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She stands a mere five feet tall, but don't let her tiny stature fool
you, Kellie Rucker is a very BIG talent. Over the
course of a career that has spanned more than 20 years, she has appeared
on the bill with such legends as Dizzy Gillespie, Stephen Stills,
James Cotton, ZZ
Top, Dan Hicks, Warren Zevon, Little Feat and
B.B. King. Her command of the blues harp
and her powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient in her
recent recordings and live shows of legendary blues guitarist and Grammy
nominee, Jon Butcher. Her work can also be found on discs by such
diverse artists as Coco Montoya, L.A.
Guns, Corey Stevens and B.B. Chung
King and the Screaming Buddaheads.
In 1985, Rucker came to Southern California and settled briefly in the San Diego scene before migrating north to Los Angeles, where she met Coco Montoya and Albert Collins' guitarist Debbie Davies. She and Davies formed a band that toured extensively along the 'left coast' for over two years. As her harmonica playing evolved, Rucker began to feel limited by her role in a traditional blues band and she sought to expand her musical horizons. She caught the attention of noted electric blues guitarist, B.B. Chung King, and after sitting in a few time was invited to join his band, The Screaming Buddaheads. She recorded and toured with BBCK for over five years, and since then has become a sought after 'gun-for-hire'.
Not one to rest on her laurels, Kellie has returned to Florida once more, and can now be seen adding to various blues based ensembles.
Watch for Kellie performing in local Southland clubs - she us truly one big talent.