Kelly Pardekooper recently released his ninth album, 50-Weight, marking a 20-year bookend to his lo-fi debut release 30-Weight. Going back to his home state roots, 50-Weight was recorded in a rural Iowa barn studio June 1-4, 2018. Producer and guitar wizard hats are again worn by Iowa City friend Bo Ramsey (best known for producing and playing guitar on Grammy nominated Lucinda Williams and Greg Brown albums). Kelly’s authentic songs and voice have been featured in TV/FILM under the radar for the past decade thanks to Los Angeles based music publisher Black Toast Music. His new album 50-Weight is pure Americana-Iowa roots music that moves from pretty to pissed on a dime. Enjoy the ride!
Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is an Americana/Rock Singer-Songwriter. He put down roots in Indianapolis in 2012 after stints in Nashville, Madison and Los Angeles. He has released nine albums and toured all over the US and Europe, showcasing his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland. Television song credits include True Blood, Justified, Blue Bloods, Sons of Anarchy, Cold Case, Chicago Fire, Longmire, Speechless etc. Film credits include Vengeance (Nicolas Cage), April Moon and Sex in the USA. Kelly Pardekooper writes songs and tries to treat people well!
official website: http://kellypardekooper.com
Marty's review: Kelly Pardekooper's 9th album is a treat for Alt-Country/Americana fans with insightful lyrics, roots-based instrumentation and a production from Bo Ramsey that is all about rawness and mood. Kelly has created and emotionally-rich and textured sound-scape that takes the listener on a journey of discovery with unexpected treasures to be found.
A moody alt-country original - Nashville Scene
A roots musician who writes some of the sweetest blues-infused, country-fied, American rock music of our time. - No Depression