Kimberly Kelly was a new country artist name to me. Just in the week in which she was releasing her album I’ll Tell You What’s gonna Happen, I received her new songs as a promotion package. The album will be available from 8th July 2022.
Kimberly Kelly – About The Artist
Kimberly Kelly is a Texas native from the city of Lorena, a 1,700 people place between Dallas and Austin. Moving to Nashville, she ran into Brett Tyler, who is a songwriter and producer. Nowadays, they are married. In 2018, he helped her to released her EP Don’t Blame It On Me. The 2022 album title relates to a quote by Billy Joe Shaver to Waylon Jennings, “I’ll tell you what’s gonna happen. You’re gonna either listen to these songs or I’m gonna whip your ass.”
Kimberly Kelly – I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen – Track by Track
The twelve song album lasts 42 minutes.
1. Honky Tonk Town
The first stop of this 12 song itinerary takes us to Honky Tonk Town. The boots are moving to the stomping rhythm, the fiddle is even more present than the cool guitar chords. Yeehah, this town is made for a nice partying – and leads to a good opener to Kimberly Kelly’s album.
2. Some Things Have A Name
After the rather rocking, modern party track, Some Things Have A Name feels to be rather the opposite. The sound is rather classic and slow. Nice work on the steel guitar and good songwriting as well. Good songwriting, even though it feels hard to imagine that these two tracks are in fact performed by the same artist.
3. Summers Like That
Summers Like That is one of three songs Kimberly Kelly already presented as single releases. The song is a rather modern 3:33 minute mid-tempo track. It beautifully focuses on Kimberly’s voice. A pleasant listen, which could have a bit more character.
4. Why Can’t I
Why Can’t I is a really nice country listen with some nice pop influences. The song comes with a very fluent vibe, but also has a nice melody. Why can’t I stop, oh baby, loving you? is what Kimberly is asking in the chorus? I am sure that this song attracts feelings on the opposite side as well.
5. I Remember That Woman
The fifth songs starts in a very quiet, almost campfire atmosphere. However, some more instruments are added to the acoustic guitar, fiddle and vocal sound. Still, a song made to hold on and simply listen to its story.
6. Blue Jean Country Queen (feat. Steve Wariner)
A nice proof of the nice connections of Kimberly Kelly and her family is that collaboration. I guess there are not too many artists around, who have (at the time of writing) just some 50k streams on Spotify over all songs, but already worked with a four time Grammy Award winner. This rather traditional sound with beautiful guitar and fiddle melodies has been a single release already – but so far just attracted less than 7,000 listeners. It definitely deserves more.
7. Don’t Blame It On Me
If you like traditional-style country songs, which don’t feel too outdated, I suggest to give Don’t Blame It On Me a chance. This song is not loud, it does not fight for your attention – it is just a really pleasant listen.
8. Forget The Alamo
Forget The Alamo feels to turn back time even by quite a bunch of additional years. The song is well-arranged, though. Thus, when Kimberly Kelly is asking you to Forget the Alamo, remember me, I guess she really has a chance after this 3:39 minute listen.
9. Person That You Marry
The album stays at a slow, ballad-alike style. This track might be rather simple regarding its melodic style and complexity, but I just love to listen to Kimberly Kelly and the way she is presenting the lyrics. Very nice one in my point of view.
10. No Thanks (I Just Had One)
The tenth song is a typical small bar stage country song. Would love to listen to it (and to Kimberly) at a small venue. Traditional style arrangement again, even though it feels a bit more modern than some of the tracks before.
11. First Fool In Line
I know I shouldn’t love you
From the way we say good-bye
And I know that there are others
With tears for you still in their eyes
But if I thought that you were all me
I wouldn’t waste any time
I’d be the first fool in line.
Nice lyrics, beautiful arrangement with a gentle, slightly kitschy melodic background. Overall, the song has a really beautiful atmosphere. One of my favorites on I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen.
12. Black Rose
Regarding the rest of the album, Black Rose is a rather dark and rocking track. I like Kimberly Kelly in that style. Nice way to finish the album.
Kimberly Kelly – I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen – Spotify
Here is Kimberly Kelly’s album on Spotify:
Kimberly Kelly – I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen – My View
No doubt, I’ll Tell You What’s Gonna Happen is a nice listen. I like the very different styles of the songs, the very professional arrangement around the stories. Something is still missing to lift Kimberly Kelly’s music to the very top level, but you will have an enjoyable listen with the Texas lady.
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