Kellye Gray CD Release Party
Announcing the latest from singer Kellye Gray.
And They Call Us Cowboys, the Texas Music Project (Grr8 Records)
We're having a PARTY to celebrate the new release. Your ticket price includes your cover charge PLUS a CD. It's a school night, so we start at 7:00pm. There will be lots of surprises as the evening unfolds. Don't miss it!!
Throughout the years, pop and country music have been full of the creative spirit of many a Texan. Kellye Gray grew up in this vast talent pool and became eager to apply her hand to a few childhood gems. A lifetime spent as a postmodern jazz singer from Texas, but rarely identified as a Texas musician she dreamt of a way to embrace her heritage. She offered her 1971 Yamaha piano as barter to pay for the first demo sessions. It was a birthday present for her self. A year later she ran a successful Kickstarter campaign to finish recording and move to distribution.
Some tunes will be familiar, but others come strictly from deep in the heart of Texas. The songs transform into bossa nova, shuffle blues, gospel, ballad, fusion and boogaloo. All the tracks have just a hint of Texas and a good dose of jazz. Kellye chose to record songs composed by fellow Texans Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Lyle Lovett, Christopher Cross, Shake Russell, Townes Van Zandt, Roy Orbison, Mac Davis and Roger Miller.
The arrangements bubbled-up from the minds of Kellye Gray and Jake Langley with ease. Sessions were recorded live, in a studio where no one could see anyone else during tracking, not even the engineer. Keen ears more than make up for any sight issues. Thereʼs a little over-dubbing on the fusion tunes. The recording has that ʻold- schoolʼ sound that seems like you can feel the music being made. No advanced prep for the musicians. Just talk down the chart, hit record and play until itʼs over.
Grayʼs star first glinted brightly in the jazz skies back in the early 90ʼs upon the rise of her, Standards In Gray (Justice Records). She journeyed into the indie world to produce her sophomore effort. That issue, Tomato Kiss (Proteus Recordings) landed solidly, just as her first, in the top twenty. More recently two live recordings (released back to back in 2009) inspired Jazztimes to describe her as, "A layer cake with a dense Carmen McRae center, iced with swoops, dollops and occasionally wide swatches of Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, then dotted with Etta James bluesiness and Tina Turner wail. Gray's is an impressive, indeed frighteningly vast talent."
The music was created and recorded by world-class musicians who were born in Texas or make their living in Texas. The artists featured on the album are Kellye Gray (vocals), Jake Langley (guitar), Pamela York (keys), Kevin Lovejoy (keys), Chris Maresh (bass), Kyle Thompson (drums), John Mills (horns), Red Young (organ), Chris Lovejoy (percussion).
TRACKS: In the Ghetto, Help Me Make It, If I Needed You, Dang Me, Deep In the West, Only the Lonely, Sailing, Always On My Mind, Nightʼs Lullaby
Brass House (View)
115 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, TX 78701
|Minimum Age: 21|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|