Exclusive Album Stream: Irene Kelley — Pennsylvania Coal

Juli Thanki | January 31st, 2014

PennCoal-cover-photoBorn and raised in Pennsylvania coal country, Irene Kelley is a gem of a singer-songwriter. On February 11, this coal miner’s granddaughter will salute her home state with Pennsylvania Coal her first new collection of original songs in more than a decade.

Now based in Nashville, Kelley’s work has been recorded over the years by artists like Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, and Trisha Yearwood. Yearwood herself appears on Pennsylvania Coal, contributing backing vocals to “Better with Time;” other guest artists appearing on the album include Carl Jackson, Stuart Duncan, and Dale Ann Bradley.

It’s still quite early in the year, but Pennsylvania Coal seems bound to be one of the best bluegrass records of 2014. Stream it below.

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  1. Ramcey
    January 31, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Many of us have been waiting a LONG time for this one and Irene did not disappoint! It was worth the wait. :)

  2. Janice Brooks
    January 31, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I will be covering this

  3. Vicky Wasmund
    February 4, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    Irene Kelly is the complete package. Loved her
    sound!

  4. Bruce
    February 5, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Wow. Great singing and instrumentation. More this please!

  5. Randy
    February 12, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    We first had the pleasure of hearing this lovely and very talented lady at Tin Pan South in Nashville. This CD is just great and should indeed be one the top bluegrass CDs of the year. For those of you just now being introduced to her should go back and hear her orevious CDs – they are terrific, This may be her very best work!

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