Kelly Back

Guitarist, Kelly Back is one of the leading talents in Nashville, Tennessee. He has provided rhythm, rich harmonies, creative lead lines and solos with many world-renowned artists. These live credits include, Paul Simon at Carnegie Hall, Ray Stevens, Lynn Anderson, Andrae Crouch, CeCe Winans, Sandi Patty, Natalie Grant, Ricardo Sanchez, and a host of other hit artists. Although he has played on thousands of projects, his ability to create new riffs, runs, feels and guitar hook-lines for each song has made him the “go to” player in the industry for the over 30 years.

Back has recorded projects for Trace Adkins, The Oakridge Boys, Aaron Tippin, Russ Taff, T. Graham Brown, Gene Watson, John Conley, Wayne Newton, The Happy Goodmans, Randy Travis, Jason Crabb, Michael English, Andrew Gold and The Gaither Homecoming Series, just to name a few.

Last year alone, his artistry contributed to three projects, which garnered Grammy nominations. He was nominated as The Best Country Christian Musician by CCMA. He has a great ability to significantly contribute to songs, no matter what the genre. 

Back has a love for music, which started when his mother bought him a children’s guitar when he was just 2 years old. Wanting to join the church band, he volunteered to play the drums at 5 years old. His music career began to develop at age 9, when he became the bass player for a country gospel band covering Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. His musical journey took him on the road, full-time at 17 years old where he played lead guitar for a family band and then moved to Nashville in 1984 to play for a popular Christian band, The Hinsons (song: The Lighthouse). 

After four years of road-life, Kelly Back began pursuing session work, playing for various studios in Nashville, TN. His professionalism, character, and talent established him as one of the leading session players. In the last 30 years, Back has been recorded on over, a jaw-dropping, 25,000 songs and he shows no sign of slowing down. His music has taken him all over the United States, Australia, Canada, and Thailand.

 Back continues to share his music, keeping a busy schedule in the many Nashville area studios.  Kelly Back can be seen on RFD-TV’s, The Music City Show, leading The Blue Jean Band, viewed weekly in over 100 million homes. You can also watch Kelly on The Huckabee Show every Saturday and Sunday night on TBN. (Potentially over 1 billion viewers.)

The Ohio native now makes his home in Hendersonville, Tennessee with his wife, Sarah DeLane Back.  He is the proud father of five grown children and 10 grandchildren.

I thank the Lord as He affords me the opportunity to do what I love doing for a living.

– Kelly Back –

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