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Richey And Company Do More Reading Than Rocking

Of the Oakland Press

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Being on the road is no wild and crazy trip for singer-songwriter Kim Richey and her band, even with all five of them crammed into a van.

“I’ve been calling it the bookmobile,” the Nashville-based Richey, 50, says with a laugh. “It’s all really quiet. We don’t even listen to music. We’re all driving along, reading, and every once in awhile, we stop and have a political discussion, which is all of us agreeing with each other.

“The highlight is the night before we download the crossword puzzle and all do it together during the next day’s ride. Nice, huh?”

Richey, then, is confining her noisemaking to the stage, where she’s performing songs from “Chinese Boxes,” her first album of new material in five years. She recorded it in London with Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin and co-producer of the soundtrack to Cirque du Soleil’s “LOVE” Beatles’ tribute, but Richey says she wasn’t trying to channel the Fab Four herself.

“Everybody likes to say that, ’cause of Giles’ father and all that,” she notes. “Everybody is influenced by them at this point; you just can’t help it. But people listen to (the song) ‘Jack and Jill’ and go, ‘Ooh, that’s the Beatles,’ but we were thinking of the Beach Boys. And people say, ‘Ooh, that’s Beatley’ ’cause there’s mellotron and all kinds of other stuff, but that’s Billy (Mowbray), not Giles.

“So I don’t think it’s anymore influenced by the Beatles than anything else, even though that’s the easy thing to guess.”

Kim Richey performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 12) at the Ark, 16 S. Main St., Ann Arbor. Tickets are $20. Call (734) 761-1451 or visit www.theark.org.

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