" has carved out a niche for them in the industry, as they promote their music and honor the legacy of the blues
With the release of their 2nd CD: "Forever in Blues" (June, 2014) the group gained serious media attention, with excellent reviews from music critics in the U.S. and U.K. The album, which contained 15 original songs, was a top-4 pick by the International Blues Broadcasters Association (IBBA) in the summer of 2014, and the CD charted regularly on the Roots Music Report (RMR) Top-50 Blues Chart (August through October), reaching the #14 spot for the week ending Oct. 23rd. The "Forever in Blues" CD climbed to #2 on the RMR State of Florida chart (where it stayed for several weeks) and hit #1 on the Blues Debut chart for two weeks running (ending Oct. 6th): and peaked at #2 on the Blues411.com chart the week of Dec. 2nd , 2014.
The Bridget Kelly Band’s music has made the playlists of DJs hosting popular syndicated blues radio shows around the globe, including KFFA (Helena, Arkansas)— Sunshine Sonny Payne’s “King Biscuit Time”, Tony Colter’s “Blues Report” on BB King’s Bluesville (CH 70 Sirius-XM radio), Kevin Black's "Black on Blues" and Tony Corner’s “Blues Corner” (in the UK), Chefjimi Patricola’s “Blues411.com, Baker’s Dozen”, John Hammer’s “Hammered by the Blues”, Kevin Beale's "Blues on the Marsh", the Kool Breeze show, the “Good Morning Blues show” (WRFG Atlanta), Clive Newton’s “Voice of the Red Sea Blues”, Crossroads Café, “ATC” Blues, “The Raven & the Blues show”, Blues & Roots radio, WWOZ (New Orleans), Radio IDL (Tulsa), “Crossroads” with Chris Helm, Josep Palmada’s Red Hot Blues show”, Cleve Baker’s “Confessing the Blues”, DJ Wyatt’s “Yippee-ki-ay -- Rattled Beats show”, Vinny Bond Marini’s “Blues on the Couch”, Radio Wesser, Cool Hand’s “Juke Joint”, Ian Mckenzie’s “Blues Before Midnight”, DJ Yorkie’s “Monday Madhouse”, “Blues Club” with Switch Dunmow, the “Eclectic Chair” with Trish Lewis, “Saturday Blues” with Sister T, Wild Bill Kenton’s “Blues 102”, “Friday Night Blues” with Norma Martinez, Gil Anthony’s “Blues Power”, and numerous other radio shows throughout the U.S., Canada, Germany, Spain, Australia, and France.
Performing at clubs and festivals throughout the Southeastern U.S., the Bridget Kelly Band has shared the stage with numerous national blues touring acts including Albert Castiglia, Biscuit Miller and the Mix, the Jeff Jensen Band, Tas Cru and the Tortured Souls, Selwyn Birchwood, the BMA nominated Brandon Santini, and BillBoard charting artist Victor Wainwright. Recent performances include St. John's River Blues Festival, the High Dive and Thomas Center (Gainesville, FL), the Hard Rock Café, (Atlanta, GA), Roberts Hall (Lynn Haven, FL), Skipper's (Tampa, FL), Bradfordville Blues Club (Tallahassee, FL), Blue Crab Festival, “Blues Appetizer” Concert to kick off the Bradenton Blues Festival, the Dirty Martini Bar, (Gainesville, FL), Englewood’s on Dearborn (Englewood, FL), The Buckingham Blues Bar (Ft. Myers, FL), and The Blue Rooster (Sarasota, FL).
The Bridget Kelly Band is based out of North Central Florida, and active members of the SunCoast Blues society (SCBS), the North Central Florida Blues Society (NCFBS), the Blues Society of Northwest Florida, the Memphis Blues Society, and the Atlanta Blues Society (ABS). On September 7th, 2014, the Bridget Kelly Band won the NCFBS sponsored Blues Challenge, and went on to compete at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, January 21-24, 2015; bringing their stage show and original music to the Blues clubs on Beale Street. The group advanced to the IBC Semi-Finals and were well-received by enthusiastic and cheering audiences at the Jerry Lee Lewis’ club (on Jan. 21st and 22nd), the Blues City Café (Jan. 23rd); and the “Women in Blues Showcase” at the Center for Southern Folklore (Downtown, Memphis). BKB returned to Memphis in the winter of 2016, representing the NCFBS, and made the IBC Semi-finals once again with stellar performances at Wet Willies and the Tin Roof. The Bridget Kelly Band returned to the "Women in Blues" Showcase in 2017 at Alfred's on Beale.