Old Man Kelly on Lambeth Live, Sep 23
350 Emmet St N, Charlottesville on ye olde GPS will get you to the large lot (do NOT use Lambeth Lane or Google Maps). WTJU is located between JPJ Arena and University Ave. Just park in the lower lot, and head up the stairs. WTJU is on the second floor on the central building.
For those unable to be part of the studio audience for this FREE concert, you can also listen around Charlottesville at 91.1 FM, and on-line at wtju.net.
The sound of Old Man Kelly comes broadly from the early days of American roots music: when bluesmen sang from front porches on hot afternoons; when swing bands played dances in speakeasies late into the night; when being an American troubadour was a trade. From his base of operations in the Appalachian Mountain town of Blacksburg, VA, Kelly has worked tirelessly to encourage a renaissance in music that has a history and a place – not a watered-down Americana that could exist anywhere on the Internet, nor a rigid recreation of the past, but original music that demands the listener dig deeper to find its roots in geography and time. As a one-man-band, Old Man Kelly gives a nod to the heyday of vaudeville, powering through original and traditional tunes on guitar, banjo, harmonica, kick drum and high-hat cymbals. And with the full band, Old Man Kelly and the Streetsweepers add piano and upright bass to bring a full-press swing dance party wherever they go. Whether performing solo or appearing ensemble as Old Man Kelly and The Streetsweepers, it’s original music that still sounds familiar. A couple of guitars, a banjo or two, an arsenal of harmonicas, and a whole lot of guts.
A veteran of other recording bands (The Jugbusters, The Don’t Tell Darlings), Old Man Kelly released his first solo album, Songs, Stories, Shanties, and Shenanigans in 2013. The second album, Off My Lawn, came out in June 2016. In the intervening time, Old Man Kelly made over 300 public appearances at bars, festivals, swing dances, square dances, radio shows, house concerts, and on any other stage run by folks who believe that live music has both a past and a future, and that being there matters.