On July 13, 2021, Irene Kelley will release her NEW rollicking Appalachian-influenced “WILD MOUNTAIN STREAM” (IRK Records) to radio stations worldwide. The new single will be available for sale on all digital platforms and via IreneKelley.com on July 16, 2021.
During the pandemic, Irene Kelley turned to nature to relieve her cabin fever. She explains, “making trips to East Tennessee and the Smokey Mountains on occasion was one thing that was doable and kept me sane. The mountains and the beauty there has always been a huge inspiration to me, most notably the running waters, raging rivers, and cool clear streams. “I brought the title and idea to Billy Droze and Terry Herd during one of our Zoom writing sessions. It was only after maybe an hour later that we had the song completed. The musicians and Justyna & Ronnie's background vocals brought the song to a whole new level of beauty. I hope everyone enjoys the musical arrangement and the mountain imagery.”
A Pennsylvania coal miner’s granddaughter, Irene Kelley went from singing lead with the bluegrass band Redwing to Nashville and a pair of major label singles. While her performing career didn’t take off back then, her songwriting career took flight. An exceptional co- writer, she had her hand in songs recorded by Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Little Big Town, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Darrell Scott, The Whites, the Osborne Brothers, and Bill Anderson. Returning full speed to bluegrass with 2014’s acclaimed Pennsylvania Coal, her solo career finally soared, establishing as a well-rounded bluegrass vocalist and performer as well as a foremost songwriter.
“Without giving away too much of what's in store,” Kelley says of this follow up to Benny’s TV Repair and its 5 #1 songs, “I have the title track written for the album but have not yet recorded it. I can say that Justyna Kelley and I wrote it, and it has a winter theme. This ought to make for a frosty album cover. Stay tuned. This next album will have a lot of sentiment.”