Kelley Swindall was born and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where she grew up listening to the music of Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and David Allen Coe on the way to church every Sunday morning, because that's what her daddy listened to. The rest of the week she listened to the Atlanta oldies station, fox97, because that's what her ride listened to. When she was old enough to drive herself, she added Ryan Adams, Tom Petty, Dylan, The Band, and Skynyrd to the mix.
Drawing from her southern background, her style is a unique blend of soulful dark & bluesy folk coupled with a witty, gritty, old school country sensibility, inspired by the outlaw tradition. Rooted in story songs and talking blues, her debut album "kelley swindall (pronounced ke le swin 'dl)" was released in July of 2014.
She splits her time between NYC and the road, where she performs regularly as both a solo artist and with The Kelley Swindall Band.
“Swindall is one of the most distinctive artists in Americana...she is Southern by birth and sings with a charming natural twang but also a persistent unease... she knows her blues on the guitar too. ”
“... an engaging performer with a knack for a catchy tune and a choice turn of phrase... Her songs have a southern warmth to them, whether bluesy or more country; she’s also a casually compelling singer who can let a phrase trail off mysteriously or add just the tinge of a smoky, bluesy rasp or wail..."