Kelly Z and "the Lot"

Kelly's Lot - Kelly Z and Perry

Kelly's Lot was formed in 1995 by Kelly Zirbes, a folk singer and guitar player with a heart for the blues. She met Perry Robertson in 1996, who joined the band, started writing songs with Kelly Z and added the Southern Rock and Texas influences that have shaped their sound. With 12 CDs under their belt and lots of touring in the USA and Europe, the band is set to release their 13th CD in early 2019, an all original release of Roots Rock and Blues material. The band is ramping up their touring for the CD as a four piece which will include Perry and Kelly Z on guitars with a bass player and drummer. They have played as a duo since the beginning at coffee shops, theaters and house concerts and in the last 10 years have created an 8 piece Blues band that is well respected in the American Blues Scene.  Some of the larger festivals they have played are Waterfront Blues, Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival, Ventura County Blues Festival,  Lavaudieu Music Festival. Their songs have been heard in Movies and Television and covered by other artists. Kelly Z is currently working on songs for a couple film projects and grabbing inspiration from her fans with her ‘Facebook Word Challenge’ that has created some of the best songs the songwriter has written. Perry, also a sound engineer and producer, is helping to fine tune these songs and plan their next recording. 

Kelly's Lot

Kelly's Lot was formed in 1995 by Kelly, a folk singer with a heart for southern rock and blues. Kelly was always a late bloomer and music was no exception. "With age comes fearless confidence or maybe it was a little bit of 'life is too short'". "Test Drive" gave the band its first official release. Through the first 10 years they recorded 3 LIVE CDs , 'Live at The Troubadour'. 'Stop And Make A Difference' and 'Trio', headlined local festivals, toured regionally and embarked on 2 national tours. Many radio stations, have played their CDs including their 7 song EP 'Come To This' which was recorded to showcase the band's journey towards more blues. Playing for charity became a norm for the band starting in 1999 after Kelly realized that music and giving was a good match. It gave Kelly the inspiration to perform and write more. Kelly’s Lot has been featured on many media outlets for the music and charity work the band has embraced. Some of the appearances include ABC Perspectives, Channel 4 in Milwaukee, Rock City News, LA Times, Pasadena Weekly, Independent Songwriter Magazine, Mixdown Magazine, The Debra Duncan Show, Good Morning Texas, The Gordon Keith show and Fox TV Houston to name a few. In 2008 'The Light' was released which showcased most of the styles the band is known for. Their next release in 2009, Pastrami and Jam, included a list of covers the band enjoys playing. It was never meant to be a CD, just a casual band get together to help a friend. But the magic spoke for itself and a CD was made. Recently they have opened for Tommy Castro, Shemekia Copeland, Marcia Ball, John Mayall, Curtis Salgado and have hosted blues events for charities and for fellow blues musicians. With the support of European fans, the band toured across Belgium, France, Germany, England, Scotland, and The Netherlands. In 2011 they released a live CD from Brussels, BE. 'Live in Brussels' which was released both in Belgium and The USA. 'Plain Simple Me' came next and brings the listener back to the roots of this band, when Kelly was playing solo shows as a singer/songwriter.  Kelly and Perry performed as a duo in The UK in late 2013. Perry and Kelly joined French artist Jeff Toto Blues to create a blues trio for 2 successful tours in 2013 and 2014 and recorded their latest Blues and Roots CD, 'Don't Give My Blues Away' with a full horn section and a couple special guests. In 2017 they released a CD of songs in the singer/songwriter genre called 'Bittersweet'. Those tunes range from acapella to a full band recipe. Kelly is currently writing more songs for 'The Lot' with Perry while releasing a solo project she did with Chuck Kavooras at Slideaway Studios. It's a collection of 60's Soul, Rhythm and Blues called 'Rescue'. In September 2017, Kelly's Lot returned to France to play at 'Nuits De Sologne' in front of 18,000 people for one of the largest fireworks displays in Europe. Today the full "LOT' backing Kelly Z is Perry Robertson and Rob Zucca on Guitars, Matt McFadden on Bass, Art Mendoza or Michael Mason on Drums, Bill Johnston and Aviva Maloney on Sax, Dave Welch on Trumpet, Bobby Orgel on Keys and Frank Hinojosa on Harp. 


Waterfront Blues Festival - Portland, OR

Simi Valley Cajun and Blues Festival - Simi Valley, CA

Oxnard Jazz Festival  - Oxnard, CA

St. Francis DeSales Music Festival

Lavaudieu Music Festival - Lavaudieu, FR

Maritime Chowder Festival - Oxnard, CA

Kern River Rock'n Blues Festival

Carson City Blues and Rock Festival


France, Begium, Germany, Spain, Scotland, England

Kelly Z

Growing up listening to her mother sing was the inspiration Kelly found to become a songwriter. Her first memory of music was her mother's voice as she sang along with records late at night. A single mother of five living with hardship and pain, music was her mother's salvation. In her teens Kelly dealt with what she felt and saw in others by writing songs about it. She wrote songs of disappointment, pain, loss, loneliness and so much more but always of survival which was something her mom taught her to do no matter what. In 1995, performing her original songs on stage with a band sparked a passion and soon thereafter created a strong songwriting team of Kelly Z and her guitar player, Perry Robertson. Writing alone or with Perry, Kelly uses music to help ease the sorrows of the life she sees around her, to stay strong and to find a way to understand a life that sometimes makes no sense. Kelly’s songs always make her listeners smile as they find a way to understand their own struggles through her lyrics and music.