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Kelley Richey changes her tune, a bit, on the road

Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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After logging 55,000 miles on the road during 2014, blues-rocker Kelly Richey is changing the way she does things this year.

"I could not just keep at that pace," says the Cincinnati-based Richey, 52, who plays Saturday at Callahan's Music Hall in Auburn Hills. "Last year, it was definitely worth it, but, man there were some weeks that were really hard physically to just keep driving - three days with no sleep, four days with no sleep, a week with no sleep. When it starts to get to where it's work past the point of physical exertion and we're all looking at each other like, 'What day is it? Who's driving next?,' It's time to pull back."

So this year Richey is playing more solo dates and bringing out her band mostly for festival appearances. And rather than record a full-length follow-up to 2013's "Sweet Spirit" she's planning to record small chunks of songs at a time and release them individually or in small groups and then compile an album later on.

"This is a luxury," Richey notes, "and I don't want to say I earned it. I don't want to sound entitled. But I feel like I've worked really hard to be able to set up for myself the ability to now approach music with some real creative sense and not with the pressure of, 'God, what do I have to do next?!' I've got 15 CDs, I've got great players I've worked with. So I don't have to do anything next, which is a great feeling."

On thing Richey is doing is expanding herself beyond music and doing more life coaching, which she's been working on for the past 10 years and doing actively since about 2009.

"A little over five years ago I got 100 percent sober; I thought, 'I want to get in focus, get my life in focus' and I knew that was something that would really make things better," Richey explains. "So I've been doing a lot of life coaching on the side and working with Women Writing For a Change, doing writing workshops that are very interactive and incorporate everything from teaching to coaching.

"I'm just creating a menu where I can do things I enjoy and love the most and am most passionate about. This way I'm not in some routine, and then whenever I do one thing or another it's exciting again."

Kelly Richey Band

Saturday, Feb. 21. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Callahan's Music Hall, 2105 South Blvd., Auburn Hills.

Tickets are is $15 and $12. Call (248) 858-9508 or visit www.atcallahans.com.

Web Site: www.atcallahans.com

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