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Mountain Fever Records is proud to release Irene Kelley's "Benny's TV Repair" to radio broadcasters worldwide.
Benny's TV Repair features the talents of Adam Steffey (mandolin), Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Mark Fain (bass), and Steve Cropper with a special appearance on electric guitar.
Polishing off the incredible musicianship is Irene's beautiful voice with guest vocalists, Carl Jackson, Jimmy Fortune, Dale Ann Bradley, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Justin Kelley, Jerry Salley, Wayne Southards, and Ronnie Bowman.
In addition to these fantastic artists, Kelley is joined by highly revered co-writers on this project. They are: Steve Cropper, David Starr, Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Salley, Terry Herd, Bobby Taylor, Billy Stewart, Justin Kelley, Bob Rea, and Bill Whyte.
The album was recorded at Creative Workshop and the Historic RCA Studio C, both in Nashville. The engineers were Steve Chandler and Eddie Gore, respectively. Justyna Kelley also assisted in the production. It was mixed and mastered by Aaron Ramsey at Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA.
More about Irene Kelley:
Irene Kelley’s love for country music runs deep. She remembers hearing it for the first time in her dad’s basement TV repair workshop as a young girl. That music in her family home resonated in her soul, so when Irene started writing songs on her own, she already had a head start. At 15, she began her journey as a professional musician in a rock band, but when she brought a Dolly Parton album to band rehearsal one day, she was fired on the spot. It was, perhaps, the best thing that could have happened to her. Fast forward to 1981 when Jerry Williamson asked her to move to Huntington, West Virginia to join the bluegrass band Redwing. She found herself fronting the band as the lead singer and playing some pretty big festivals, not the least of which were Bill Monroe’s Bean Blossom and Tarheal Festivals and the Carter Family Homeplace in Bristol, Virginia.
Around the time she started her bluegrass career, Irene recalls being at Ralph Stanley’s Hills of Home Festival in McClure, Virginia, and hearing Larry Sparks sing “John Deere Tractor.” She recalls that it inspired her to use a pay phone at the festival site to call home. “I got a bunch of change and called my mom and held up the phone and said, ‘Mom, listen to this song. It is so good!’ I was just so excited and had to share with my mom. A little homesick too, no doubt. All of that experience had such a big influence on my musical life. So much rich inspiration for a fledgling songwriter.”
She maintains that same excitement today and now shares it with her children. In fact, daughter Justyna just finished adding a harmony part to Irene’s single, “Something About A Train Sound” (11/2018).