|Rory Kelly Featured In North New Jersey's The Aquarian|
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"A couple of weeks ago, I stopped in at the Brighton Bar in Long Branch, NJ to see my bros from The Dirty Stayouts perform their second set of the day, plus my bro, Steve “Zipperhead” Murafsky, was promoting the show, and he’s been trying to get me to come to one of his shows for quite some time, so I figured I’d surprise him. I’m glad that I did because the headlining act was truly amazing, and after watching them, I witnessed what rock ‘n’ roll was really missing: good music and lots of fun! The name of the band was Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat, and yes, they’re from North Carolina, but I saw them here in New Jersey and they rocked!
According to the band’s bio, Rory Kelly is a self-taught musician who picked up the guitar when he was a young boy growing up in the rural town of Marion, North Carolina. While his mom slung drinks behind the bar, Rory strummed his guitar alongside his father, drummer Mike Kelly, who is currently the drummer of Triple Threat, in a house band playing local music dives. Here’s the connection to the local Jersey music scene: Mike Kelly has quite the backstory in thrash metal as a member of the infamous Old Bridge Militia, who have risen on the scene once again. After years of honing his guitar and stage skills with the Crank County Daredevils, who saw some success in the U.S., Rory would eventually head down his own road in 2010. Rory would recruit his former musical partner and father Mike to form two-thirds of what would ultimately become the current version of the band. Together they recorded and produced what critics are calling “swamp rock” with their first CD, Better Than The Blues. When demand for Better Than The Blues outweighed the supply, Rory needed to take his show live, so he added seasoned bassist Billy Miller to the band and this power trio was complete.
The addition of Miller brought a new dynamic into the band. Southern rock/swamp rock was born. Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat live show was something else to experience. They were full of energy and full of stomp! The songs “Go To Man,” “Hittin’ The Bottom” and “Don’t Shake My Family Tree” really get your rump shaking. You need to check out Rory Kelly’s Triple Threat now and bring them back to Jersey soon. Visit them at facebook.com/rorykellystriplethreat."