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Songwriter Irene Kelley Releases Bluegrass Collection

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Pennsylvania CoalVeteran Nashville songwriter and small town Pennsylvania native, Irene Kelley, will release her first new collection of original songs in more than 10 years on February 11, 2014. The new bluegrass full-length album -- Pennsylvania Coal (Patio Records) -- is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain, the album features many contemporary roots and bluegrass music giants such as Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Trisha Yearwood and others.

Listeners continue to discover Irene's music: an authentic mix of country and bluegrass with tinges of folk and Americana distinguished by her sweetly tempered voice, always backed by cracker-jack players. Earning her place in the Nashville pantheon, her songs have been recorded by prominent artists, including Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Rhonda Vincent, 2013 IBMA Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, and others.

First New Collection in more than 10 years Featuring Special Guests Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Trisha Yearwood, and others

Longtime music critic Michael McCall wrote her breakthrough CD, Simple Path, presented, "thoughtful songs with a grace that effectively conveys the tenderness of their message-filled material." No flash in the pan, no diva-belting -- this is music that lasts -- a warm, clear voice singing timeless new bluegrass classics. As one of the 12 tracks on the album notes, it gets even "better with time.

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