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Michael Kelly | Cross the River Home

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Cross the River Home

by Michael Kelly

Songs about watermen, cowboys, the Shakespearean drama of late night bar rooms; chasing rainbow trout in the Sierra Nevada; love, hope, and resilience; wild hawks and smiling moons, and the sublime pleasure of crossing the river home.
Genre: Country: Alt-Country
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Cowboy
3:39 $0.99
2. Dancer
2:58 $0.99
3. Daydream
3:32 $0.99
4. What's Your Heart Say
3:04 $0.99
5. Light in the Window
2:48 $0.99
6. Daffodils
3:34 $0.99
7. Who Found Who
4:05 $0.99
8. Slipping Away
2:40 $0.99
9. Waterman
4:28 $0.99
10. Feather River Canyon
3:09 $0.99
11. Cadillac
4:16 $0.99
12. Maybe Forever
5:13 $0.99
13. Cross the River Home
3:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
Michael Kelly is a singer-songwriter based in Maryland. Musically, his songs are an aggregate of influences ranging across folk, rock, blues, country and bluegrass. He has opened shows for a wide range of performers, including NRBQ, John Lee Hooker, Junior Walker and the Allstars, and Laughing Colors. He was the front man for Baltimore based Color Factory in the 90's, contributing lead vocals and rhythm guitar along with songwriting duties. His music combines acoustic guitar (Gibson J-45, Martin D-18), soulful vocals, and poetic storytelling. Lyrically, the songs emphasize the resilience of the human spirit. In Waterman the songs main character (and family) acknowledge that working the water is in his blood and something he just can't walk away from, even when times are hard. In Cowboy the character examines the line between dreams and reality, between Nature and technology. Cadillac revisits the Nature versus technology theme as two lovers race through the night and through the seasons, change reflected in the windows/boundaries around them. In Daydream the character pleas for a chance to slow things down, to be able to contemplate life even as it streams by, to stand firm in the face of mortality. The complexities of love take center stage throughout the songs on Cross the River Home, from the plaintive What's Your Heart Say to the steel drum infused joy of Daffodils. Feather River Canyon is a song about a detour taken on an old logging road during a fishing trip in the Sierra Nevada centered around a Maidu Indian family reunion. Later, after recounting the days adventure to a family elder, the song's character learns of the Maidu beliefs of Mother Earth and Father Sun and feels them resound within. The melodic and artfully crafted phrases of Baltimore studio musician Brian Simms on piano and accordion accompany Cowboy, Daydream, Light in the Window and Waterman. The gorgeous harmonies of Lynn Hollyfield grace Cadillac and Waterman while Kevin Martin of the Geckos adds background vocals and a touch of the Caribbean to Daffodils on steel drum and tongue drum. Alison Kelly and Lucas Kelly add stellar background vocals on Who Found Who and Daffodils, respectively. Jesse Markowitz's fiddle dances on Dancer and adds the high lonesome to Slipping Away, and WAMMIE award winning producer Marco Delmar adds bass, percussion and background vocals to the mix while putting it all together. Cross the River Home is a collection of love songs and Americana, a sketch drawn with an acoustic guitar and a soulful vocal filled in by the heartfelt contributions of an accomplished group of musicians. Its theme can be stated simply: Live, Laugh, Love.



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