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    Kim Richey

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    Most Popular Songs (more)

    1Don't Let Me Down Easy lyrics
    2Can't Lose Them All lyrics
    3Let the Sun Fall Down lyrics
    4Didn't I lyrics
    5Drift lyrics
    6Every River lyrics
    7Why Can't I Say Goodnight lyrics
    8You'll Never Know lyrics
    9Here I Go Again lyrics
    10Echoes of Love lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    1Chinese Boxes [2007]
    2Wreck Your Wheels [2010]
    3Bitter Sweet [1997]
    4Glimmer [Mercury] [1999]
    5Kim Richey [1995]
    6The Collection [Lost Highway] [2004]
    7Rise [Lost Highway] [2002]


    Ohio might not seem like a hotbed of music, but when you have an aunt who owns a record shop, you've certainly got a leg up. That's how Kim Richey got hooked on what would become her chosen path — digging through bins of 45s and listening to everything she could, from Janis Joplin to the Lovin' Spoonful. In high school, she started playing guitar but didn't rack up much stage time until in college. That was when she started a band and sang a lot of harmony. After college, she did a lot of moving, to and through Colorado, Washington, South America, Boston, Europe, and occasionally Nashville. Serving a stint as a cook at the Bluebird Café didn't do much harm to pull her into the singer/songwriter fold. In 1988, Richey planted her roots in Nashville to really test that fold and hone her own songwriting craft. She built a reputation as a singer who could interpret a lyric and harmonize with the best of them, all the while writing songs with an optimistic melancholy quality that is unusual and alluring. Before too long, Richey was signed to PolyGram Records, releasing her eponymous debut in 1995. Bitter Sweet and Glimmer followed in two-year increments. All three albums were tagged as contemporary country but actually fall in step pretty close to John Hiatt's brand of music making. Comparisons to Shawn Colvin have also run rampant over the years, due to Richey's cleverly twisting lyrical phrases and beats. By the time she made 1999's Glimmer with producer Hugh Padgham, her sound leaned even further toward the pop end of the spectrum. Cut to 2002 and the release of Rise. Teaming up with producer Bill Bottrell, Richey fleshed out her sound with worldly flavors of instrumentation, atypical for a so-called contemporary country artist. The result was mesmerizing and her most masterful work to date.

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