Firstly, I have to say, that I am so jealous of the cover pic. I always wanted a Dragster bike when I was a kid. They were the bike of cool kids in the early 1970’s when I was growing up. I didn’t want the girly ones with the tassles and sparkles and pink paint, I wanted a red or blue almost motorbike looking ones like the boys. Nevermind, I made do learning on my Ma’s oversized antique.
That aside, this is a long awaited album. I saw Kelly at one of Allison Forbes’ sessions in Tamworth in January and he promised us all that it was on its way. If anyone epitomises what I love in male songwriting, it is the stuff that Kelly produces. They are my kind of songs and my kind of words. He has a quality about his voice that totally matches his songs in delivery. That doesn’t always happen.
To add to this, he includes some of my favourite people on here, including: Felicity, Lyn, Glen, Kevin and the one and only, Jen Mize.
I am a folk music lover first, and a big fan of the 1960’s and early to mid 1970’s kind of music. If you think of people like J J Cale, Van Morrison, James Taylor, Jackson Browne, Jim Croce, Dan Fogelberg, Cat Stevens kind of stuff then Kelly could very easily fit into that mix. He also reminds me a bit of Mike McClellan, Kevin Johnson and Doug Ashdown in many ways.
He is that good.
Every amazing album that is released in the remainder of this year and next year that is touched by the incredible hands of Glen Hannah is going to make us a bit sad and eternally grateful that we had this genius in our world and how terribly tragic it is to have lost him. You can hear him on this album, physically and hauntingly as a companion as you listen to it. The physical album has a lovely dedication to him.
This is a stunning album. Every track is so beautifully produced and the sound is just incredible. I have listened to it three times this morning, and we have been gifted with 13 tracks, which is almost unheard of these days.
The word ‘journey’ is overused these days, but a lot of these songs take you on one. Even in the titles, they do: Down the Road, River Bend, Sailed in, Sailing Wind, Where I’m going…..
Where I’m Going also reminds me a bit of something that Willie Nelson would write or sing, (Kelly has a better voice!). There are so many familiar sounds and comparisons, but essentially, Kelly has something very fresh and different here for this generation to present. I often quote the line that my Creative Writing Lecturer used at Uni. “You are what you read”. It is the same for songwriters as it is for authors. You borrow and learn from your mentors and influences. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kelly has picked up some lessons from the abovementioned as well as Dylan, Kristofferson and Springsteen. You can hear it in subtle ways.
These songs are easy to relate to. They are experiences that we can all understand and identify with to a point and just chill on the couch too and enjoy. I read where Kelly is often described as a songwriter’s songwriter. I would find it easy to think of him as a poet who sings. It is the kind of music that I just love best. Songs that ring true, tell a story, create an image and stick with you for a long time to come.
Even if Kelly didn’t have a star studded cast here, this album would stand up as a true treasure. It will be on multiple spins on my stereo. Perfect for a lazy Sunday.
Simply stunning and stunningly simple.
Down the Road
Where I’m Going
There You Go
In a Song
Further Than I Am Behind
I got nothing
My Middle Name
All songs written by Kelly Cork
Recorded and Engineered by Rob Mackay Pacific International and Glen Hannah
Mixed and Mastered by Jason Millhouse Organic Audio
Produced by Jeffrey and collective talents of everyone
Kevin Benett – Guitar and Vocals
Jen Mize – Cello and Vocals
Tom Richter – Guitar and Mandolin
Wayne ‘Killer’ Kellett Bass
Rob Mackay – Bass
Glen Hannah – Guitar and Vocals
Mick Meartin – Drums and Percussion
Peter Lee – Drums
Garry Kohler – Harmonica
Felicity U and Lyn B – I Long – vocals