FEM163 The Smiling Girl of Blues Bands with Bridget Kelly

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fanBridget Kelly loves her fans and spends a lot of time engaging with them but the best way she connects with them, and others, is simply by being kind.

One of the greatest female-fronted blues bands is The Bridget Kelly Blues Band, an electronic blues band. Their latest CD, Blues Warrior, was released on June 1, 2018, inspired by the #MeToo movement and covers issues like the homelessness, human trafficking, heroin addiction and more. Their most recent CD Bone Rattler charted at number 1 for over 6 months on the RMR Electric Blues Chart. Bridget brings lots of great ideas to the table when it comes to fan engagement and credits that to the closeness of her and her guitar playing husband. Her mission statement isn’t about financials or art as much as it is about connecting with her audience.

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Streams of Income 

  • Full time musicianblues bands
  • Plays 150-200 shows a year
  • Also owns a Montessori school
  • Merch at shows
  • You have to sell a good quality product
  • CD sales
  • Festivals pay well

Time of Struggle

  • Every time she has wanted to quit, something shows up to keep her going
  • Smile through adversityblues bands
  • Be aware of the gifs that keep you going
  • Morning meditation and gratitude practice

Booking Gigs for blues bands

  • Books some herself
  • Booking agent
  • Most bookings come from people she has met
  • Festivalsblues bands

Ways to Engage with Fans

  • Facebook
  • Meets people at shows
  • The Grammy Network
  • Talking to people at her shows
  • Like other bands pages
  • Always be nice

Resources

The Blues Foundation (https://blues.org/)

National Women in Blues   https://www.nationalwomeninblues.com/

International Blues Challenge  https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/

http://www.bridgetkellyband.com/

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ABOUT HOST BREE NOBLE

Bree Noble Female Entrepreneur MusicianBree Noble is an entrepreneur, musician and speaker. She founded Women of Substance Radio, an online radio station that promotes quality female artists in all genres, in 2007.  She launched the Women of Substance Music Podcast in November 2014, a 5 day per week show which promotes Independent female artists. Her podcast has hit #1 in New & Noteworthy for the Music, Arts and Society & Culture categories and #4 Audio Podcast on all of iTunes. She draws on her extensive experience running her own music business, both as a solo musician and as an Industry professional, to train and mentor other female musicians. Learn more about the station, the show and the artists atwww.wosradio.com. Connect with Bree on Twitter @BreeNoble or on Facebook or on Instagram

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