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Josh Kelley releases three songs Tuesday

Monday, November 29, 2010 – Josh Kelley will release a three-song EP on Nov. 30 that includes his current single, Georgia Clay.

Other songs on the EP are A Real Good Try and Ain't Letting Go.

Kelley's album, "Georgia Clay," is set for a spring 2011 release. "I am super excited about these songs," Kelley said. "These are the perfect three songs for a three-song EP to give people a little taste of what's to come. "

"Everybody that knows me has said it's by far the best album I've ever made. Everything I've learned over the last seven years has led up to this point."

"'A Real Good Try is about letting my family and my friends and my wife know, "'Bear with me. I have a goal in mind here.' It's going to take a lot of work. It's about never giving up."

He co-wrote Georgia Clay and Ain't Letting Go with his brother Charles Kelley of Lady Antebellum. "Georgia Clay" was created when Josh was at Charles' house with his producer, Clint Lagerberg, and they began reminiscing about high school.

"I asked Charles whatever happened to that old truck Dad used to let us drive," Kelley said. "He said it was in a junkyard somewhere. I said, 'Man, if there's still some Georgia clay underneath it, if that Georgia clay could speak what would it say?' It would have seen our childhood and seen Charles and I experiencing our first everythings."

The Kelleys wrote Ain't Letting Go with Patrick Davis. "It's about this guy who isn't desperate, but he knows he has made a lot of mistakes," Kelley said. "He's having a hard time trying to let her go, so he wants to give her a hard time as well. The whole song is basically a phone conversation that he's having with her answering machine. He's going, 'I want you back. I ain't going to let you go.'"

He's unveiled several of the new songs while touring with Miranda Lambert and Eric Church. "They have been really nice about taking me under their wings and showing me a lot of the ropes about the business. I've also learned a lot from watching their songs."

"I also learned how to party. After every show we have been getting together and writing songs and drinking. We've got about 20 half-finished songs and 20 fully finished bottles of whiskey. One day, maybe we can flip that around."

Kelley sang Georgia Clay and Naleigh Moon during his Grand Ole Opry debut on the stage of the Ryman Auditorium on Nov. 12. "That was amazing," he said. "The Opry debut was the most nervous I've been in front of a crowd in a long time, and I've been playing for some really big crowds here with Miranda. I think it was the history that made me so nervous."

"I wanted to be at my best that day. I quickly shrugged off the nerves after the first few lines of Georgia Clay. From there on out, it felt unbelievable to be on that stage. It felt like a dream."

Pretty soon, he'll be able to perform on the Josh Kelley stage because the Evans Town Center Park in his hometown of Augusta, Ga., has just announced that they will be naming their new stage in his honor. "That is phenomenal to have that kind of hometown pride," he said. "It's a massive honor that I don't think I could have ever thought would happen. The fact that my hometown embraces what I am doing is humbling."

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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lambert smiles, dances the night away – Miranda Lambert didn't perform "Tin Man," one of her best, but also one of her saddest songs during this Wildcard tour stop. It's a song sung from the perspective of one who is sad that she has a heart that can be broken. That's not the current condition of Lambert's heart, though. She's apparently in a good... »»»
Concert Review: For Brooks and fans, a most unusual change of pace – To say that this was a change of pace for Garth Brooks - not to mention his fans - would be an understatement of the highest degree. Brooks all but begged during the show to be playing next door at Gillette Stadium where the New England Patriots play. But, alas, Brooks exuded joy and excitement at the chance to play before about 500 people at a club,... »»»
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