Kerri Powers
Canton - Connecticut - United States




Singer-songwriter Kerri Powers channels blues and soul with an eye-to-eye, earthy sensibility that makes for honest listening and reflection. She’s your sage girlfriend speaking from the heart and does so with a new collection of songs written from a place of grief and longing - something that speaks to us all.

With Love is Why, Powers’ first full-length album since 2018 to be released on October 27th, the New England-based artist explores the universal emotion that is love and its huge influence on the decisions we all make in life. In particular, she examines love in the context of holding on or letting go through human loss and grieving. The album’s original songs were written during the pandemic and after Powers lost her father, whom she calls “my best friend.”

“I wrote the songs from a place of loss and grieving and went from there,” she says. “Writing the songs was hard but a necessary part of healing. At the end of the day, all the songs were written from a place of love for humanity and the need to spread the message that love is essential.”

Love is Why was recorded in February 2021 at Dagotown Recorders in Boston. Produced by drummer Marco Giovino (Robert Plant, Tom Jones, Norah Jones) and engineered by Sam Margolis. The album includes musical luminaries Bo Ramsey, slide guitar; Luther Dickinson, slide guitar; Kelvin Holly, electric guitar; Doug Lancio, electric guitar; John Putnam, electric guitar; Regina and Anne McCrary, background vocals; Brother Paul Brown, Hammond/keyboard, Marty Ballou, bass; Charles Giordano, accordion; Asa Brosius, pedal steel; and singer-songwriter Paul Thorn on duet vocals during a transcendent cover of Gregg Allman’s “Please Call Home.”

Let’s talk about a few standout originals from Love is Why. “Rummage Through My Love” is a saloon-sizzling blues burner with a call-and-response vibe that immediately hooks the listener. “When it Rains” is a Hammond-fueled mid-tempo number that recalls Bonnie Raitt in her best blues-Americana form. And then there’s the title cut, an infectious homage to the beauty of the L-word with a bluesy-soul groove and compelling vocals from Powers.

Such ease behind the microphone and the songwriting pen could certainly be traced to Powers’ formative years and her family heritage. Powers was immersed in painting, writing, and music from an early age. She composed her first song at 9. Child prodigy? Perhaps, but there is no denying that artistic talent came mixed in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while on her mother’s side, there is a kinship to Herman Melville. Her paternal grandmother even maintained a position playing piano as an accompaniment for silent movies, as was customary in those days.

By the time she reached her teens, Powers was performing in local coffeehouses throughout New England. Love, marriage, and motherhood put a hold on her musically creative dreams. But after raising her son and putting a difficult divorce behind her, Powers returned to her musical passion.

“I wasn’t sure I would ever get back to performing,” she says. “But I did continue to write. Writing the songs was what ultimately gave me the incentive to keep going. Music and art have always been a healing force in my life.”

Powers jumped in, fully committed. In 2014, she released a self-titled EP that, even with zero radio or publicity assistance, earned the #1 spot on Roots Music Report’s list of “Top 50 Folk Albums of 2014.” Powers gave us Starseeds four years later, which earned her critical praise and expanded her following.

Both releases opened doors for Powers. She has appeared at numerous prestigious venues and musical gatherings, including The Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. She has toured throughout the United States as well as overseas, making appearances in The Netherlands, Belgium, and the U.K. Her song “Diamond Day” was featured in the motion picture Chuck, and other tracks have made their way into the television series Rescue Me and Justified.

When you catch Kerri Powers on stage, you will immediately feel the realness and rawness of her artistry. She delivers art at its purest, a musical canvas painted with all the soulful colors and emotion that will pull you into her talent and message of love.


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Love is Why

Label: Wildflower Children

Genres: Folk, Blues, Rock, Country

Styles: Contemporary Folk, Blues Rock, Acoustic Blues, Roots Rock, Americana Country, Blues, Alternative Folk, Folk

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Rosie Blue - details Contemporary Folk Folk
2 Love is Why - details Blues Rock Blues
3 Morning Glory, Midnight Blue - details Acoustic Blues Blues
4 When It Rains - details Roots Rock Rock
5 Wine and Spirits - details Americana Country Country
6 Rummage Through My Love - details Blues Blues
7 Please Call Home (feat. Paul Thorn) Blues Rock Blues
8 Presence of the Faithful - details Alternative Folk Folk
9 Rusted Bell - details Acoustic Blues Blues
10 Someone Else's Prayer - details Alternative Folk Folk
11 Are We Free Acoustic Blues Blues

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Label: Self-Release

Genres: Rock, Folk, Blues

Styles: Roots Rock, Contemporary Folk, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
Grace and Harmony Roots Rock Rock
1 Peeping Tom Roots Rock Rock
2 Somewhere on the Vine Roots Rock Rock
3 Bicycle Man Roots Rock Rock
4 Polly Roots Rock Rock
5 Mine the River Roots Rock Rock
6 Free Bird Flying Roots Rock Rock
7 Moon 'n Stars Roots Rock Rock
8 Rocking Boat Roots Rock Rock
9 Grace and Harmony Roots Rock Rock
10 Can't Find My Way Home Roots Rock Rock

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Kerri Powers

Label: Self Release

Genres: Folk

Styles: Contemporary Folk, Folk

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Tallulah Send a Car for Me Contemporary Folk Folk
2 Jesse Folk Folk
3 Old Shirt Folk Folk
4 Come Around Folk Folk
5 Train in the Night Folk Folk
6 Buttercup Folk Folk
7 Ive Got Your Back Contemporary Folk Folk
8 Ghost Folk Folk
9 A Little Light Folk Folk
10 To Love Somebody Folk Folk
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Posted By: Duane Verh
May 13, 2018