The sound of LP Kelly comes broadly from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons; when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night; when being an American troubadour was a trade. Since the 2013 release of Songs, Stories, Shanties and Shenanigans, LP Kelly has gigged relentlessly, bringing his vintage sound to over 300 swing dances, festivals and honky-tonks throughout the central Appalachian mountains.
The 2016 release of Off My Lawn is the recorded product of a band sharpened by the time spent in those trenches - Old Man Kelly and the Streetsweepers. Featuring Matt Labarge on honky-tonk piano, Chris Printz on upright bass, and Nathan Bowles on drums, songs like “Exitville”, “My Next Ex-Girlfriend”, “Milk Cow Blues” and “Knock Her Up” are tailor-made for rockabilly swing dancing in late-night establishments. “The Murder of Mir Imad” and “Cool Rag” add Willis Greenstreet on clarinet, seasoning the gumbo with a Dixieland vibe. LP Kelly gives respect to his roots in old-time Appalachian music on the traditional ballad “Wild Bill Jones” and on the original clawhammer banjo composition “Louisiana Dirt”, featuring the incomparable flatfoot dancing of Jen Barton. Off My Lawn is Americana in the best sense of the word: the work of a band who has done their homework, knows their music history, and uses that as a lantern to guide us to new places.
Brazenly original and yet familiar-sounding, Off My Lawn brings the sweat of the dance hall to your living room. Move the furniture, roll up the rug, and play it loud.
released October 22, 2020
All music performed by LP Kelly except:
Matt Labarge (http://www.matthewlabarge.com): Piano on 1, 2, 4, 7, 10, 12; organ on 5
Chris Printz: Bass on 1, 2, 4, 7, 10
Nathan Bowles (http://www.nathanbowles.com): Drums on 1, 2, 4, 7, 10
Willis Greenstreet: Clarinet on 2, 10, 12
All songs (c) 2016 Liam Patrick Kelly (BMI) except:
"Bootlegger Blues", "Wild Bill Jones" (traditional)
"Milk Cow Blues" (Kokomo Arnold, Universal Music Corp.)
"Knock Her Up" (Camilla Ammirati and Liam Patrick Kelly)
Recorded, Mixed, Mastered and Produced by Liam P Kelly, with assistance from Matthew Labarge
Design and Layout by Liam P Kelly
Photos by Nancy Jurek
Dedicated to the memory of Fiddlin' Bill Richardson. Without him, none of this would be here.
The sound of LP Kelly (formerly Old Man Kelly) comes from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from
front porches on hot afternoons; when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night. Kelly has worked to encourage a renaissance in music that has a history and a place – music that demands the listener dig deeper to find its roots in geography and time....more