Her long list of musical influences includes Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Big Mama Thornton, and Susan Tedeschi. In 2004, working closely with producer Mike Conway of MCR Studio in Tampa, Kelly began writing and recording her first album, which would later be called "Bettin' Woman". Also the title of one of the first songs she wrote for the CD, Kelly felt that "Bettin' Woman" was an especially appropriate title for this self-produced album, knowing that she was taking a risk. Now the gamble seems to be paying off. Released in November 2006, "Bettin' Woman" has received favorable reviews in "Blues Revue Magazine", Suncoast Blues Society's "Twelve Bar Rag", and The Phoenix Blues Society's "Blues Bytes". One song from her album was also chosen to appear on a compilation CD for National Women in Blues (WiB), for which Kelly feels especially honored. "Bettin' Woman" is an all-original blues album, but it also appeals to fans of funk, jazz and R&B.
There are even a couple of gospel-inspired songs on the full-length CD. Tom Hyslop of "Blues Revue Magazine" writes, "Dees' intelligent songwriting has an appealing modern edge." Backing Kelly on her album are well-known musicians Richy Kicklighter, T.C. Carr, Kevin Wilder, and Dale Horton. Kelly is now writing the songs that will appear on her follow-up album.
To quote one of her songs, "Blues Sister", she's "decided to stick around." Visit Kelly's website at http:// kellydees . Reviews: "...I really have been enjoying the diversity and the feel of this all original CD. It is a fine effort in every sense of the word. There seems to have been lots of love and dedication put into this musical project. I'll be a bettin' woman and guarantee you'll like this one!" - Cheryl Mogul, WMNF 88. 5 FM Tampa "...The band is talented, production values are high, and Dees' intelligent songwriting has an appealing modern edge.
The elegant "Blues On A Tuesday," the chugging R&B cut "Slow," the optimistic blues "I'm Alright," the funky "Rewarded," and the gospel-edged shuffle "There'll Be A Day" are easy on the ears. Dees has talent..." - Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue For more information about Kelly Dees, or to join her mailing list, you can visit her website at http:// kellydees , or visit her on MySpace at http:// myspace /kellydees. CDbaby: 'Bettin' Woman' by Kelly Dees Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..