Kelly Pardekooper (from the album 50-Weight available on Leisure Time Records)
The politics of oil play across a story screen of “Bloody Gasoline” as Kelly Pardekooper opens his recent release, 50-Weight, by throwing words bombs at companies digging in the sand for liquid gold. The snaking guitar line in the song shifts moods when 50-Weight heads “Downtown” on a dreamy melody, scratches at the door to make an exit on ragged guitar strums and the admissions of a man who reads the room as “No Place for Me” as Kelly Pardekooper tosses out guitar notes that sparkle as they lazily play tag with a dedicated groove that ambles moodily over “Pretty on the Inside”.
Kelly Pardekooper does the math for 50-Weight, the number marking twenty years since his debut album, 30-Weight. Album number nine for Kelly Pardekooper displays the many audio colors he has collected to paint sound on his songs as “Anything” shuffles with a Country gait while tender chords quiet to line the distance between today and the past with tumbling memories for “Call My Mom” and fields questions to pass the time waiting on love’s curtain to fall one last time in “Long Goodbye”. Produced by Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), 50-Weight was recorded in a rural Iowa barn. Kelly Pardekooper rocks “Baby” on a honky tonk beat and makes a vow in “Love Her So” on a slowly spinning waltz as 50-Weight arrogantly defends a lack of problems as it waves a flag of racial pride with “Lily White”
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