Roots /Americana is a label that many artists are squeezed into, but we should of course listen to every artist on their own terms. Kelley Hunt has an identity that is found in blues/roots/gospel traditions and this is the sixth release from an artist that deserves special attention.
Blessed with a voice full of real depth, rich expression and power, her songs are steeped with a soulful emotion and her skill at the piano is the perfect accompaniment for her special talent. However, she crosses boundaries, and has a refreshing approach to song writing.
Simplify is a fine song that counsels us to strip back our lives and get back to the basics. The title track is full of insight and thoughtful reflection on the things that are important in the world and in our relationships. Miracle is a song of hope and having the faith to carry on and Let It Rain is a real standout, with a message to embrace the individual gifts that we all receive.
I Want You There is a sweet soulful love song that could have come straight off a Bonnie Raitt record, as could the two opening tracks, This Time and Golden Hour, that rock out of the gates with real swagger. This is a fine collection of songs and comes highly recommended.