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Show #034: Shelby Kelley

By: Darrin Snider (darrin at indyintune dot com)
Friday, March 27, 2009 7:30:00 AM

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One of the cool things about doing this show is going out to cool remote locations, enduring the bewildered stares and questions of people who are not yet podcast-savvy, and annoying the audiophiles and broadcasting professionals who think I should be locked in a booth somewhere with sound-cushioning foam on the walls and speaking in deep, over-enunciated tones.  For those of you "get" the idea of organic media -- and who keep track of the background ambiance for each show, or occasionally come out to watch a recording session -- the echoes, slamming doors, and clanking dishes this week are courtesy of the Fountain Diner on the outskirts of downtown, where I haven't recorded since meeting Gentleman Caller there almost three years ago.  The only difference is, this time instead of space-cadet headsets, I've got nice, big microphones on big black stands.  I'm not sure which is stranger-looking, but the microphones do a much better job of picking up the background. 

Someday, I'll be brave enough to try to record in the bowling alley.

This week's guest, Shelby Kelly, is a very talented singer/songwriter who first cut his teeth in the alternative/underground rock band Creepin' Charley and the Boneyard Orchestra, a long-time staple at the Melody Inn, Radio Radio, and most of the popular clubs in the city.  His first solo project, Alone, is about as far from that particular brand of music as you can get.  The eight track CD showcases Shelby's talents as a lyricist and singer who is full of passion, wit, and charm.  Not quite folk, not quite rock and roll -- but accessible to both audiences -- these songs will appeal to any fan of good music, solid vocals, and poetic lyrics.  

Links referenced in the show:    

    Shelby Kelley can be found here: MySpace.  
  • Check out his "band," Creepin' Charlie, here: Myspace / Web Site
  • In addition to his music, Shelby is also a talented artist.  Check out samples of his art work here: MySpace, or on the cover of Otis Gibbs' latest CD.
  • His first CD, Alone, is available at his shows.  You can catch him soon at the Indianapolis Songwriters Cafe (who can be heard on Show #032), or at Birdy's Live with Mandy Marie on April 28th opening for the Dexter Romweber Duo (a great band out of North Carolina whose name we butchered during the show).
  • If you are an out-of-towner, you can purchase the CD by emailing "shelbykelleymusic at gmail dot com" 
  • At one point, I made a comparison between Shelby and punk poet Patrik Fitzgerald -- more in tone, style, and perception than any actual musical similarity, I suppose.  There was some interest in learning more about Patrik, who is stall an active musician.  Some of his work can be found here: MySpace / Web Site / Unknown Soldier Biog.
  • During the interview, we get thrown off when Ryan "Sweaty B" Williams walks by the window next to us.  Ryan hosts the Indianapolismusic.net Podcast which has a slightly larger circulation and much slicker production values than this show. 
  • Registered members of Indy In-Tune are eligible to enter and win a copy of "Alone," graciously donated by Shelby Kelley.
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