|Sunday 22 March 2015 @ 02:00pm : -
Kelley McRae grew up in Mississippi but called Brooklyn home for years before teaming up with guitarist Matt Castelein in 2011, when the duo traded in their NYC apartment for a VW camper van and hit the road full time. Thousands of miles and hundreds of shows later, they have toured coast to coast in the US, played to packed rooms across Europe, sold-out the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, and continue to build a passionate and dedicated following on the strength of their live performances.
Drawing comparisons to Lucinda Williams and Gillian Welch, the duo’s music is wide ranging - comprising haunting ballads, tender love songs, and energetic guitar driven songs full of hope. Paste Magazine’s 4 Star review raves “Kelley moves effortlessly from the mournful tones of the plantation to the celebratory swing of the saloon, from songs of loss and decay to hymns of love and grace.” Acclaimed film director Wim Wenders told the San Francisco Chronicle that Kelley’s songs move him to tears, and BBC Radio’s Bob Harris calls the songs ‘brilliant.’
Kelley’s music has been featured in numerous independent films, Lifetime’s Army Wives, MTV and commercials for American Airlines and Unicef. She has also taken the stage at major festivals such as the Riverbend Festival, Forecastle Music Festival, CMJ, and NXNE.
Her new release, Easy on My Mind, was written in a cabin in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina and recorded in Austin, TX.
Reviews for ‘Easy On My Mind’:
“The songs are real jewels, the voice takes the breath away and the sound is like a warm bath." ~ Jan Willem Bos, Delta Rhythm
“Marvelous, wonderful, splendid, magnificent…the music is so beautiful, the sound, the songs, the vocals, everything leads to emotion." ~ Mike Penard, Radio France
“This is six slices of musical honey." ~ Cam Dilley, WMNF Tampa
“If spending hours together riding asphalt is as comfortable as the sound of ‘Easy on My Mind,’ the latest release from Kelley McRae, then hitch a ride in the backseat….the trip will be a good one. The pair swing and sway to the country, rock’n’roll and mountain music gathers in their songs." ~ The Alternate Root