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Kelley Swindall & Karen Fleisch

May 30, 2020

By Bella Carles

Photo By: Larry Niehues

With a rafter reaching voice and crazily charismatic stage presence, Kelley Swindall has toured the country solo with her fiercely unique sound, for over a decade. Equally, at home in a biker bar or under a proscenium arch, she seamlessly blends outlaw country with blues, roots, and folk.

Photo By: Larry Niehues

The oldest of 7 children, Swindall was born in Atlanta, Georgia to a Conservative US Congressman at the height of Reagan’s America under the rise of the religious right. She spent her early years traveling from Georgia to DC until her father’s political career was undone by scandal, and he began serving a prison sentence when she was eight. Watching her father wrongfully convicted and his futile battle with the American justice system, she grew up with a natural mistrust for authority eventually leading to a rebellion against her fundamentalist surroundings, hypocritical men of the church, and the docile expectations of femininity with which she was expected to adhere.

Photo By: David Doobinen

A born storyteller with a sensibility that’s both hilarious and heart-on-sleeve sincere, Swindall’s songs posit strong personalities against a world of misogyny, heartbreak, and hilarious absurdity; celebrating resilient spirits with all their flaws and prowess. So it’s no coincidence that when she puts on a Karen Fleisch piece her presence exudes confidence. The custom design stays true to Kelley’s vivacious persona without minimizing Karen’s signature flair. 

Photo By: David Doobinen


Part Dolly, part Hank, and all heart, her idiosyncratic debut album You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want will be released this summer on Velvet Elk Records.

Yesterday she premiered the video for the title track ” You Can Call Me Darlin’ If You Want ” Recorded at Atomic Sound in Redhook, Brooklyn.

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Karen Fleisch has been designing and styling her world since she was a little girl. Notoriety was gained in the late ’80s through 2007 as co-designer/partner of AccompliceNYC/Arkivestry, a line of dark, romantic, rock n roll clothing that went on to change the look of alternative fashion from that time forward. They became known for dressing well known and cutting edge musicians, performers, and amazing people of the night.

Photo By: David Doobinen

Under the Arkivestry license and her own label Karen Fleisch Designs, she created pattern designs for the iconic Simplicity Patterns. The patterns also include embroidery, felted embroidery, and beading projects Karen created to embellish her designs.

Photo By: David Doobinen

Through the years, Karen has designed and styled for various production companies to create independent films, photography, live music performances. webisodes, videos and theater, and continues to enjoy collaborating with other creatives. As well as designing wardrobe for these projects, Karen also keeps herself inspired by acting in many of the above projects, playing tambourine, shakers & vocals in the NYC based band Gusher and doing other guest performances.

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