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Kelley signs with Mountain Fever

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 – Irene Kelley, who plays bluegrass, country and Americana, signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced today.

Kelley will begin work immediately on her debut album for the label with an expected release date of early spring 2016.

A native of Latrobe, Pa., Kelley independently releasing two records. Kelley also scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites and the Osborne Brothers.

"I am so proud to be signing to Mountain Fever Records for my next bluegrass release with Mark Hodges at the helm," she said. "Mark's passion, support, knowledge and down to earth approach is truly what the genre is all about."

Kelley will begin recording her debut album for Mountain Fever this winter with producer Mark Fain at the helm. A single will be released early 2016.

CD reviews for Irene Kelley

Benny's TV Repair CD review - Benny's TV Repair
There's a well-worn adage that goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." But in a "throwaway" age where even big screen TVs head for the landfills at the first sign of breakdown, it's hard to recall, if you're old enough to recall it at all, that it used to be you could take the old Philco down to a shop like the one Irene Kelley's dad ran in her hometown of Latrobe, Pa., get a few tubes swapped out and have it back in time for the Steelers game, good as new. »»»
These Hills CD review - These Hills
Irene Kelley has created a bluegrass record, which seems just right - well-conceived with outstanding songwriting and singing and powerful musicianship. From the trickle down banjo run which introduces "Carolina Wind" to the soulful mountain vibe which exemplifies the final cut, "Before You Call Me Home," Kelley makes a case for the currency and relevance of bluegrass music in 2016. Kelley's voice is true and the song-writing never falters. She has written songs for »»»
Pennsylvania Coal CD review - Pennsylvania Coal
The longstanding joke, usually told by Keystone State residents themselves, is that Pennsylvania is "Pittsburgh on one end, Philadelphia on the other, and Kentucky in between." It's usually intended as a political commentary, but in the case of Pennsylvania native Irene Kelley, there's a musical context as well as a family history. The century-old photograph on the back of her new release features a group of Pennsylvania coal miners, one of whom is her grandfather. »»»
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: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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