Irene Kelley with Melissa Greener - Concert is at the MAC
Irene Kelley's path toward country music began by getting kicked out of her own rock band.
Kelley played in a Led Zeppelin cover band in high school, but her band mates frowned on her suggestion of working a Dolly Parton into the set. Kelley promptly put a new band together and began composing the songs that would help pave her way to Nashville.
One of her first songs was "Pennsylvania Is My Home," which she sang in a PBS documentary in 1982. The song was nominated for the state song of Pennsylvania.
Upon arrival in Nashville, musicians in Kelley's first recording session included Marty Stuart, Sonny Curtis and Jody Maphis, to name a few.
In addition to her own CDs, Kelley's songs have found homes on records by Loretta Lynn ("Hold Her"), Trisha Yearwood ("O, Mexico" & "Second Chance"), Carl Jackson ("You Are A Rock And I'm A Rolling StoneÃÂ¢Ã,ÂÃ,Â), Ricky Skaggs ("Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This"), Alan Jackson ("A Little Bluer Than That") and others.
Official Website: www.IreneKelley.com
Song Samples: www.MySpace.com/IreneKelley
Melissa Greener begged for a guitar for a year before she finally got one at the age of nine.
In school, Melissa discovered in the poetry of Yeats, Dylan Thomas and Robert Service, an intensity and passion similar to her own. Absorbing the rhythms, patterns, structures and even melodies on the pages, her own compositions emerged. Soon, she was cultivating her performance at talent nights and open mics.
After high school, Greener developed a wanderlust that took her from her home in Detroit to Tel Aviv, love took her to Montreal, college took her to Halifax, and the opportunity to teach took her to Jingdezhen, China. Isolated, the only westerner in the village, Melissa began writing that songs that would become her first CD, Fall From The Sky.
Her latest release, Dwelling, explore notions of 'home' and the intimacies between the people who are closest in our lives. The love-hate and the push-pull of familial as well as romantic unions, and the place we take amid them are the meditations here. This demure recording has much spirit, and is receiving rave reviews throughout the US and Europe.
In 2009, she won First Prize in the USA Songwriting Competition folk category for her song "Bullets to Bite".
"Blessed with a glorious, outsized, and utterly distinctive voice, Greener is also an accomplished guitarist whose powerful acoustic flat-picking is rooted in blues and folk." Acoustic Guitar Magazine
Official Website: www.melissagreener.com
Song Samples: www.myspace.com/melissagreener
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