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  1. CommentsMaria Falvey   |  Saturday, 03 October 2009 at 8:38 PM

    You’re site is so easy to navigate, dig the session booking tool for your students and look forward to reading the updates in the poetic thought section. Thanks!

  2. CommentsDana Hinckley   |  Tuesday, 06 October 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Nice site Kelly! As always, keep up the great work. I’m missing the library sessions. It was a wonderful season.

  3. CommentsJOhn Drumheller   |  Sunday, 11 October 2009 at 7:32 PM

    This a place to come and explore. Great poetry, and the music… So many memories of Bozeman and how guys like you, just a couple of years ahead of me, formed my musical perceptions and my artistic view of the world. Thanks.

  4. CommentsSalvatore Vasapolli   |  Friday, 23 October 2009 at 5:37 PM

    A very classy suited for a very classy guy! Look almost as great as your playing (well not really, your playing can not be put in limited visual realms for it is too vast!)

  5. Commentsmelody funk   |  Saturday, 24 October 2009 at 8:07 PM

    thought I would check you out…impressive website…and good piano player on the demo…ha ha
    Couldn’t hear the bass very well but I have a midget computer with very tiny speakers…

  6. CommentsDenise Marttine-Collins   |  Sunday, 25 October 2009 at 12:39 AM

    First time visitor to your site. Agree there are a lot of interest areas to explore. Thank you and I look forward to more visits!

  7. CommentsMo Dan Enuff   |  Wednesday, 28 October 2009 at 1:38 AM

    Nice site…a place I could and will spend hours. Keep this growing!

  8. CommentsCathryn McGill   |  Wednesday, 28 October 2009 at 7:19 AM

    Very nice! Congrats on your new releases and your web presence. Keep up the good work.

  9. CommentsZuzana   |  Wednesday, 28 October 2009 at 9:33 AM

    cool site, I like that you put the links on top in one line and they do not overflow to the next line.
    You could add live feed to your poetry blog here as well

  10. CommentsZuzana   |  Wednesday, 28 October 2009 at 9:38 AM

    And adding a list of titles to your poems is nice, a lot better than numbers 😉

  11. CommentsAngie Peang   |  Friday, 30 October 2009 at 10:57 AM

    Thank you for directing me to your site. Very nice! It has a gentle, peaceful feeling to it.

  12. CommentsJoe Rattman   |  Friday, 30 October 2009 at 4:30 PM

    I wish we were in Montana and able to come out to all the performances–but have fond memories!

  13. CommentsEric Funk   |  Friday, 30 October 2009 at 4:53 PM

    This site is a beautiful window on your life, past-present-and future, Kelly. Thanks for creating a means through which people can access a comprehensive view of your work, in all its aspects. Now if there was a way everyone could make music with you – then the subtle entry into “what you do when you’re doing it” would reveal all, the real magic.
    I just have to smile about the beginning of 2010…

  14. CommentsSandy Torma   |  Friday, 30 October 2009 at 5:59 PM

    Beautiful site Kelli. Very well done and classy. Read some of your poetry – Impressive. And your demo song from Ballads – absolutely beautiful. I’m always on the lookout for beautiful slow peaceful music to play while giving massage. It’s perfect. Thanks for turning me on to site. Sandy

  15. CommentsPaula Beswick   |  Monday, 02 November 2009 at 10:08 AM

    Hey Kelly, this site looks great! Well done. Love listening to the music clips and learning what your creative self is up to. You are such a talented, multi-faceted guy….who knew? Actually, we all knew.

  16. CommentsCindy Christin   |  Monday, 02 November 2009 at 11:31 AM

    Kelly: Just heard from a high school friend (you and I are the same age, so we both know how long ago that was!). He lives in Colorado and is a fellow bass player. . . though he does more bluegrass, I think, than jazz. Anyway, he sent me this:

    I just finished my 3rd concert and am about to do my 2nd recital for Colorado College! A friend down there runs the Bluegrass program there and has me down to help. I also saw John Ramsey, a good friend now. He owns the folklore center/guitar shop that I visited so many years ago! I owe you an eternal thank you for taking me to that Gary Carr concert. (bass player) It showed me what one could do with a bass and as a result, made me a pretty darned good soloist! I have won high praise from many including the great Ralph Sharon (Tony Bennet and Frank Sinatra pianist and band leader for 50 yrs.) I got to play a set with him 2 years ago and he paid me the highest complement I’ve ever received! He said, “you could play with anybody, and I’ve played with them all!” He went on to say, “you followed me in every key, I don’t believe it!” Thank you Cindy!

    Looking forward to seeing you at a concert one of these days. . . we miss you at the Library!

  17. CommentsMichelle Thiel   |  Monday, 02 November 2009 at 1:32 PM

    A classy and professional website yet artistic, it has a wonderful presence of you! Well done. Thanks for the wonderful events year round. Mother has truly enjoyed and echoed over and over how her friends and she have enjoyed the Friday evenings at the library. Thank you again. Will you have your tangos and other works up on here? How about any books you’ve read that you recommend/enjoy about music, are inspired by etc. Nice work, will be back again and again to review and enjoy.

  18. CommentsSavannah   |  Monday, 02 November 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Thanks for the link Kelly….:) The site has a calm and peaceful feel to it and looks fabulous.

  19. CommentsEd Scheterlak   |  Tuesday, 03 November 2009 at 8:12 AM

    Hey Kelly! The site is awesome. it’s not only informative, but it’s pleasing to the eye.

  20. Commentskellye gray   |  Thursday, 05 November 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Great site Kelly!!! so much going on…so much to explore and discover. Love it!

  21. CommentsMelanie Nashan   |  Sunday, 08 November 2009 at 6:16 AM

    Hey Kelly,
    I would LOVE to do some photos with you! Your web site is so wonderful on so many levels. Nice work!

    I’ll give you a call to talk to you about the photos….

  22. CommentsAdriana Morales   |  Tuesday, 10 November 2009 at 8:05 PM

    If only more people believed that music could heal our world…

  23. CommentsMystery   |  Monday, 23 November 2009 at 5:07 PM

    Love your site and love the music! I hope I get to hear you live one day.
    My best,

  24. CommentsKayla Nadeau   |  Monday, 23 November 2009 at 9:56 PM

    Very nice site, Love the music. very calming to hear.
    Keep up the great work!
    Nice meeting you!

  25. CommentsKayle Brecher   |  Tuesday, 24 November 2009 at 9:25 PM

    Kelly: your website is beautiful, as is your writing and your wonderfully expressive music.
    Just wonderful!

  26. CommentsSheila J. Bledsoe   |  Sunday, 29 November 2009 at 1:24 AM


  27. CommentsColetha Kennedy   |  Tuesday, 01 December 2009 at 11:28 PM

    Hey Kelly, this is Coletha (Tommy Ridgley’s graudaughter) im sending address finally. Hope all is well. Very nice site Kelly talk to u soon.

  28. CommentsPaula Brochu   |  Sunday, 24 January 2010 at 10:59 AM


    I admire your work. Stumbling upon you on Face Book has enhanced my life — both your music and your wit. I laugh a lot when I read your posts — and, laughing is good.

    Congrats on your recent award, my friend! And, kudos on a very tasteful website.

    Paula Brochu

  29. CommentsJune Safford   |  Monday, 25 January 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Finally got around to checking out your web site. Everyone has rightly commented on its attractiveness and its comprehensiveness. You should attach a dictionary site too for those who are reading your poems as you can send many of us out there in search of a new word! I had no idea how prolific a poet you are, which only explains a deep emotional source from which you make music, write, love and live. As I read several of these poems I could imagine them having been written in longhand on white paper. They have a splendid rawness to them that a computer might interfere with. The following are poems I read that I particularly enjoyed Friends in Flight, As if We’d Never Met, Crank it up. Faithful. Have to mention that I didn’t read them all. yet. Did you intend for the poem Follow The Rain to turn into an artistic shape of its own?
    Congratulations on winning the Governor’s Award for artistry and contributing your talents to make our community, our state a better place. Also, thank you for mentioning me during your five minutes. That was a surprise and I’m glad Jeff and I decided to head to Helena that special day. Glad to that we left for home that day as well. The snow on Saturday would have been too challenging for a drive home. June

  30. CommentsTim Hammond   |  Monday, 25 January 2010 at 10:13 PM

    Hello Kelly, My name is Tim Hammond, we met briefly when you were in Bozeman for the taping with David Morgenroth for 11th and Grant with Eric Funk. I was there for a few days as a guest of Eric’s. I had my picture taken with you and with Eric just outside the studio of KUSM. I got invited because I was regularly emailing Eric with questions and all sorts of positive comments about the show, needless to say I am a big fan. When you and I were visiting you told me you were mentored under the late great Ray Brown and when I mentioned one of my favorite pianists, Gene Harris, you told me you had played with him also and were good friends. I really wish I could have seen him in concert. I have a lot of music by both those musicians. The real reason I am writing is to congratulate you on winning the Governors Award for the Arts. Eric told me he had nominated you and was present when you recieved it. Congratulations and I hope we meet again someday, I really enjoyed visiting with you, Kelly. Tim H

  31. CommentsFelicia Stone   |  Sunday, 14 February 2010 at 11:43 PM


    I will be spending a lot of time here, reading your work. Wow…

    Felicia Stone

  32. CommentsBruce King   |  Thursday, 29 April 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Hi Kelly, we’re looking forward to the show tonight at the Story Mansion. Having never been in the building this will be an interesting evening to be sure. I caught Brad’s show yesterday with Jack and enjoyed it very much. I hope we get a chance to chat at some point either before or after.

  33. CommentsEric Beggs   |  Thursday, 30 September 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Great to meet you. Remarkable. That Linda M. was right on it.
    Timing is everything. Serendipity rocks.

    Looking forward to the new work.

    Keepin’ it loose and happy.



  34. CommentsCheryl Emerson   |  Saturday, 02 October 2010 at 8:15 PM

    Love your work: music and poetry…Love the bass.

  35. CommentsMarva Holiday   |  Monday, 25 October 2010 at 8:20 PM

    Wow, Kelly. LOVE this site! — Look forward to listening to your new CD :-)

  36. CommentsAgostangasy   |  Friday, 25 January 2013 at 10:25 AM

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate to this brilliant blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account. I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my Facebook group. Chat soon!

  37. CommentsBonnie   |  Sunday, 31 March 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Hey Kel – love your website. Read a few very touching poems and will come back to read more! Will see you guys at the Plonk again on Wed night so looking forward to that. Keep up the good work!

  38. CommentsTim Ratliff   |  Sunday, 08 September 2013 at 2:30 PM

    Fantastic website Kelly and thank you for all that great bass playing.

  39. CommentsMassimo Roberti   |  Tuesday, 20 May 2014 at 3:40 AM

    Cia Kelly, un caro saluto dall’Italia…

  40. CommentsAdrienne Mayor   |  Sunday, 20 July 2014 at 1:41 PM

    We LOVE your shows at the Library, Cican’s, and Plonk!

    One suggestion: the sound system at Plonk as degenerated badly since last year–any way to fix it?

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