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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

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. »»»
Simple Path
Irene Kelley, the veteran of two-still born major label record deals, is further proof that there+s no place in Nashville for pristine acoustic-driven country music. With a voice like a silvery ribbon, Kelley sings songs that muse about the jagged edges of real life disappointment and the saving sweetness of everyday anchors. It+s not a flashy thing Kelley does. Imagine a more knowing Alison Krauss, a witness to the way things can go so wrong, a survivor who+s figured how to make her way through »»»
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: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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