New Lane Road

New Lane Road

by Josh KelleyJosh Kelley


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After scoring with the John Mayer-esque pop of "Amazing" and the upbeat country of "Georgia Clay," Josh Kelley has decided it's time he bared his soul to us all. For his eighth album (and first for Sugar Hill), 2016's New Lane Road, Kelley has taken a detour into singer/songwriter territory. The album delivers a dozen personal songs about love and family with a feel that's half-Nashville and half-Laurel Canyon. Kelley has said that he was listening to a lot of vintage Eagles and Jackson Browne material while recording the album, and it's not hard to hear the influences. Kelley even soaks up traces of Browne's vocal inflections on tracks like "Call It What It Is" and "I'll Be Standing Tall." If this music favors Kelley's country side, the mood is laid-back and contemplative. Most of the time, Kelley has relationships on his mind. "It's Your Move" and "Call It What It Is" don't make such things sound easy, but "The Best of Me" and "Cowboy Love Song" suggest it's all worthwhile. "Take It on Back" shows the man loves soul music, and he cuts a pretty convincing groove with the goofball funk of "Anywhere You Wanna Go." Many of the songs on New Lane Road cover familiar lyrical tropes, but Kelley brings a warmth and sincerity to this music that's honest and effective. And Kelley certainly sounds more comfortable singing about the glories of married life than he did trying to fit into the boundaries of mainstream country. New Lane Road is a few steps short of a triumph for Josh Kelley. But it's strong and well-crafted enough to sound like he's found a direction that works for him, and this ranks with the singer and songwriter's best work.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/22/2016
Label: Sugarhill
UPC: 0888072390775
catalogNumber: 39077
Rank: 157786

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Kelley   Primary Artist,Organ,Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Bass,Mandolin,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Lap Steel Guitar
Gary Morris   Pedal Steel Guitar
Bruce Bouton   Dobro,Steel Guitar
Jimmy Mattingly   Fiddle,Percussion
David Goodstein   Drums
Randy Kohrs   Dobro
Troy Lancaster   Electric Guitar
Adam Zimmon   Electric Guitar
Keaton Simons   Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tommy Harden   Drums
Steve Shuffert   Electric Guitar
Jeffrey Roach   Synthesizer,Piano
Alan Chang   Piano
Steven Sheehan   Acoustic Guitar
Steve Bryant   Bass
Jan Ozveren   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Tommy King   Organ,Piano,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Erik Kertes   Bass
Darwin Johnson   Bass
Jesse Greene   Strings

Technical Credits

Danny Wilde   Composer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Jesse Valenzuela   Composer
Jamie Tate   Engineer
J.J. Blair   Engineer
Josh Kelley   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Whistle
Alan Chang   Composer
Sean McConnell   Composer
Jan Ozveren   Engineer
Charles Kelley   Composer
Rachel Thibodeau   Composer
Kyle Jacobs   Composer
Clint Lagerberg   Composer,Engineer
Tommy King   Composer
Kevin Dean   Engineer
Ben Glover   Composer
Jason Sever   Composer
Eva Reistad   Engineer

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