You have to love Kim Richey. We do. In the world of independent
touring singer-songwriters that we honor, Kim may well be the poster
child. She is a traveler, after all, musically, physically, emotionally.
Not merely restless or rootless, it’s who she is. Willing to follow
where the music leads, she’s landed in New York, Nashville,
London…working with a who’s who of producers…attracting a
coterie of top-shelf genre-definers…Jason Isbell, Trisha Yearwood,
Chuck Prophet, Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), Pat Sansone
(Wilco)…for her critically-lauded projects…and also singing on
records for Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin, Isbell and Rodney Crowell
and many others.
Part of what draws them to the dusky honey of her crystalline alto is
the way she writes: to and from the soul, never flinching from the
conflicts and crushing moments, yet always finding dignity and
resilience. Her arc of the human heart is true. True enough that over
the years as a songwriter, Kim has written No.1 hits for Radney Foster
(“Nobody Wins”) and Trisha Yearwood (“Believe Me Baby”), the latter
for which she was Grammy-nominated, as well as songs for Mary
Chapin Carpenter, Gretchen Peters, Patty Loveless, Jamie Lawson,
Brooks and Dunn, Jim Lauderdale and many more.
She is the real deal. A single genre has never defined her career. Her
delivery can have a hint of folk, country, blues, roots, gospel…. Yet,
when you hear the first few notes of a Kim Richey song you know
you’re in for a great ride; warm, expressive, melodic songs. Her
music never disappoints.