Kellie has become a recording artist in her own right, with 3 CD releases, *"Ain't Hit Bottom", "Church of Texas", and the latest release, "Kellie Rucker, Music of Soul Return". All three were recorded in Los Angeles, and feature the finest in L.A. talent. Her command of the blues harp and her powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient on recordings and live shows with legendary blues guitarist B.B.
Chung King and Grammy nominee, Jon Butcher. Her work can also be found on discs by such diverse artists as L.A. Guns, Corey Stevens, B.B. Chung King and the Buddaheads, TV Commercials and film.
Born in Oklahoma City, Rucker and her family moved often, making stops in Texas, Virginia and the Florida Keys before settling in Mystic, CT. She took up the harmonica at the age of twelve, and as a teenager had the habit of sneaking into blues clubs to see influential performances by Johnny Winter, James Cotton, James Montgomery, and Roomful of Blues. At 17, she headed west to Denver, where she formed her first blues band, Blues for Breakfast. She loved the Rocky Mountains, but longed for the warmth of the Southeast and returned to the Florida Keys.
There she happened to join forces with the Bill Blue Band, with whom she eventually toured in Scandinavia. In 1985, Rucker came to Southern California and settled briefly in the San Diego scene before migrating north to Los Angeles, where she Albert Collins' guitarist Debbie Davies. She and Davies formed a band that toured extensively along the 'left coast' for over two years. As her harmonica playing evolved, Rucker began to feel limited by her role in a traditional blues band and she sought to expand her musical horizons.
She caught the attention of noted electric blues guitarist, B.B. Chung King, and after sitting in a few times was invited to join his band, The Screaming Buddaheads. She recorded and toured with BBCK for over five years, becoming a sought after 'gun-for-hire' harmonica player and singer on Los Angeles recording sessions. These days, Kellie continues to perform in concerts all over Europe performing her own material from her CDs - in 2009, she appears in Italy, Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Sweden, hoping to win over even more music fans.
She will begin new recording projects while in Europe in between tour dates. Miss Rucker is proving herself to be one busy lady! ...and one talent you won't want to miss! Watch out for Kellie's latest release, "Blues is Blues", available on the Music Avenue Group of Labels! KELLIE PLAYS LEE OSKAR HARMONICAS EXCLUSIVELY! WWW.LEEOSKAR.COM *Musicians on Kellie Rucker Recordings: "Ain't Hit Bottom" (BB Chung King, Gary Malliber, Gerald Johnson, Marty Grebb, Teddy 'Zigzag' Andreadus) "Church of Texas" (Jon Butcher, Ben Schultz of Barefoot Servants, Chris Pierce..."KR-Music of Soul Return" (JJ Holiday, Michael Barsimanto, Kieth Karman of Imperial Crowns) Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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