Nolan McKelvey & the civilian contemplation corps
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"Review of "After the Roses""


Americana UK review

Nolan McKelvey & 33 “After the Roses”
1. (Independent 2005) Review by Jeremy Searle -AmericanaUK
Sparse, simple and seductive country. The thought of a solo album by a band’s bass player is often not one to gladden the heart. So it’s a somewhat unexpected pleasure to find Nolan McKelvey’s “After the Roses”. Late of Boston’s folk/country Benders, it’s his second album and a fine effort, in a generally, but not exclusively, languid and aching vein. The opening notes of lead-off track “Starry Eyed and Blue” recall Justin Rutledge with uncanny verisimilitude. There’s the same sparseness, the same slow, measured vocals, with just a hint of despair. And the opening line “The wind in the limbs sings hymns to you” reveal McKelvey to be a lyricist of similar skill. Using a sailing trip as metaphor for life, it’s a beautiful, slow building, hymnal song. There are more tracks in the same style, and to the same standard, scattered across the album (“After the Wine”, “Embers and Ashes”) but McKelvey doesn’t limit himself to just one thing. “Aim is True” is laced with dobro in true country style, while he does rather good country-pop too with “Fallin” and particularly “Sundress” (written by erstwhile bandmate Bow Thayer), whose chorus is as irresistible as anything you’re likely to hear any time soon. His music is simple and unadorned, with nods to classic Fifties country and bluegrass (The Benders forte), well produced (by McKelvey) and excellently played by various Boston scene luminaries and friends.

- Americana UK

"Review of Nolan Mckelvey and 33"

Nolan McKelvey and 33
Nolan McKelvey
Those who follow Boston's thriving alt-country/folk music scene may be well aware of Nolan McKelvey's estimable talents as a member of the band The Benders, but the rest of the country ought to recognize the name with the release of his first solo album.
Back in Arizona after his four-year stint in New England, McKelvey's finally establishing himself as a solo artist. With a voice somewhere between Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman and Pinmonkey's Michael Reynolds, McKelvey's 12 tracks range from an atmospheric, brooding O'Kanes' sound to something straight out of the Burrito Brothers' book of early country rock.
There's catchy, upbeat cuts like "Cheers to the First Snow," which old fans from his early stomping grounds in Flagstaff, Ariz., will relate to and solid honky tonk numbers like "Step Out."
The album bears a simplicity in both its recording and McKelvey's songs. It's easy to get to know his music, and once it becomes familiar, it's like finding a new friend.
- Rick Bell

- Country Standard Time


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Nolan McKelvey "The Sound of the Crash -2007
Muskellunge Bluegrass "Pickin in the Pines" 2008



Those who follow Boston’s thriving alt-country/folk music scene may be well aware of Nolan McKelvey’s estimable talents as a member of the band The Benders, but the rest of the country ought to recognize the name with the release of his solo album... (Country Standard Time).


The Newport Folk Festival (Rhode Island), Fred Eaglesmith Festival (Vermont), Campfire Festival (Massachusetts), Fall Bluegrass Festival (Arizona) and Telluride Bluegrass Festival (Colorado). Opened for Bob Dylan, Greg Brown, Bela Fleck, Richard Buckner, Tim O’ Brien, Jack Johnson, Odetta, Derek Trucks, Peter Rowan, Alison Brown, Pat Green, Los Lobos, Catie Curtis, Cheryl Wheeler, Sugarland, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, North Mississippi Allstars, Billy Currington and many more.

Over 40 CD’s working with the likes of Levon Helm (The Band), Dana Colley (Morphine), and Paul Q. Kolderie (Uncle Tupelo, Pixies, Throwing Muses, Radiohead, Warren Zevon).


Live performances on Nationally Syndicated World Café and Nashville Bluegrass Breakdown. Air play in United States, Spain, The Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, United Kingdom and Czech Republic.


Nolan’s bands were nominated for 7 Boston Music Awards, with The
Resophonics winning a BMA in 2004. The Benders were nominated Best Roots
Band by the Boston Phoenix. Onus B. Johnson won a F.A.M.E. award, and was voted Flagstaff’s best band 3 times. Nolan has been named Best Songwriter twice (FlagLive!).


No Depression # 38, 46, 56. Country Standard Time, Northeast Performer, Dirty Linen, Americana UK, Boston Globe, Boston Phoenix, Boston Herald, The Metro, The Noise(Boston), Flaglive!, Soundcheck Magazine, Insight Magazine.