Song Premiere: Bern Kelly, "Cash in the Basement"

Photo by Michael Butcher.
Musical trends come and go, but strong songwriting is always in vogue. As such, its the guiding principle behind Bern Kelly’s new album, Lost Films, a record that deploys a sweeping array of styles, from power-pop to plaintive folk and reverb-washed Americana. Recorded with an array of the town’s brightest studio pros, including producer Patrick Damphier (The Arcs, Tim Easton, The Mynabirds), steel-guitar legend Russ Pahl (Dan Auerbach, Patty Griffin, Miranda Lambert), drummer Jon Radford (Steelism, Lily Hiatt, Leigh Nash) and bassist Travis Vance, Kelly’s latest record is a community-minded effort, the result of his decade-long tenure as a singer/songwriter in Nashville.
Lost Films (out June 23), was written over the course of three long years during which Kelly mined his own life experiences and honed in on a distinct, dense narrative style; one that he clearly is a master at. This refined sense of craftsmanship can be heard plainly, whether in the huge pop hooks of upbeat rockers like “Win Your Heart,” “Cash in the Basement” and “Julie” or in the devastating lyrical detail of ballads “Last Day of Spring” and “She Keeps Her Light on.”
Today, Ghettoblaster has the pleasure of premiering “Cash in the Basement.” With Kelly quietly polishing his craft for more than a decade now, this song is the sound of a songwriter coming into his own as an expert storyteller.

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