The one and only, Kelly Bell Band, are proud to announce the release of their much anticipated CD, "Ain't Like It Used to Be" featuring the hit single "Thinking About Tomorrow." This full length masterpiece features more than an hour of new music with guest appearances by the likes of blues legend Bobby Parker, Jimi Haha of Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Toni Blackman of Freestyle Union, Big Jesse Yawn, Ron Holloway, The All Mighty Senators horn section, Mark Wenner of the legendary Nighthawks, Victor Williams and several other great musicians. The Kelly Bell Band has already sold over 20,000 copies of their debut CD, "Phat Blues Music" and is set to conquer the world with their follow-up CD featuring their own unique blend of blues, funk, soul and in your face rock-n-roll.
Based out of Baltimore, The Kelly Bell Band have been voted "Best Blues Band" (Music Monthly) for six years in a row and "Best Band in Baltimore"(City Paper) two years running. For the past six years, The KBB has been successfully touring the east coast gaining rabid fans in every market from Greenville, North Carolina to Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to playing some of the best venues in the business, The Kelly Bell Band have shared the stage with such famous artists as James Brown, Matchbox 20, Better Than Ezra, G-Love and Special Sauce, SR-71, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Cracker, Slash, Bobby Parker, Bo Diddley, Foghat, Buddy Guy, Bobby "Blue" Bland, James Cotton, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. The live show is a musical marathon second to none! As Kelly Bell is fond of saying, "If you didn't come here to shake it and get down, you're in the wrong place!"
Kelly Bell is not only one of the premier front men in the music business today, he also appears regularly on the 98 Rock (WIYY/Baltimore) Morning Show as an on-air personality and is a member of the extremely popular Maryland Championship Wrestling (MCW) family. The Kelly Bell Band's "Phat Blues Music" which appeared on "Homicide", has also been used on several television programs and commercials and can be heard on many great radio stations throughout the country. The Kelly Bell Band is one of those rare bands that come along and defy tradition by refusing to be categorized. Kelly Bell sums it up best, "My audience spans all generations and backgrounds. Age, race, class...all that goes out the window at our shows. Phat Blues Music speaks directly to the soul." You better believe it.
Phat Quotes !!!
"The passionate, sweat-drenched, funk fueled groove could bring a priest to his knees. The last time we saw The Kelly Bell Band we had to have a cigarette when the set was ended." City Paper (Baltimore)
"At a time when both go-go and blues have stalled, The Kelly Bell Band illustrates how the two genres can help each other move forward." Geoffrey Himes/ Washington Post
" As timeless as the blues may be, Kelly Bell's success stems from his ability to take such a classic form of music and add his own touch to it, combining rock, funk, and a head full of dreadlocks, with old fashioned Muddy Water's blues." Chris Terry/The Towerlight
" The Kelly Bell Band smokes. From the Barry White-like monologue in "Sweet Wind & Soul" to the acoustic simplicity of "Mean to Me," Phat Blues Music is a CD that needs to be played over and over again." Ed Yashinsky/ Mode
"For Baltimore's Kelly Bell, salvation and redemption go hand in hand with the blues. And thanks to Kelly Bell, all of Baltimore knows it, too! After various opening stints the likes of Bo Diddley and Bobby "Blue" Bland, Kelly Bell has made his signature in six-foot block letters." The Album Network
"Bell and band trade in the worn coin of bar bands everywhere -hopped-up blues. But they mint their own currency, so to speak, on this expansive work, referencing the blues without getting stuck in its dogma, and using their considerable musical imaginations and skills to elevate even the slightest song into something slick, sharp and soulful." Lee Gardner/City Paper (Balt.)
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1. Pain (Intro)
2. Thinkin' About Tomorrow
3. Must've Bumped Your Head
4. ...Ain't Like It Used to Be!
5. Talkin' In Your Sleep
6. Early in the Morning
8. She Done Moved
9. Workin' Me
10. Missing You
11. Lock Me Up
12. Lost My Baby for the Blues
13. Message from the White House
14. Good Night for the Blues
15. Mama's Chasing the Dragon
16. Take Me Away
17. Thinkin' About Tomorrow (Radio Edit)