Not familiar with Paul Kelly? I admit I wasn't until I began researching the legend. The singer/songwriter career spans over 30 years, beginning in his late teens. He traveled extensively in Australia before settling in Melbourne where he quickly made a name for himself. He soon signed to a label began releasing a steady stream of albums through the present. Although only having a cult following in the US, the troubadour is known worldwide, often selling out large theaters and halls. Rolling Stone’s David Fricke called Kelly “one of the finest songwriters I have ever heard, Australian or otherwise.”
From his US press:
An extensive CD re-issue campaign of his entire non-A&M releases will kick off this summer and run through 2014. Gossip became Kelly’s first U.S. release on A&M Records, which also issued his Under the Sun and So Much Water So Close to Home. Those albums won him reams of stateside critical acclaim, while expanding his loyal U.S. fan base. Kelly continued to stake out new territory on such subsequent releases as Comedy, Wanted Man, Deeper Water, Live at the Continental and the Esplanade, How to Make Gravy, Words and Music, Nothing But A Dream, Ways & Means, Foggy Highway and Stolen Apples. He also branched out stylistically with Smoke, a rootsy collaboration with the Australian bluegrass combo Uncle Bill, as well as an eponymous experimental dub-reggae album recorded as part of the techno-groove ensemble Professor Ratbaggy, and most recently a self-titled album as a member of the studio band Stardust Five. A These titles will be released digitally as well, at the same time their physical counterparts are released (many of which have long been out of print, or never released, in America).
In addition to his recording and touring career, Kelly has explored a varied array of other creative pursuits. His interest in aboriginal issues has led him to collaborate with aboriginal songwriter Archie Roach and the multicultural group Yothu Yindi. He wrote songs for, and acted in, the Australian stage play Funerals and Circuses, and has provided music for numerous Australian movies and TV shows, including award-winning scores for the films Lantana, One Night the Moon and Jindabyne. He’s also written songs for several other Australian artists, and was the inspiration for the tribute album Women at the Well, on which 14 female artists performed interpretations of Kelly compositions.
We are very fortunate that PK is making a stop in Pgh. It's the late show at Club Cafe on Saturday and begins at 10p. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased here. You can find more information about PK at these links:
YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/paulmauricekelly