Kelly Zullo talks about her incredible career after a show at legendary TAFFYs of Eaton, and offers an insight into the miracle of composing . . . .
Kelly Zullo is a one-woman-band !
Playing nearly 1000 shows, and living in NYC, Europe, Cleveland, Chicago & Nashville, this troubadour songwriter has been drawing on experiences from many locals and molds the gypsy-esque mantra with philosophical bite over a riotous acoustic guitar. Kelly Zullo also was awarded the International Acoustic Music Award for “Best Female Performer” in 2011. She employs a unique finger-picking style that “wows listeners with her Outstanding guitar accompaniment”.
Walking a high wire in the cliche one-man-band category, Zullo breathes fresh air into the concept by using it as a vehicle to support her highly unique and energetic acoustic guitar playing, reminiscent of Michael Hedges or Rodrigo Y Gabriela. Pairing it with her deep philosophically driven songwriting, she plays live drums which she loops, then covers the part of bass by using midi foot pedals while playing complex lead lines over vocals.
In her hometown of Columbus, OH, she was voted 614 Magazine’s “Best Solo Musician” and most recently won the yearlong singer-songwriter contest for the Columbus Songwriter Association. Guitar World Magazine describes her as “An energetic acoustic guitar assault by this skilled, funky speed demon”. Kelly also appeared in the show “Woodchopper’s Ball” at Kent Stage which features 9 of the top acoustic guitarists from around the country.