This year I'm letting people know what I'm doing here in Nashville. I'm writing songs for/with Artists who need great songs to record for their new projects. Songs that can make them STAND OUT and BE HEARD and GET A RECORD DEAL or a #1 HIT SONG on the RADIO! So, if you know anyone who needs a great song to show off their talent, then go to my LISTEN TO MUSIC tab and listen to my songs. That's why they are there.
My New Year's Resolution is to get into some festivals. Said and done. I just got asked to be in the "Edgehill Rocks" festival, April 1st, on Music Row in Nashville! Check the SHOWS tab for dates and times. In late summer, I'll be playing again at Melodica Festival in Reykjavik, Iceland. More festivals are still in the workings :>
I'm super excited to be going to the ASCAP EXPO - We Create Music in L.A. this April, too! I love Pop music and want to write some real deal Pop songs this year.
That's my life so far. Stay tuned for more fun to come!
I'm stoked for September! Some of my favorite peeps are coming to visit me. Of course I'll drag them around to all of my favorite haunts here in Nashville like Bobby's Idle Hour, the Commodore Grille, the Maxwell House Hotel, the 5 Spot, the Basement East, Whiskey Rhythm, Back Alley Diner and Kimbros Pickin' Parlor in Franklin, Tn. These are places I frequent because they all have great open mics and show cases for songwriters like me. Also, the folks there are really cool. I love how easy it is to meet people and make friends. I've been writing some interesting songs with Jeremy Staubus, Kelcy Hyde, Sarah J. Michaels, Jessica Nixon, Billy Dawson and Will Duvall this past summer.
Here's some news; I have a new 5 song EP coming out next week called, "On Beach Time." This EP will be my business card and you can only get it at my shows. I'll put it up on Soundcloud so you can hear it there. I may release one of them as a single on iTunes, but I'm still debating with myself about that.
That's it for now. Talk soon ;> Lori Kelley
June is busting out all over and so am I! All over Nashville that is. I'm breaking up with Netflix and venturing out into the World. Starting with Bobby's Idle Hour, the only Songwriter bar on Music Row.
Then there's Two Old Hippies, an awesome store in the Gulch with a stage and seating, free and all ages! AND THEN, I'll be at the world famous 12th and Porter for a night of music with some fellow East Nash-villans, hosted by Anthony Billups. Check my "Shows" icon for dates and times.
I've had some good news, too. Sarah J. Michaels is cutting our song, "The Good News." Jessica Nixon is cutting our song, "I'll Back Out," and my talented friend, Jeremy Staubus just cut our song, "Hit The Ground Lovin'!" I'm also writing with a fabulous girl named Kelcy Hyde who's auditioning for "The Voice" next week in Atlanta. Good luck, Kelcy!
Lastly, I've been going to some great Open Mic's on Tuesdays all across town. Kimbro's in Franklin, TN, sign up by 6 PM, the Blue Bar with Barbara Cloyd, sign up before 9 PM and Douglas Corner with Donnie Winters hosting, call on Tuesday between 1-6 pm, 615-292-2530.
It is possible to do all three in one night :>
Mon.- Thurs., Debi Champion has an Open Mic after her rounds at the Commodore Grille, sign up by 7PM. And here's a great secret, show up at Bobby's any time with your guitar. They usually have a guitar pull going on at all times. So, there's no good reason to stay in. See you in Nashville!
Happy Spring, Everyone! I can't believe it's been almost a year since I got my first cut by the ever-so-lovely Natalie Rose. She recorded my song "Promise Me Beautiful." Then, this amazing young man named Jeremy Staubus walked into my life at the Listening Room Cafe in Nashville. We have written 15 songs together and he has recorded 4 of them; "I Don't," "Light it Up," Charlotte," and "The Skirt." Two years ago, I met and made friends with the adorably talented David Oakleaf. We wrote a song together called "Cue the Rain" which is the title cut of his new CD! So, I'm pretty stoked and curious to see what magical stuff will unfold for me this year! Coming soon: A new Lori Kelley CD, some gigs at Two Old Hippies, The Blue Bar and Bobby's Idle Hour, Nashville, TN!
Happy New Year and what a great start it is! My new CD, "More" has arrived at my house! It is not for sale on iTunes. You've got to hit me up for one. They are $10 which includes shipping. Simply go to my "Contact" tab and fill out your info. Be sure to put your request and house address in the comments section. It is secure. I'll mail you the CD and you can either send a check after you get it or go through Paypal. The CD has 13 full band, original songs that I wrote and co-wrote with some wonderful songwriters over the past ten years. If you've been to any of my shows, you will have heard one or more of these songs before.
Here's what's on it:
LORI KELLEY - MORE1.) THE SKIRT (3:22) - Jeremy Staubus/Lori Kelley
2.) MY DOG THINKS I AM (3:24) - Lori Kelley
3.) MORE feat. Troy Johnson (3:21) - Lori Kelley/Cletus Kennelly
4.) PROMISE ME BEAUTIFUL (3:47) - Kelley/Kennelly
5.) A PLACE IM TRYING TO GET TO (4:18) - Jeffrey Steele, Lori Kelley, Alison Block
6.) LIKE THELMA AND LOUISE (3:05) - Lori Kelley
7.) IT WAS A GREAT DAY (3:47) - Lori Kelley
8.) NEW CAR SMELL (3:05) - Lori Kelley/Franklin Taggart
9.) LIKE I CARE (3:01) - Lori Kelley, Phil Barton, Chris Yarber
10.) AS FAR AS ANGELS GO (4:03) (In Memory of my amazing Dad, USMC ret. Col. Alfonso Oseguera) - Lori Kelley
11.) SHOW TRUE HEART ((3:26) - Lori Kelley
12.) MORE THAN ENOUGH (3:49) - Lori Kelley
13.) SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE feat. Doug Stokes (3:33) - Michelle Nielson and Lori Kelley
A tremendous thank you to all the talented people who worked on these songs!
The Incredible Musicians:
Peter Bonta, Spady Brannan, Mike Brignardello, Rick Brinsfield, Chris Condon, Jon Conley, Kristie Daniels, Marco Delmar, Howard Duck, Mike Durham, Wil Houchens, Lori Kelley, Cletus Kennelly, Don Kerce, Shane Kiester, Jeff King, David Kitchen, Kurt Kratch, Paul Garisto, Pat McGrath, James Mitchell, Scott Neubert, Michelle Nielson, Billy Panda, Lee Roy Parnell, Larry Paxton, Gary Prim, Brian Pruitt, Chris Salamone, Scott Sanders, Grady Saxman, Paul Scholten, Mike Severs, Steve Sheehan, Brian Simms, Gary Smith, Michael Spriggs, Dennis Wage and Barry Warsaw.
The Brilliant Magicians aka Producers and Engineers: Bert Bataglia, Chris Condon, Marco Del Mar, Jimmy Dulin, PT Houston, Cletus Kennelly, Rob Matson, Dustin Richardson, Chris Salamone, Grady Saxman, Eric Tonkin.
The Studios: Salamone's Recording Studios in Fredericksburg, Va. Recording Arts In Falls Church, Va. Urban Garden Studio, Silver Spring, MD. County Q Productions, Red Fern Recordings, Warner Robins Studio and Beaird Music Group, inc. in Nashville TN.
Mastered by Dustin Richardson at Red Fern Recordings
Album Art by Beth at We Make Tapes and Discs, Nashville.
Photography by Brian Kelley
And so much love and gratitude goes to Brian, Brandy and Sean Kelley, my Family, Friends and Fans!
All songs copyrighted 2003-2015
ASCAP/ NSAI Member
So, get this, I came up with this new idea of starting a new habit or resolution before the new year. No time like the present and all that. The plan is to wake up, state my deliberate intentions, get dressed (obviously), drive down to a nearby coffee shop (TBA), with notebook and pen, order a latte and write. Why? To bump myself out of this homebody rut I've been wallowing in. To create a new vibe and probably meet some cool people. I notice just now the the word "new" has popped up several times in this writing. I like it.
I've been hosting Bobby's Idle Hour most of this year with Lindsay Ellen and she handed it over to me, but, damn it Jim, I'm a musician not a magician! My booking skills are poor and my hosting abilities are awkward and bumbling to say the least. That being said, I will be hosting the East Side Invasion one last time this Sunday, November 15th. I am a little bit proud of myself for going outside my personality's comfort zone for so long, but I'm ready to crawl back into my moody, introverted, songwriter box and stay there. Here is the bossome line up for This Sunday: 11/15/2015
Bobby's Idle Hour, Nashville, TN
8PM Features Andrew Lipow and Joel Shewmake!