Johnson County Community College
Roots singer Kelley Hunt
Roots singer Kelley Hunt
Kelley Hunt performs free outdoor concert at JCCC
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Kelley Hunt, with her soulful voice and impressive piano-playing, will perform a free concert on Friday, Aug. 22, at Johnson County Community College.
The concert will take place at 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art as part of the college’s summer Light Up the Lawn concert series. Lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets are welcome. (No alcohol, please.) Dinner will be available through purchase from a food truck.
A free songwriting workshop will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Carlsen Center’s Recital Hall. Reservations are required. Call the college box office at 913-469-4445. No specified age or expertise is required; space will be limited.
Hunt’s latest album, “The Beautiful Bones,” came out this spring. It blends roots, rock and soul and shows off her stunning range. It’s Hunt’s sixth album and it features lavish support from a cast of all-star musical friends.
Hunt, from Lawrence, was born in Kansas City, Mo. Her parents played jazz, soul, R&B, blues, pop and gospel records at home. They also hosted jam sessions in their home and Hunt’s grandmother sang gospel music in New Orleans and toured with a choir. Hunt began making up songs and playing piano when she was 4 and started performing in bands in her high school years.
Her first album, “Kelley Hunt,” came out in 1994. She has developed a reputation as a torchbearer of authentic, straight-from-the-heart music with deep roots that transcend limitations of genre. That has been her passkey to building a fan base through radio play, performances at clubs and appearances at pop music festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
Hunt states on her website that the title track was the key to the album’s identity.
“I had already written most of the songs and felt they were about the things that are important to us all as people but “The Beautiful Bones” connected them. I was inspired by looking out my kitchen window while I was playing guitar and seeing the bare branches of a tree covered in snow, and I started to think about the layers we all have in our lives and the possibilities that come with each of them. Fifteen minutes later, the song was done.”
The album repeatedly returns to pivotal moments, from the central question, “What will we do with this truth and these tears?” as asked in “The Beautiful Bones” to the realization in “Let It Rain” that life does give us everything we need.