Kim Richey
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Kim Richey
Kim Richey
Background information
Born (1956-12-01) 1 December 1956 (age 61)
Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Country, folk
Singer, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Labels Mercury Nashville, Lost Highway, Vanguard, Lojinx

Kimberly "Kim" Richey is an American singer and songwriter.


Richey came onto the music scene in the 1990s and entered her first recording contract at the age of 37.[1][2]


Her songs have been recorded by Trisha Yearwood ("Believe Me Baby (I Lied)"), Radney Foster ("Nobody Wins"), and Brooks & Dunn ("Every River").[1][3]


Her 1995 self-titled debut album was produced by Richard Bennett. It contained the singles "Just My Luck" and "Those Words We Said."[4]

Her follow-up album, Bitter Sweet was produced by Angelo and released in 1996.[5]

Glimmer was released in 1999. Produced by Hugh Padgham (XTC), the album also features guitarist Dominic Miller (Sting).[3][6]

Rise was released in 2002 and wss produced by Bill Bottrell.[7][8]

Her 2007 album Chinese Boxes was recorded in London and produced by Giles Martin.[2][9]

Wreck Your Wheels was released in 2010. It was produced by Neilson Hubbard in his studio.[10]

Released in 2013, Thorn In My Heart was again produced by Neilson Hubbard and features guest vocals from Trisha Yearwood.[11] A limited edition version of the album was released in 2014 as Thorn in My Heart: The Work Tapes with only Richey on guitar and vocals.[12]



Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Folk
Kim Richey 72 -- --
Bitter Sweet
  • Release date: March 4, 1997
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
53 -- --
  • Release date: August 3, 1999
  • Label: Mercury Nashville
-- -- --
Rise -- -- --
The Collection
  • Release date: May 18, 2004
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
-- -- --
Chinese Boxes -- -- --
Wreck Your Wheels
  • Release date: September 14, 2010
  • Label: Thirty Tigers US, Lojinx (Europe)
-- -- --
Thorn in My Heart 55 26 20
Edgeland -- -- --
"--" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Country CAN Country CAN AC
1995 "Just My Luck" 47 36 -- Kim Richey
"Those Words We Said" 59 50 --
1996 "From Where I Stand" 66 -- --
1997 "I Know" 72 71 -- Bitter Sweet
1999 "Come Around" -- -- 64 Glimmer
2000 "The Way It Never Was" -- -- --
2002 "The Circus Song (Can't Let Go)" -- -- -- Rise
2007 "Jack and Jill" -- -- -- Chinese Boxes
2013 "Come On" -- -- -- Thorn in My Heart


  • 2007: Little Record (Vanguard) - promo EP containing non-album acoustic versions of "Chinese Boxes," "Drift," "Straight As The Crow Flies," "Mexico," and "A Place Called Home"

Music videos

Year Video Director
1995 "Just My Luck" Dani Jacobs
"Those Words We Said" Pamela Springsteen
1997 "I Know" Luke Scott
2000 "The Way It Never Was" Jude Weng
2007 "Jack and Jill" Stephanie B. Keane

Contributed vocals to

Songwriting collaborations

Year Artist Song Album Collaborator
1992 Radney Foster "Nobody Wins" Del Rio, TX 1959 Radney Foster
1993 Dixie Chicks "Desire" Shouldn't a Told You That Steve Kolander
1994 Steve Kolander "Can't Undo What's Been Done" Steve Kolander
1995 George Ducas "In No Time at All" George Ducas George Ducas
Radney Foster "If It Were Me" Labor of Love Radney Foster
Trisha Yearwood "Those Words We Said" Thinkin' About You Angelo
"Believe Me Baby (I Lied)" Everybody Knows Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1997 Patty Loveless "That's Exactly What I Mean" Long Stretch of Lonesome Tia Sillers
Mindy McCready "You'll Never Know" If I Don't Stay the Night Angelo
1998 Suzy Bogguss "From Where I Stand" Nobody Love, Nobody Gets Hurt Tia Sillers
Terri Clark "I'm Alright" How I Feel Angelo & Larry Gottlieb
1999 Jim Lauderdale "It's Just Like You" Onward Through It All Jim Lauderdale
Mindy McCready "Lucky Me" I'm Not So Tough Tommy Lee James & Jennifer Kimball
Lorrie Morgan "Here I Go Again" My Heart (sole writer)
2000 Terri Clark "Last Thing I Wanted" Fearless Mary Chapin Carpenter
Trisha Yearwood "Where Are You Now" Real Live Woman
2001 Brooks & Dunn "Every River" Steers & Stripes Angelo & Tom Littlefield
Cyndi Thomson "I'm Gone" My World Chuck Prophet
2007 The Greencards "I Don't Want to Lose You" Viridian Mike Henderson
"Travel On"


  1. ^ a b Staff writer (April 17, 2013). "Kim Richey On Mountain Stage". NPR. Retrieved 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Staff writer (Nov 22, 2007). "At Home in Nashville with Kim Richey". NPR. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Dye, David (Jul 17, 2007). "Kim Richey: Sweetly Alluring, Folk-Friendly Country". NPR. Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ archive (31 August 1995). "Kim Richey - Self-Titled". No Depression. Retrieved 2017. 
  5. ^ Remz, Jeffery (1 May 1997). "Kim Richey hopes life is more sweet than bitter". Country Standard Time. Retrieved 2017. 
  6. ^ Harrington, Richard (28 July 1999). "Kim Richey: 'Glimmer' Of Hope". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017. 
  7. ^ Naylor, Brian (Oct 13, 2002). "Kim Richey". NPR. Retrieved 2017. 
  8. ^ Himes, Geoffrey (8 November 2002). "Kim Richey: Rise: Lost Highway". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017. 
  9. ^ archive (31 May 2007). "Kim Richey - Chinese Boxes". No Depression. Retrieved 2017. 
  10. ^ Betts, Stephen (15 September 2015). "Kim Richey Crafts a Beautiful 'Wreck'". The Boot. Retrieved 2017. 
  11. ^ Horowitz, Steve (25 April 2013). "Kim Richey: Thorn in My Heart". PopMatters. Retrieved 2017. 
  12. ^ uncredited. "Kim Richey's Thorn In My Heart: The Work Tapes". Yep Rock Records. Retrieved 2017. 

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