The shadow cast by the city of big shoulders is a shade where a certain imagination gets ignited. Perhaps it’s all the train tracks that harken back to when Chicago was truly freight handler to the nation, sending catalog dreams speeding over steel to far off corners of the country.
Aaron Kelly grew up thinking big and making plans, and wondering where those trains were going to. Falling under the influence of Townes Van Zandt, John Prine, and Jack Kerouac, his songs aren’t too dissimilar from those crates and packages of the last century. They carry the promise that something good is coming. These are songs meant to ease a burden and bring a smile, carefully crafted and made to last.
Aaron has been featured by American Songwriter Magazine, and released Barefoot and Bottomed Out, his first solo album, in 2016, after zig-zagging across the country for the last 7 years with his band, Overman.
* words by Michael Scott Sumrak
Aaron Kelly Band “Boys in the Band”
Aaron Kelly & Friends – “Pink & Blonde” at Council Hill Station
Aaron Kelly & Friends – “Come On (Too Strong)” in Galena, IL
Aaron Kelly Orphan Video
Aaron Kelly – “Fourteen Diamond Rings” at Moe’s Tavern, Chicago