Twist and Shout

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trentonian Production Notes: L.A. Parker Show Episode 17

TRENTON -- "Janis meets Adele" is how Hamilton-raised rocker Kelly Carvin defines her style of picking and smoky-voice singing. I think there's plenty of Chrissy, too. As in Chrissy Hynde of The Pretenders. Kelly said she didn't know much about Chrissy, or The Pretenders, which is why we sat at my desk after today's episode and watched "Talk of the Town" -- my favorite Pretenders song. 

Kelly said she loved the set for the video. 

Indeed. Kelly and Chrissy share something. I can't quite put my finger on what "It" is, but "It" is there. She's good. Kelly opened the show with "Rebel On". It's based on her life. The 24-year-old was booted from high school and went to an alternative school, where "Mr. Steele" encouraged her to follow her musical dreams. 

"He said, 'Kelly, if you want to sing or be in a band, you have to play guitar.' " 

That was when she was 18, and here she is years later, having performed at joints like The Stone Pony, like that Bruce fella. Kelly has a new self-titled CD that she hopes you'll buy. She talks about it in the second video above. She performed two other songs today and also joined L.A.'s one-man house band, Pup Bolding, to perform "Can't You See" by the Marshall Tucker Band. Great stuff. 

Also on the show today were newly elected Trenton Democratic Committee chairperson Raissa Walker, Bernard McMullen of the Trenton Island Civic Association talking about the "Flooded with Flowers" event this weekend, Joanne Scofield of Isles YouthBuild displaying a cool piece of the "I Am Community" mural, and Art All Night organizers Joseph Kuzemka and Anthony Coluccio. 

Art All Night runs from 3 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Roebling Complex. More than 15,000 will flock to Art All Night. One of the 15,000 will be Kelly Carvin. 

Watch the episode to hear more of her songs. She's headed to Nashville on July 5 to record music.

Before then she'll host a Sunday morning live music show on Trentonian TV, starting this Sunday at 11 o'clock. Spread the word to all of the Janis-Adele lovers -- and to those who love Chrissy Hynde every bit as much.

Kelly Carvin before the show

Kelly and Pup tuning their toys
Playing for a full house in the green room
Joey, Tony and L.A. talking Art All Night
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Joanne Scofield talking about "I Am Community" mural
A rocker and her boots
Kelly Carvin: Hamilton rocker
Pay attention, Joey!
A rocker and her boots 2.0
A political chairperson and her shoes
Raissa Walker, Trenton Dem Committee chairperson
"Janis meets Adele" with a little bit of Chrissy
Island Section chit-chat
Braids, chords, fingers and ink
A rocker ...
... and her audience
Pup Bolding
Her pick is now my pick. Thanks, kid.

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