Kellie Rucker | Ain't Hit Bottom

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Ain't Hit Bottom

by Kellie Rucker

Rockin' Blues and Roots Music
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Ain't I The Right One
4:35 $0.99
2. Bed of Lies
3:46 $0.99
3. Blues is Blues
4:54 $0.99
4. Ain't Hit Bottom
3:01 $0.99
5. Don't need to Know
4:53 $0.99
6. Cook For You
4:15 $0.99
7. My Own Little World
2:59 $0.99
8. Nothin' To Lose
3:58 $0.99
9. Tied Up, Tied Down and Twisted
4:18 $0.99
10. Rollin' in Clover
4:26 $0.99
11. Walkin' By Myself
3:18 $0.99
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Album Notes
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, Albert Collins, James Cotton, ZZ Top, Dan Hicks, Warren Zevon, Little Feat and B.B. King.

Her tone-heavy harmonica and powerful singing voice have made her a key ingredient in 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 and on TV, radio and other music sessions.

Born in Oklahoma City, Rucker and her family moved often, making stops in Texas, Virginia and the Florida Keys before settling in Mystic, CT. Following in her brother Robby’s footsteps, she took up the harmonica at the age of twelve. As a teenager she had the habit of sneaking into blues clubs to see influential performances by Johnny Winter, James Cotton, James Montgomery, and Roomful of Blues.

At age seventeen, she headed west to Denver, where she formed her first blues band, Blues for Breakfast. She loved the Rocky Mountains, but longed for the warmth of the Southeast and returned to the Florida Keys. There she happened to join forces with the Bill Blue Band, with whom she eventually toured in Scandinavia.

Following the Swedish tour, 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 times was invited to join his band, The Screaming Buddaheads. She recorded and toured with BBCK for over five years, throughout Japan, Canada and the US and since then has become a sought after 'gun-for-hire’.

If Kellie Rucker was a biscuit, the list of musical ingredients would include a bowlful of Blues, a pinch of Zydeco, a teaspoon of Swing, a half-cup of Country, a little Bluegrass and a dash of Soul Music! - for inspiration, she listens more to guitar and Hammond B3 players than harp players. When asked who she would be if she could inhabit the body of her biggest artist influence, she says she would be a combination of Al Green and Mick Jagger!

In addition to 'Ain't Hit Bottom' Kellie has recently completed her second CD project, ‘Church of Texas’ and is now working on material for CD number three! Watch for Kellie is busy touring the world playing music, so watch for her out there! She's one talent you won't want to miss!

You can email Kellie at for booking or contact 954-599-8828



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Another Siren Sweetly Singing!
When Homer told the tale of the sailors attracted to their fate by the sirens singing, he certainly had something like this CD in mind. Kellie Rucker makes me stop in my tracks and get closer to the speakers.


What a shame!
Shame over the music-industry to ignore such a great arist like Kellie Rucker! Great Girl , great songs, great voice!

Les Reynolds

Kellie Rucker is perhaps one of this country's best kept secrets, but shouldn't be. Her CD Ain't Hit Bottom is, in short, awesome. Kellie anchors this well-produced CD with drop-dead gorgeous, gritty vocals and a mean blues harp. While other artists make good contributions, it's Kellie who takes center stage and a commanding ownership all 11 tunes. Even the photo of Kellie on the front of the CD invites you to listen, which you will do many times.

andreas from leverkusen

shame shame shame
... that this CD can only - or nearly only - be bought on CDBABY (Thanks so much, CDBABY!!) and not in each record store or at least on amazon worldwide. Read about it in bluesnews magazine Germany. Best groovin' bluesrockin' music I heard in the last months (and I heard a lot). Her voice reminds me on so many more blues singers that it's not easy to name them (Theresa James? Carol Case?). No, it's unique, and it's marvellous! And so are the songs, each one on this CD which should not stop after the nearly 45 Minutes. But there is no problem to listen to it again and again and again. Heard that a second CD of Kellie Rucker is about to be recorded, so there ist some more hope...

Elise Cain

Buy this one now!!!!!!!!!!
Kellie's low bluesy voice is a cross between Bonnie Raitt and "Mothers Ruckers" own addictive one. Listen once, then listen again. You won't turn it off. Don't miss this small packages BIG harmonica riffs. Oh, she writes some catchy lyrics and plays guitar too. I only hope she come up with another one soon.


I am jazzed to hear a female harmonica player!
As a rookie harmonica lady this CD is an inspiration to me.
Bed of Lies is my favorite,that is if I have to pick one. Blues is Blues grabs the heart strings and speaks volumes of truth. You just gotta get this baby it'll rock your world.

Sweet Old Bob

If this ain't the right one, maybe you should reframe the question
Ain't Hit Bottom is a fully realized production from beginning to end - blues from a woman's point of view, the harmonica player often added as a tasty little side dish to the full band, takes front and center in this production, filling up the stage and emptying the hall except for her and you... The first track, Ain't I the Right One? - opens with guitar and piano laying out the melody, then a short drum break to introduce the vocal, in which Kellie starts playing with words, hands on your hips, confessing that the “words I long for you to say are right there on the tip of my tongue” but she suspects you don't feel the same. But she'll deal straight, switching to a love is a gamble metaphor, no matter how the cards are stacked (against her? Against you as she reaches for a piece of your heart? She doesn't say...) and lays out the chorus “Ain't I the right one?” four times straight. Second verse switches to the highway of love, fork in the road, driving through roadblocks to her affection, no sense in hiding, time for you to choose... and finally, third verse, Kellie takes you in her hands, looks you in the eye, feels you tremble and that you want it just as much...after that, there are no words but a low moaning harmonica to express what music expresses best, pausing only to repeat the chorus “Ain't I the Right One for you baby?” and to which the only answer can be yes yes yes...

There are ten more tunes on this CD, but you don't want to make me write a review of each one, do ya? Get your email on the list for the next printing (the cd is not in stock as I write this). You'll be glad you did


KELLIE RUCKER "Ain't hit buttom"
Ecxellent CD. Very class, a good feeling, lovely voice and a way of playing harmonica which is very interesting.
Thanks to CD BABY to propose a such artist and sorry for my english