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Michael Kelsey | The Way It Rolls

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The Way It Rolls

by Michael Kelsey

Acoustic-rock songs
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Intro
1:13 album only
2. The Way It Rolls
4:00 album only
3. Slow Movin' Train
4:27 album only
4. Old Guitar
4:04 album only
5. Hey Elaine
4:10 album only
6. Daydreamer
3:22 album only
7. Wanderlust
3:47 album only
8. Higher
4:19 album only
9. The Right Thing
4:41 album only
10. Crawlin'
5:02 album only
11. Further Down the Road
6:17 album only
12. A Bus in Motion
6:54 album only
13. Roll
5:12 album only
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Album Notes
On "The Way It Rolls" that band in his head comes bursting out of one soundhole of his guitar, the face of which is burnished raw by thwacking, spanking and slapping... to create a uniquely percussive style which is rarely heard within singer-songwriter circles. Comparisons to Michael Hedges are inevitable but unlike Hedges, for whom vocals always seemed an afterthought, Kelsey's vocals are soulful with intensity on equal par with his guitarwork. Think Steve Marriott on vox and Don Ross on box. The "five piece band" metaphor is especially true on "The Way It Rolls." This is a full band sound, yet a perusal of the CD insert for the expected backup musicians on bass, electric guitar and harmony vocals yields only one other name besides Kelsey -- Matt Call on drum kit. Past Kelsey projects have showcased Jekyll & Hyde musical personalities: the restrained fingerstylist versus the maniacally bluesy rocker. The evil twin definitely wins out on this CD, so don't look for much Windham Hill prettiness. The title track's message could be both the "Que Sera Sera" of a new generation and a synopsis of his musical M.O.
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Dan Chudzynski

Why isn't this guy a huge star? I suppose if he applied to "American Idol" or "America's Got
Talent," it would be no contest -- truth is, he's so far above any of that, it would be an insult to his talent and a waste of time to even try. Michael Kelsey is a phenom, a prodigy. If you're a musician, you wonder how anybody can be that good. If you're in the audience of one of his shows, you can't help but to feel the power of his passion. He makes love to his guitar as if it was the first time he's made love to his true love after a season's worth of soap opera denial. Damn, you can't help but be a little envious of that passion. He does to his guitar what Tiger Woods does to a golf ball; what Michael Jordan did to a basketball; what Spielberg has done to movie direction; what Shakespeare did to words. Here's the thing: buy one of his CDs and you'll probably love it; go see him perform and you'll want to have his baby. Or if you're a normal male heterosexual musician such as myself ... you'll just wonder why you still keep playing at a talent level of five or six (on a scale from 1-10), when Kelsey plays at a level 12. Yes, the music is unique and ear-catching, but it's nothing like witnessing a performance. Check out the videos at michaelkelsey.com, and you'll see what I mean. I will check his website regularly to see where Michael Kelsey is playing, and each time I am able to travel to see him, I will take a musician friend with me. They need to know what I know. As I started out my rant, why isn't this guy a star? Such a travesty. I'm rooting for Michael. He should be a superstar.

Frank Meschkuleit

Ye Gods!
What a great guitarist and entertainer. Unbelievable schtick. Ungodly accoustic sound. Worth every penny and more.


michael's best
The cd is one of michael's best. I especially love the song 'hey elaine'. He's awesome live. I'd recommend seeing one of his shows.

The Merlock Family

Not Again
Mr. Kelsey, as my daughter refers to him, continues to ruin my cube-mates days since they are victim of my endless un-Michael Kelsey-like singing of his stirring musical creations. Those of you who know him don't need me to tell you that God took extra time to make sure Kelsey could paint the music in his head with the guitar in his hands. What comes through in this album is just more foot tapping, soul stirring, head nodding "gruves". Why does he do this to me? Why can't I play like that? I know why. If I could, then I wouldn't be blessed by hearing Michael play. Michael, when you coming back up Chi-Town way?

Tina Shepherd

Kelsey is phenomenal
Michael Kelsey is hands down the most talented guitar player we have ever seen. His music is awesome and we love it all. He is very down to earth and kind and has a wonderful spirit and is a fantasic entertainer.