The heavyweight prewar solo guitarists Charlie Patton, Son House, and especially Robert Johnson, receive the lions share of attention from contemporary fans. Their expansive styles are still a joy to hear while also providing a misty window back to the pastoral roots of American music. Guitarist/singer Kelly Carmichael embraces this genre with equal facility and boundless enthusiasm, while creating recordings that are likewise relevant and vital in the modern era.
No less amazing is the fact that Carmichael also played in the bands INTERNAL VOID (1987-2016), and PENTAGRAM (2003-2005) while recording for their (2004) release “Show ’em How”.
He released his solo blues debut “OLD STOCK” in 2005 to rave reviews, and followed up the release with two tours as the supporting act for the hard-rock geniuses CLUTCH. “Old Stock” features covers of blues staples such as Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Joshua White and even a cover of the 70’s band STRAY “Mr Hobo” along with original bassist Gary Giles on bass.
In 2008, Carmichael’s second offering “QUEEN FAREENA” on Dogstreet Records, reveals his continuing mastery of authentic olde-tyme styles ranging from ragtime to country blues, hokum blues to delta blues and even a touch of dixieland jazz. In sync with the supple rhythm section of drummer Jean-Paul Gaster (CLUTCH) and upright bassist Johnny Lawless Ray Carroll, Carmichael sings with wit and expression, picks guitar and banjo, tickles the xylophone and even rattles the bones.
Kelly returns to his heavy roots with drummer Jesse Shultzaberger (Ginada Piñata, The Woodshedders) with a new full length Hard Rock album “Heavy Heart” slated for a 2018 Summer release.
by Dave Rubin
Guitar Edge Magazine