Old Man Kelly | Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans

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Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans

by Old Man Kelly

A one-man-gumbo of guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass, drums, pedal steel, resonator guitar, harmonica, accordion and a healthy dose of American dance rhythms.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I Can Help You With That
3:04 $0.99
2. Cafe Noir
3:04 $0.99
3. We're Only Dancing
4:29 $0.99
4. Policeman
3:44 $0.99
5. Shallow Brown
3:14 $0.99
6. Katie Kline
3:54 $0.99
7. Rommel
4:37 $0.99
8. Elder Greene Blues
3:59 $0.99
9. Stormy
3:18 $0.99
10. Red Rocking Chair
3:47 $0.99
11. Veronica Leigh
4:08 $0.99
12. Getting By On Luck
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
“Where are you from?”

It always seems to be one of the first things that comes up in conversation, and I’ve never known how to answer it. I was born on a military base, and being a military kid means that you don’t get to be from anywhere. You grow up bouncing from town to town. You learn how to blend in. You learn how to adopt accents and mannerisms that make people feel comfortable around you, even though you’re always from somewhere else. I can’t tell you where I’m from, but I can make a very long list of where I’ve been.

I’m pretty sure that I’m an American, and I’m pretty sure that I make American music. Although one old fellow in a pub in Rathmelton, Co. Donegal disagreed with that. He pounded the bar and said, “Don’t you believe it. You’re from here.” Taking the long view, he wasn’t wrong. I had been to the family gravesite earlier that same day.

Wherever I’m from — wherever I’ve been — these songs must be from there, too. I’ve written them in train stations, learned them on the sides of mountains or in pubs long after midnight, played them on street corners in cities around the world. I’ve given up trying to define them, to say what they are. I just know that they’re right, that they fit me, and that they move me along from wherever I’ve been to wherever I’m going.

Shoulder your pack and travel with me for a bit.


All music performed by Old Man Kelly except:

Chris Printz - Bass on "I Can Help You With That", "Cafe Noir", "Elder Greene Blues"
Nathan Bowles - Drums on "I Can Help You With That", "Cafe Noir", "Elder Greene Blues"
Mark Barbour - Accordion on "Cafe Noir"
Hugh Crumley - Bass on "Getting By On Luck"
Bill, Paul, Ginger, Kat, Cindy, Greg, Matt, Garrett, Adrianne, Russ, Nathan, Bob - Vocals on "Stormy"

All songs (c) Liam Patrick Kelly (BMI) except:

"Policeman", "Shallow Brown", "Katie Kline", "Stormy", "Red Rocking Chair" - Traditional, arr. Liam Patrick Kelly
"Elder Greene Blues" - Charlie Patton, EMI Longitude Music Co.

Photos by Nancy Jurek
Drawing by Whitney Waller
Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Liam P Kelly
Design and Layout by Liam P Kelly

It takes a village to make a record. Thanks to: Chris, Nathan, Mark, Hugh, Bill, Paul, Ginger, Kat, Cindy, Greg, Matt, Garrett, Adrianne, Russ, Nathan, Bob for the music; The Jugbusters, The Halliday Line, The Empties for helping me test drive these songs; Al, Anita, Bobby for the booking support; Nancy and Whitney for the art; Buckeye Banjo for a great instrument; Buddy for being a teacher and an inspiration; The Don't Tell Darlings; all my friends and family; the weird and incredible world of musicians, artists, dancers and rabble rousers without whom the shenanigans could never happen. Thank you all so much!

"Fancy chords don't mean nothin' if you ain't got that beat." - John Lee Hooker, "Teachin' the Blues" (1961)

(C) 2013 Old Man Kelly
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