Released April 7th, 2016 with a record release show at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, THE WAYSIDE debuted at #7 on the Euro-Americana radio charts, hit #4 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album chart, and has continued to impress: “Beautiful music with stunning, delicate vocals. Made with such a high sense of good taste. With hundreds of new releases each year, there are maybe ten or twenty magical moments. The Wayside is one of those moments.” – Mike Penard, Radio France. “McRae is the real deal, bringing some rare depth to the newschool Americana genre.” – New York Music Daily. “Kelley can do no wrong. This latest cd, The Wayside, shows Kelley rising to her amazing potential.” – New Folk Radio. “GREAT, GREAT, GREAT. Such nice guitar playing, such nice vocals and such beautiful songs.” – Jan Willem Bos, Delta Rhythm. “The Wayside will propel an excellent Kelley McRae to the top of the charts” – Martin van der Laan/Country Stew/Radio Compagnie. “This is pure magic.” – Hans de Boer, Radio Loco Americana.
Released Sept. 15th, 2012, BRIGHTER THAN THE BLUES details a life on the road, from a glorious meal in New Orleans to a drive through the yellow hills of California, but musically, the album draws from McRae’s Mississippi roots. The album was recorded in Knoxville, TN in an old stone house dubbed “The Castle”, where Kelley and Matt spent the winter after 9 months touring across America. With microphones rigged from a chandelier in the Castle’s great room, the duo recorded and engineered the entire project themselves. The result is an album that delivers 11 stripped down tracks of heartfelt Americana in the vein of Patty Griffin and Lucinda Williams. McRae says the album sounds a whole lot like her live show. “We tried to keep it simple. Live, we have two guitars, two voices and some stomping, and that’s about it. I really wanted to capture the spirit of the live show.”