We had the good fortune of connecting with Kelly Zirbes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kelly, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe the way I connect with my audience has been the success of Kelly’s Lot. Through live shows, recorded music or even social media I always try and connect to others. Most of the time with groups of people but always with the spirit of one on one.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I write, sing and make music. I started a band called Kelly’s Lot in 1994 and soon after joined forces with my songwriting partner Perry Robertson. Twenty seven years later, we are still going strong because at the end of the day we just want to create music that makes life a little easier to deal with. For us and for others. But I believe it is our hard work and determination that has kept the band together and kept us focused on the music through day jobs and lots of other life changing experiences. Do it and keep moving forward is the best advice I can give. And if you can find an emotional element that drives you there, grab it. Sharing how we feel so others can share how they feel is the thread that holds us all together, in the band and with our fans. Music is therapy is an understatement.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would find as many live music concerts and events as I could and make that the outline of the week. I would eat at the gigs or somewhere nearby looking for different types of food. Stay out late and try and catch 2 or 3 shows in one night. I would organize a jam at someone’s house and do a potluck there. That would be a great week.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My partner in all things, Perry Robertson.
Amanda Peacock took the 2nd photo with the guitar in front of us standing.