You Used To Live Here

Kelley Mickwee

CEN, 2014

REVIEW BY: David Bowling


Kelley Mickwee, Jamie Wilson, Savannah Welch, and Liz Foster came together in January of 2009 for a one time performance at a tribute concert for Savannah’s father, Kevin. The concert appearance led to the birth of the Trishas. Known for their Americana music and beautiful harmonies, the Trishas formed one of the more talented and interesting Americana bands of the past five years. Now on hiatus, Kelley Mickwee has struck out on her own and will soon issue the seven track album nbtc__dv_250 You Used To Live Here.

Mickwee has wisely decided to accentuate her strengths with her first solo release. She recorded the album in Memphis, which is a place that fits her style and approach to music. She has surrounded herself with a tight band consisting of keyboardist/guitarist/husband Tim Regan, pedal steel player Eric Lewis, drummer Paul Taylor, and bassist Mark Edgar Stuart.

She was a principal songwriter on the Trisha’s 2012 album High, Wide And Handsome. She continues to produce good songs here and co-wrote five of the seven tracks. The biggest change is the vocals. Her voice has moved in a soulful and even gospel direction at times, which brings a new dynamic to her music and creates a wonderful fusion with her Americana and country roots.

“River Girl” is taken from the Aretha Franklin style of music. It would have also fit on Dusty Springfield’s classic Dusty In Memphis. The lyrics form a connection to the city of her birth but the vocal is of the gospel storytelling style.

Mickwee used her time with the Trishas as a jumping off place for this diverse group of performances. “Beautiful Accidents” is a beautiful ballad that meanders along, while “Hotel Jackson” is filled with sexual innuendos that country music loves so much. The two cover songs, John Fulbright’s “Blameless” and Eliza Gilkyson’s “Dark Side Of Town,” return her to her storytelling roots.

You Used To Live Here is an auspicious debut album from Kelley Mickwee. She has taken her time in the Trishas and not only learned from it but expanded upon it as well. This is a solid album from an artist who will hopefully continue to develop.

Rating: B

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