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Lora Kelley

by Lora Kelley

Playful and upbeat Americana combined with lulling and dreamlike nostalgia.
Genre: Country: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good Men Don't Hurt You
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2. Creeping In
3:53 $0.99
3. Both Hands
2:56 $0.99
4. Would You Come Back Now?
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5. Steel Magnolia
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Album Notes
In 2014, I gathered up a collection of songs I had written over the previous decade and recorded on voice memo, and I sent them to a local producer, friend and musician Isaac Wardell. I released that EP in January 2015 with a CD release show at the Southern, and then I went back to work as a hair and make-up artist, small business consultant, mother and wife.

When I stepped off the stage at The Southern, I will never forget the feeling of utter joy and also trepidation. "Will I get to do this again?.. how?"

It took 3 years and a multitude of courageous steps forward, pauses to ponder, steps backward to consider. In the meantime, in the wee hours of the evening or mid-morning or in the shower, I continued to write music, words and stories, and I offered this to myself.. that I didn't have to do more with it than what could be done for the time and place I was in, and if that space changed, I would do more.

My grandmother died in February of 2016. It was a slow crumble into dementia, and we could feel the fabric of her personality unraveling in our hands. There’s nothing quite like watching someone beloved lose a sense of themselves and the people around them.

Shortly after she had passed away, and we had driven to her funeral in the south, my parents came to visit. We reminisced about Mo, as she was called, and our time with her. As they were leaving to return to Texas, I stood on the front porch of our house to watch them leave, and I lifted my hands to wave goodbye. My father rolled down his window and called out, “You look just like Mo, she always waved goodbye with both hands.”

I could see his tears, and I could feel mine burning the in corners of my eyes. He was right. She couldn’t remember herself, but I could remember her.

I went up stairs, and I wrote the first single, “Both Hands.”

In the years that have followed that, other beloved friends in our community have have died; our country has seen a wave of tragedy and sorrow - of grief and determination. What is our identity?

It’s not that this EP seeks to make a statement about a collective identity, but it has helped me grapple with grief and grit and how they tend each other and us in the midst of life’s beauty and suffering.

I want people to hear this EP because I believe it is an invitation into the quiet perseverance of naming our losses and claiming our strengths.

There are some jiving songs and some tender songs, and isn't that life? Strength and tenderness.



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