Know My Name Infuses Elements of Hard Rock, Metal, Hip Hop & Blues To Create Signature “Phat Blues” Sound
Forming 24 years ago as the backup band for rock n’ roll pioneer Bo Diddley, blues journeymen The Kelly Bell Band have spent their career proving that their music knows no bounds. Transcending time, trends and tribulations, the Baltimore-based group has happily lived on the fringe when it comes to their genre-defying music and their latest release shows they are ready to go even further.
Know My Name, which Bell says is the most “progressive record to date,” features elements of rock, metal, hip hop and blues and will be released Friday, April 26.
Bell says that the songs encompass a heavier, more rock-driven vibe with groove-infested melodies that can only be describes as “Phat Blues.”
“Each song on the record is written to take the listener on a different journey,” said Bell. “Our fans have always been on board to take the ride with us which is why it was important that we create an album that articulates complete artistic expression and not simply a collection of individual singles.”
Fueling this creativity and dedication to “bringing the credit back to the blues”, as Bell explains, is his long-time band of brothers in the Kelly Bell Band. Comprising Dane Paul Russell (Harmonica), Frankie Hernandez (Bass/Vocals), John Robert Buell (Drums/Vocals), Rahsaan “Wordslave” Eldridge (Vocals/Percussion) Ryan Fowler (Guitars/Vocals) and Eric Robinson (Guitars/Vocals), the group plays an integral role in influencing their signature sound.
Bell also enlisted some heavy hitters to make special appearances on the record, most notably Dave Tieff of Laughing Colours, Julie Cymek of Sweet Leda, and Justin Schlegel of the 98 Rock Morning Show in Baltimore.
“Working with so many talented musicians on this project was like making a quilt and having to decide where all the patches go”, he said. “Some of these ‘patches’ come in different shapes and sizes but essentially it’s task of Phat Blues Music to make them fit.”
And “fit” they did. Know My Name’s debut single “Long Train” has already been embraced by fans and critics, thanks to the exclusive release of its video earlier this month
In Review: “Long Train” by The Kelly Bell Band is a phenomenal first look at the best of Blues / Rock infused music, rich and rowdy riffs and a back beat that just grooves you into the sweet spot. Add to the mix a short but impressive “rap” to give an urban respect to the dig down deep of it all. The track is explosive from beginning to end and has so much that I can personally only imagine the joy this album will bring to the music scene around the world. Other track titles I look forward to hearing are Last $4, First Moments, Good Thing, You Don’t Know, Know My Name, I’m Gone!, Dead Man Walking, Just Ain’t The Same, P.H.A.T. Blues Music, Gimmick Infringement?, Every Time, In The Late Hours, and with hopes the band may grace the scene with a tour, which would be awesome!
Other supporters include WTMD FM Baltimore, who are hosting the official album release party on April 26 at their studio.
Details for the event are located here: https://www.facebook.com/events/349790262413377/.
Know My Name will be available for purchase and download April 26 through all major digital platforms, as well as the band’s web site https://www.kellybellband.com. Exclusive merchandise and autographed memorabilia are also featured on the site.
For more information, visit http://www.kellybellband.com.
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