Guess Who I Bumped Into: Kelley Stoltz

That’s right! I only saw Kelley Stoltz playing live in March of this year in Bath, where I live (you can see a couple of photos from the gig here), and a few months later I’m on holiday in San Francisco, minding my own business, and desperately searching for some decent vinyl to buy when who should I see in Grooves record shop but, yes, Mr Kelley Stoltz!  Here’s the evidence, folks:


He very kindly posed for a photo for me, aw!  Grooves is a great little record store – no website as far as I can tell but why does that not surprise me? – jam packed with vinyl but unfortunately for me most of it is albums – I collect 7″s and EPs in the main and only buy vinyl albums if it’s something otherwise unavailable or special for other reasons, but anyway, why burden you with my troubles, eh?


Grooves record shop, 1797 Market Street (nr Octavia) – go in the afternoon; they don’t open on time. Or go to It’s Tops! Diner next door whilst you wait – it’s super!

They didn’t have anything for me on this occasion but I’d definitely go back if I ever get the chance to go back to San Francisco (let’s face it, it was the first time I’d ever left Europe so I doubt I’ll get back there anytime soon…).  It was lovely to bump into Kelley Stoltz again – he’s a really friendly chap and I’m only sorry that I didn’t get to see him supporting Echo & the Bunnymen at the Regency Ballroom.  Hopefully he’ll be back in the UK some time.  Nice to see you again, Mr Stoltz!

I got one amazing find whilst in San Francisco and it was from Amoeba, but I have to tell you I was massively disappointed with Amoeba really – even so, I got a lovely Seeds 7″ complete with full colour picture sleeve.  Talking of which, I still have to edit my “When I Met Sky Saxon” story but one of these days I will get around to that and share the experience on Hero Culte.  They say don’t meet your heroes, isn’t that right..?

Photos by me (Raechel Leigh Carter, Hero Culte), taken on my £29 Olympus Trip which I so adore.  If you’re gonna nick or borrow me photos, be decent and credit me – okay?

Kelley Stoltz at St James’ Wine Vaults in Bath

On 4 March 2014 the American musician Kelley Stoltz came to town to play his particular brand of offbeat music for the people of Bath as part of his Winter Exposure Tour.  We don’t get many interesting gigs in Bath so it was quite exciting to see Kelley Stoltz and his band in such a small local venue and it was thanks to Raves From The Grave that this came to pass.

Whilst a small venue might be good for “intimacy” reasons, there were problems associated with that, of course, as this particular venue resembles a very small, long dark tunnel with scant lighting – unless you’re at the front, you’re unlikely to get a good view or any good photographs.

I made do with just listening from the sidelines for the most part but for a brief period I made my way down the front (being small has its perks – people let you get down the front with no questions asked) and I took a few photographs with the Olympus Trip:

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I have a lot of faith in my reliable Olympus Trip but even I over-estimated it on this occasion – there were photos of other band members but as they were further back on the stage and the lighting was abysmal, even the Olympus Trip couldn’t convert the dim light into good images.  I just can’t bring myself to blind anyone with the overly-powerful flash though!

Anyway, it was an excellent gig and the first time in ages that I have seen a contemporary band that I have enjoyed so much. Given that it was such a successful evening, I am hoping that Raves From The Grave will organise some other exciting live music in Bath again soon.