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Tip Top

by Miller-Kelton

Tip-Top is a lyrical journey through life in the City of Columbus, Ohio, as seen through the eyes of a wide variety of characters. The stories are told with the alt-country and rock background that personifies the pulse of the city.
Genre: Rock: Country-Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Traffic Jam in Gatlinburg
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2. Opportunity
3:43 $0.99
3. Tip Top
3:20 $0.99
4. It Wears You Down
3:54 $0.99
5. Parsons Avenue
2:55 $0.99
6. The Boy is Gone 2011
3:06 $0.99
7. Last American Outlaws
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8. Patriots and Liars
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9. Cowboys and Trains
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10. Zanesville, Ohio
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Album Notes
A year or so ago, Miller-Kelton first came onto the radar with Goodbye, Cindy, an enjoyable little disc of countrified folk-rock that hinted at something below the surface.

A lineup change and a renewed interest in going electric may have prompted the quintet to just spit it out with Tip-Top.

The album is loose and personable. The initial spin had me thinking I had heard the record before, but it showed just how much Miller-Kelton has learned from the likes of Springsteen and the Drive-By Truckers, at least to these ears. Those closer to the insurgent country scene could likely point out other groups Tip-Top favorably compares to.

The most notable band member is Julia O'Keefe. While occasionally hitting her limits as a singer, her lyrics know no bounds. She is an incredibly evocative storyteller, wasting nary an opportunity to color her narrative with local references.

Many have written songs about living in Columbus, but few cut to the heart of our dear hometown like O'Keefe.

The album is like listening to a good friend's amazing stories over drinks while a rock-solid country band plays in the background. If you're like me, you'll find yourself listening to it again and again.

-Rick Allen, "The Other Paper"

Probably the thing I like most about Miller-Kelton, besides Julia’s voice, is their storytelling. Local music has a way of storytelling that music for the masses just can’t beat, and songwriters have carried the narratives of our society for eons. As someone who loves to collect stories, it always interests me to know how the creative class actually comes up with this stuff. Reilley, how do you do it? Do you get inspiration from Randy Newman?

Alexandra Wills

Edward Reilley’s lyrics are narrative in nature, but the stories he tells with his music are far from once-upon-a-time. In Miller-Kelton’s latest work, all the heroes have gone missing. Rusty Cadillacs fueled by miracles limp toward the freeway. Bills pile up unpaid. Even a lucky break earns more loss. There might not be a Big Bad Wolf around the corner, but someone hungry is hiding in the shadows, and Miller-Kelton, with its stark blue-collar honesty tempered by a potent blend of humor and poetry, will tell us exactly how big his eyes are.

Many of the tracks on “Tip-Top” address a common theme: the divide between the American dream and economic realities. Yet the songs never deliver their message in a heavy-handed way, possibly because the band members are having such a good time with the music, which rocks—and rollicks and mourns and soothes and celebrates, depending on the song—while showcasing Julia O’Keefe’s earthy, virtuosic vocals.

Laura Stanfill



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