Steve Leggett of All Music Guide referred to George Stephen Kelly thusly: “A fine slide guitarist, Kelly is also a careful and literate songwriter, somewhat in the John Hiatt vein... … an artist and writer to watch.” George's writing has also been compared with Van Morrison and Mark Knopfler.
A long time sideman who’s played in just about every kind of joint there is from Maine to Montana, in recent years George set out to record his own songs in the music Mecca of Detroit. He has produced two albums, the critically acclaimed Lucid Intervals in 2004 (under the name George Kelly) and The Power, The Glory & The Monkey Time in 2016. He also contributed a track to the compilation record Fins, Chrome and the Open Road - A Tribute to the Cadillac, in 2005. The collection featured many blues luminaries, including Charlie Musselwhite, Maria Muldaur and one of his heroes Jimmy Hall.
George plans to release lots of new music in late 2020, featuring a smorgasbord of styles: blues, country, Americana, Zydeco, gospel, ballads and more!
George Stephen Kelly will be eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2029. He is not currently planning a speech for that event. On the plus side, his late bloomer start as a solo artist virtually guarantees he will never be a nostalgia act.
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