Kelly Steward
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Kelly Steward

Rockford, Illinois, United States | SELF | AFTRA

Rockford, Illinois, United States | SELF | AFTRA
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"Kelly Steward "Long Long Road" EP Review"

“Weird is the tale of an EP, and mysterious is the path of an artistic resurrection. The true story is that the beautiful (because she IS beautiful…I’m human after all) Kelly Steward from Rockford, IL, debuted with a “home-made” EP back in 2000, while this EP (meaningfully entitled Long Long Road) arrives after eight long years. I don’t know what happened in the meantime, but all the peculiarities that made the debut interesting are still intact here, somehow even improved. I’m referring to a great voice perfectly balanced between country roughness and soul voluptuousness, accompanied by a true ability to gather rootsy suggestions, southern vibrations and black music influences in the most confident way. I’m also talking about a special taste (free form, not academic) for the noble classic-rock and mainstream of the Seventies; something hard to find these days. Long Long Road has only 4 songs, but what songs my friends! Get Back Your Own Way is a magnificent electric serenade somewhere between the accelerations of Lucinda Williams and the impudent femininity of Stevie Nicks; When Summer Ends is a true gem of southern rock tension howling at the moon with the intensity of Tift Merrit (the rowdy one of her beginnings, not nowadays formalin mummy); Wish You Away is the perfect synthesis of country-jazz yearnings that would make Norah Jones proud; Lost My Mind (written by Miles Nielsen, who’s also the producer) is today’s status of the art – let’s say it straightaway – of the marriage between American roots and pop melodies. All we have to hope now is that the next effort by Kelly Steward will not be delivered in 2016.”

- Gianfranco Callieri (December 2010) www.rootshighway.it/www.nodepression.com

- Roots Highway/No Depression


"Rock River Times"

Traditional country, with a modern flair

Long Long Road has several elements of brilliance. With an all-star group of players: Nielsen, Dan Pitney, Dan McMahon and Charles Koltak, all four songs are solidly arranged, each instrument mixed to complement Steward’s powerful and textbook voice.

Largely a traditional country effort with enough modern flair to make it significantly timely, Long Long Road hints at what could be the ingredients for a full-length, radio juggernaut. One thing’s for sure: Steward can sing, and she does it with an obvious passion that’s only possible when an artist feels the music and knows what it’s like to live the stories behind it.

Steward penned three tracks, all of which are well written and lyrically solid. Her ability to perform works written by other artists more than comes to life on the fourth tune, “Lost My Mind,” written by Miles Nielsen.
- Jim Hagerty


"Roots Time (Beligium)"

"Als je haar met stijlgenoten mag vergelijken komen er bij ons namen als Patsy Cline, Patty Griffin, Gillian Welch en Tift Merritt voor de geest. Niet de minste, dat beseffen wij ook wel. Maar Kelly Steward behoort werkelijk tot deze categorie van grote stemmen"

"Her style may come to compare to names as Patsy Cline, Patty Griffin , Gillian Welch and Tift Merritt, and at least we know too that Kelly Steward belongs to this category of truly great voices." - Valsam


"Crescent Music and Media"

"I listened to 'Wish You Away' and I have enjoyed it quite a good bit. Your voice just jumped out of the speakers at me. The song and your tone have a great overall feel and sound...The production is really strong as is the performance...Congratulations on exceptional work and incredible talent!" - David Koons


"Beet Cafe (www.beetcafe.com)"

"When listening to the opening track for the first time, it was Ms. Steward’s voice that stuck me first. It brought back memories of sitting with my grandfather on the front porch at his home listening to Patsy Cline. She has a full, strong voice that has a depth of range that shows in each song. In each cut on the EP, her voice is laced with feeling and emotion as she sings."
- Gregory C. Johnson


Discography

2006 EP "Now"
2008 EP "Long Long Road"
March 2012 EP "Out From Within"
Fall 2012 LP "Heartbreak Heart"

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This strong willed Midwest songbird embodies timeless influences that ring out beautifully in her highly nuanced Neo-Traditionalist Country songs. Kelly Steward is a classic singer-songwriter in the vein of Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne and Tift Merritt, and like many singer-songwriters, the trials of life serve as passionate inspiration for Kelly’s songs. Back to the Middle of America after a few storied years in Los Angeles, Kelly recorded her EP “Long Long Road” with producers and fellow musicians Miles Nielsen and Dan McMahon. "Long Long Road" has received much praise all over the world from the U.S. to Europe. Currently she is working on a second EP called “Out From Within”, an intimate piece of work to be released in March 2012 to be followed by her first full length album with her band "The Restless Kind" due to be released in the Fall of 2012.

FOR VIDEOS AND CURRENT TOUR SCHEDULE PLEASE GO TO KELLY'S WEBSITE AT www.kellysteward.com

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