demo for Check
Yes or No, which George Strait made a hit. She came to Highland
as a result of divorces, men and babies and slaves
in Office Space cubicle purgatory during the day, living to practice
and perform at night. Life can really complicate your dreams
sometimes, she says. I just think the sequence of
events for me told me that I wasnt ready for my art yet.
to put her pipes on a shelf, she busied herself for a few years,
fronting local country cover band Southern Thunder. She played
clubs, enjoyed gigs opening for major country artists,
worked up a pretty good Martina McBride impression. As cover bands
are wont to do, theyd toss in some original songs Kelly
wrote on the sidethe only originals we would do.
The response was encouraging, likely because Kelly Vs songs
are good, unlike the painful original tunes cover
bands tend to dish.
Liquid Joes and the semifinals. In the middle of her set,
Kelly V stopped just short of apologizing for the songs. She told
the crowd how she just wrote and recorded some songs
and gave them to her producer/bassist Craig Poole, who saw promise.
She seemed genuinely shocked by that, and the way Poole and her
ace band laid into the songs.
my worst critic, she confesses, saying when she hooked up
with Poole, she told him, Im a singer first, who likes
to write a song or two. (Actually, a few notebooks containing
50-plus, in various stages of completion.) She says shed
hoped Poole would make her rough tapes come to life
and he did just that, taking 10 songs (five old, five new) and
polishing them into alt-country gems on Kelly Vs debut CD,
the tunes (inspired by lifes complicationsdivorces,
menand wanting to break out of ones cocoon) were already
diamonds in the rough. And the way she sings them, with sass and
conviction, they dont need much studio shading to be truly
striking. But when her band gives them the full audio Technicolor
treatment, theyre stunning. Shell do us proud in Austin,
and though past winners Royal Bliss and Hudson River School might
tell you SXSW isnt the Willy Wonka dream machine it appears
to be, she might just get lucky.
love to hook up with people who like what I do, she wishes,
people who think I have potential as a writer and give me
a chance to create more. Its like winning the lottery!
Dandelions" Kelly V (independent)
artist's debut album is better than good. Dandelions
is an eclectic musical journey that weaves a tapestry of emotions
from a singer/songwriter that is definitely going places."
V and her band have been a wonderful addition to a number of the
events we've put on! Her versatility, as well as her energy, have
made her the perfect performer to use, as she is able to fit into
almost any event where I need music as either an acoustic group,
or a full band. It's been a pleasure to work with such a professional
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Fork Press/ October 10, 2003
"A compilation of songs written by Kelly over the past five
years and arranged and produced by Craig Poole, Dandelions displays
her diversity of musical style and influences. Though this album
would fit neatly into everyone's collection of favorites, listeners
should not expect anything cookie cutter. From the raw blues of
"Carry Me Home" and the classic country stylings of
"Mess You Made," which is said to be Kelly's personal
favorite, to the get-up-and-boogie vibe of "Feelin' Fine"
and the lyrically fluid title track, every song is a pleasant
surprise. With her excessive talent, high energy and big voice,
Kelly is living proof that big things come in small packages."
Heather Brush/ Spanish Fork Press
"The refreshing and diverse album Dandelions spans multiple
musical styles with grace. With flavors of Country, Rock, Blues
and R & B this album can be enjoyed from start to finish.
A must have for the collection, Dandelions delivers stellar arrangement
and musicality with vocals that will leave you with goose-bumps."
Curt Gordon/ Paradox Entertainment