Grammy-nominated Kim Richey to perform at Cooldog
By Jia Din
Grammy-nominated musician Kim Richey is set to play at the Cooldog Concert Series Sunday, July 30.
The Cooldog Concert Series, a house concert series, is held roughly once a month throughout the year.
Beth Fizell, who holds the concerts as a hobby at her home, said has been a fan of Richey’s for more than 10 years and saw that she was touring through Philadelphia and Annapolis, Md., and contacted her booking agent to see if she would play the house concert.
“She agreed and I was so excited,” Fizell said. “I’m in love with her music because it’s inspirational and crosses a lot of boundaries between country, folk and pop.”
Fizell said when she and her husband, Paul Gumerman, first started doing house concerts about three years ago, Richey was on the list for people to potentially get a hold of.
Richey has written songs for other artists such as “Believe Me Baby, “I Lied” for Trisha Yearwood and “Nobody Wins” for Radney Foster. Brooks and Dunn recording of her “Every River” song made it to No. 12 on the country music charts in 2002.
Time Magazine named Richey’s album “Glimmer” one of the 10 best albums of 1999. In 2001, Richey was signed to Lost Highway Records, made with producer Brian Bottress, who also has produced Sheryl Crow.
Fizell said Richey’s music appeals to a lot of people, but especially women, because of the subject matter of some of her songs.
“Her songwriting is very empowering, without being preachy or militant,” she said. “It’s very strong and interesting.”
Opening for Richey will be Australian singer/songwriter Iain Campbell Smith.
Smith was sent by the Australian Foreign Ministry as a diplomat to islands in the South Pacific, such as Papua New Guinea, and learned the pidgin dialect spoken there, which is similar to English. While he was there, Smith wrote songs in pidgin about the people and their struggles.
“Some of them are funny but some of them are very grave and talk about the toll that’s been taken on the people in the war zones, especially on women,” Fizell said.
Smith now lives in Washington, D.C.
“He’s just a really great guy who has an interesting story behind him,” Fizell said.
The concert will be held outdoors. All who attend are asked to bring a covered dish, such as a snack or dessert, to share. Because the concert is held at the home of Fizell and Gumerman, anyone interesting in attending is invited to call and introduce him or herself. After the introduction and RSVP, the address to the concert will be given.
A donation box will be set up at the concert and 100% of the donations go to the artists.