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Tried & True

by Craig Kelley Band

Hard hitting indie rock.
Genre: Rock: Roots Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Only Man
3:48 $0.89
2. Lay It Down
3:49 $0.89
3. Tried & True
3:17 $0.89
4. In Your Eyes
3:33 $0.89
5. Words of Love
3:40 $0.89
6. Talk To You
3:10 $0.89
7. Black Betty
4:20 $0.89
8. Sweet Memory
4:07 $0.89
9. Sunday Paper
4:09 $0.89
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Album Notes
With the recent success of their debut CD, 'Still Searchin' (1997)', which received raving reviews regionally as well as internationally, the Craig Kelley Band has progressed into a style of their own.

'I think 'Tried & True' has taken us to a different level. We were finally able to capture the energy level in the studio that you get at one of our shows.' -craig

One obvious difference with 'Tried & True' when compared with CKB's Debut CD, 'Still Searchin'' is the absence of an acoustic guitar on the album. One not so obvious difference is that it was recorded in Craig's private studio. It may lack an acoustic guitar but it lacks nothing for punch and quality.

From the opening blood rushing 'Only Man' through the sure fire hit 'Lay It Down' and the Beatles driven 'Words Of Love' to the blues flavored 'Black Betty' and 'Sweet Memory', this is more than a progression. It's a revelation for all that have yet to experience Craig Kelley.

The more you play 'Tried & True'; the more you become energized and intoxicated by it. Maybe after several spins you will notice 'Words of Love', a song derived completely from Beatles' titles.

'There isn't an original word in that song... which made it a bit of a challenge to write!' -craig Apparently, Craig Kelley and his crew fear no challenges. After one listen to 'Tried & True' you will notice why. Great songs, great performances and...a great record.




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Jeff Preuss

This CD rocks! It's the kind you want to drive for hours listening to. It sounds totally awesome when you crank it up!

J.A. Jandecka (Mode Mag.)

A definite pop-rock machine, the Craig Kelley Band has released it’s second CD, Tried & True. For the most part, it’s an upbeat collection with great guitar licks by one of the best guitarists in the area. No joke — Craig Kelley reigns as Central Pa’s "Guitar Wars Contest" champion, and David T. Chastain as rated him as Central PA’s number one guitarist three times. Like ballet honing a football player’s technique, Kelley’s degree in classical guitar has given him the raw skill and dexterity. Couple this with his songwriting and you have a recognizable and fun sound. The fun doesn’t stop at the sound, either — the lyrics help to set each song’s tone and to drive the music. The title track could be featured in any one of today’s teen-splashed movies, fast and crazy and spattered with words about some burned-out chic. And, while I never would’ve know had it not been pointed out, "Words of Love" is a fantastic collage of Beatles’ title phrases — and nothing more. Surprisingly, it fits together well, forging one of the better songs on the album. Other tracks, such as "Black Betty" and "Sweet Memory" intertwine a blues flavor with their pop attitude. All in all, the vocals impress, as they’re appropriately rough and sugary. The melodies and harmonies will latch onto your brain if you’re not careful as well. This sound is truly reminiscent of Pittsburgh’s sons The Clarks. Tried & True follows the band’s debut, Still Searching (1997). With Stu Kavolis on bass, Mike Leib on keyboards and guitar, and Steve Sponsellor on drums, Kelley and his band have received accolades both regionally and internationally — Europeans seem to like their sound quite well. Snag the CD and give it a listen. For info, check out the band’s web site at