KAREN LOVELY shot onto the blues scene out of the Pacific Northwest like Stack O' Lee's .44, placing 2nd at the 2010 International Blues Challenge, followed by 2011 Blues Music Award Nominations for BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES FEMALE ARTIST, BEST CONTEMPORARY BLUES ALBUM and BEST SONG for her sophomore release STILL THE RAIN.

Known for her passionate, driven performances, this powerhouse vocalist delivers a blistering mix of contemporary and old school blues. Lovely's standout performances have garnered awards and critical acclaim at festivals and venues throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

She has established herself as a singer/songwriter with a style uniquely her own, receiving nominations for 2018 and 2016 Blues Music Awards, as well as, 2016 Blues Blast Awards. Her albums have topped the national blues and roots charts and made the Top 10 favorite artist list for dozens of nationally syndicated radio stations. She is a two time “#1 Pick to Click” artist on XM Radio Bluesville.

Lovely's newest release, FISH OUTTA WATER has made dozens of 2017 Top Album lists, debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 100 Blues Album chart, #1 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Singles chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Contemporary Blues Album chart, #4 on the RMR Top 50 Blues Album chart and #4 on the Living Blues Top 50 chart.

Downbeat calls FISH OUTTA WATER "fantastic" and the album is a 2017 Editor’s Pick. Her previous album TEN MILES OF BAD ROAD was hailed by Downbeat as one of the Best Albums of 2016.

Reykjavik Blues Festival, March 2016


  • 2018 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist"
  • 2017 Muddy Award Winner "Best National Recording - Fish Outta Water"
  • 2016 Muddy Award Winner "Performance of the Year"
  • 2016 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist"
  • 2016 Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Vocalist"
  • 2015 Blues411 Winner "Best Contemporary Female Artist"
  • 2014 Muddy Award Winner "Best Female Vocalist"
  • 2011 Blues Music Award Nominee "Best Contemporary Blues Female Artist", "Best Contemporary Blues Album", "Best Song"
  • 2011 Blues Blast Nominee "Best Female Artist"
  • 2010 WINNER, 2nd Place Band, International Blues Challenge
Blues Blast cover | Downbeat Best of 2016 | Smithsonian Magazine


  • "fantastic" - DOWNBEAT Magazine
  • "Karen Lovely is an outstanding singer and Fish Outta Water is one of the best albums of 2017." - Frank-John Hadley, DownBeat columnist
  • "Lovely is a first class vocalist." - Art Tipaldi, BLUES REVUE
  • "Lovely’s performance was one of the most unexpected pleasures of recent memory...[her] style begins from sources within such classic blues singers as Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith. And, like Janis Joplin before her, she has translated those influences into an utterly gripping contemporary style of her own." - Don Heckman, INTERNATIONAL REVIEW OF MUSIC, (music critic LA Times, NY Times, Village Voice, DownBeat)
  • "magnificent" - BluesWax Magazine
  • "outstanding vocalist" - Blues Matters (UK)
  • "truly exceptional" - Blues Blast
  • "magnificent voice" - La Hora del Blues (SPAIN)
Fish Outta Water

REVIEWS: Fish Outta Water

  • "a truly exceptional album of thoughtful and moving songs" - Blues Blast
  • "fantastic...magnificent" - Downbeat Magazine
  • "powerful, passionate and eclectic...blues at its finest" - Reflections in Blue
  • "Establishing her soul/blues cred right away, vocalist Karen Lovely takes the occasional off-ramp into other regions just as accommodating to her confident, strong but never overplayed approach. Suitably nasty and lyrically potent r&b tracks such as “Everything Means Nothing” and the title track mesh well with the country-noir mood of “Big Black Cadillac” and the moody acoustic ballad “Hades’ Bride (There Was A Time)”. Fresh instrumental touches here and there highlight the first-rate production." - Roots Music Report
  • "If you follow the remarkable releases of blues and related music in recent years, one thing becomes clear: apart from a retro movement and the still booming Bluesrock, the most exciting music is actually on the border between Blues, Soul, Roots and Americana , Karen Lovely deliberately emphasizes that she does not regard herself as a traditional artist in this scene. Blues and Country meet with each other, Rootsrock and Soul." - Wasser-Prawda/Germany
  • "I've never given a review like this. This CD is just incredible...the best I've heard all year." - Smoky Mountain Blues Society
  • "This highly recommended album is one of the year’s best." - Making A Scene

TOP 25 Blues Charts

  • Downbeat Magazine Editor's Pick
  • #1 - Top 50 Contemporary Blues Singles (Roots Music Report)
  • #1 - Top 50 Albums State (Roots Music Report)
  • #4 - Top 50 Contemporary Blues Albums (Roots Music Report)
  • #4 - Top 50 Blues Albums (Living Blues Chart)
  • #4 - Top 50 Blues Albums (Roots Music Report)
  • #13 - Billboard Top 100 Blues Albums
GrooveNow, Basel SWI, April 2017


Karen Lovely recorded live at the John Anson Ford Theater, Los Angeles 2017

Karen Lovely recorded live at the John Anson Ford Theater, Los Angeles 2017

Karen Lovely recorded live at Jazzwoche, Burghausen, Germany 2013. The video has aired continuously since then on German National television.

Olsztyn Blues Festival, Poland 2016


Karen Lovely is available for booking as an acoustic duo with International Blues Challenge Winner St Blues Award "Best Guitar" Ben Rice, as a 4-5 piece band featuring Ben Rice and songwriting partner Mark Bowden, or with 12 piece "Prohibition" orchestra. Karen is also available for songwriting and educational workshops.


BOOKING: P: +1 541.701.9313 | E: booking[at]karenlovely.com

PRESS: Betsie Brown | Blind Racoon | PO Box 40045 | Memphis, TN 38174 | P: +1 901.268.6065 | E: info[at]blindraccoon.com


Stage Plot for 5 piece band w/ 2 guitars, bass, & drums


Karen Lovely Band Tech Rider 2018 (5 piece band)


photos courtesy Asta Magnusdottir and Roland Kampfer

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