I can’t believe that I haven’t come across the music of Texan native Kimberly Kelly before now, but one listen to her new single “Some Things Have A Name” had me hooked! Anyone who. like me, prefers their country on the traditional side of things surely can’t fail to be won over!
This rising star has already performed at legendary venues like The Grand Ole Opry and The Bluebird Cafe, and opened for Jason Alden, Tracy Lawrence, Josh Abbott, Aaron Watson and Cody Johnson.
I’ve been making up for lost time and immersing myself in her back catalogue this past week and this song is typical of Kimberly’s music. Her writing mixes the storytelling, heartbreak and humour which help define country music and she uses instrumentation and arrangements you have come to expect from the genre. And then there’s that voice, her Texan twang harking back to bygone days.
But that’s not to say her writing isn’t relevant today, she adds a modern day twist to much of her material . Just listen to her previous single “ Put Some Lipstick On It” which is a is a real 21st century “ galpower” anthem and was included on the prestigious CMT Next Women of Country spotify playlist.
A quick read of her bio on her website ( kimberlykellymusic.com) tells of her family’s love of music, with her grandfather’s band a fixture in the Texas country music scene and her parents introducing her to a wide range of artists. In fact she was inspired to write about her father’s musical taste, the result being the nostalgic “ Daddy’s 8-Track “ which you can hear Kimberly introducing and playing live here.
Having independently released two records, the new single is taken from Kimberly’s forthcoming EP “ Don’t Blame It On Me” which is out this coming Friday, August 31st.
To quote Kelly, “I try not to be influenced by trends, sure, I listen to all kinds of music. But at the end of the day, I know what’s in my heart, and I always come back to it: country music. I always have and I always will.”
I’m sure most of you reading this will feel exactly the same and I can’t wait to hear the EP in its entirety!
We will be interviewing Kimberly in the very near future and I’m looking forwards to finding out more as she is already on my list of favourite artists!
Article written by Lesley Hastings (twitter.com/lesleyhastings)