Kelley Hunt review…May 21, 2014…

KELLEY HUNT

THE BEAUTIFUL BONES

88 RECORDS  EER  1406

THIS TIME–GOLDEN HOUR–LET IT RAIN–RELEASE AND BE FREE–WHEN LOVE IS AT THE WHEEL–SIMPLIFY–THE BEAUTIFUL BONES–GATES OF EDEN–I’VE GOT A GOOD FEELING–I WANT YOU THERE–MIRACLE–THE SWEET GOODBYE

The inspiration for multi-instrumentalist and composer Kelley Hunt’s latest album came from merely looking out the window of her Kansas home during this past, particularly-harsh, winter.  The snowflakes sticking to the barren tree branches led her to ponder the beauty of nature, and “The Beautiful Bones” came to fruition.  There are twelve originals herein, each drenched in Kelley’s love for not only blues but gospel and soul as well.   Joining her also on this endeavor are some of Music City’s A-listers, including John Jackson on electric guitar, Bryan Owings on drums, Tim Marks on bass, and the McCrary Sisters on harmony vocals.

The album is both a celebration and a warning.  Kelley celebrates the beauty of life and the promises of rebirth, but cautions mankind not to destroy this beauty for his own gains.  It’s also a reminder for us all to stop and smell the roses in this hectic world.  That is the premise of “Simplify,” where we are all urged to “step away from “the job, the phone, and the car” and be ourselves.  “When Love Is At The Wheel you can ride all night” finds Kelley at her boogie-queen best, while John’s slide and the McCrary’s on backing chorus give this shot of funk a decided taste of the Delta.  The set closes with another bit of gospel-inflected soul, as Kelley bids “The Sweet Goodbye” to “old ways, heartaches and shame.”

Our favorite was an easy pick..  Kelley’s acoustic guitar drives the haunting story of a near-death experience behind the wheel, where our heroine literally sees her life flash before her.  It leaves her “standing at the Gates Of Eden,” but “with an earthly eye.”

With “The Beautiful Bones,” Kelley Hunt urges us all to go back and explore our roots, as finding out where we’ve been can aid us down the road as the future unfolds.  This one is her most personal, and, for us, her best set to date.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

 

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