Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is a songwriter, singer, guitar playing noise-maker currently based in Indianapolis. He has toured all over the United States and Europe and showcased his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland. He has released seven albums from 1998-2014. Recent television song credits include True Blood, Justified, Cold Case, Sons of Anarchy, Blue Bloods, Make It Or Break It, Sundance Channel, CMT and HGTV. Film song credits include Sex and the USA and April Moon. Kelly Pardekooper writes songs and tries to treat people well!
"a roots musician who writes some of the sweetest blues-infused, country-fied, American rock music of our time."
- No Depression
“A moody alt-country original.”
- Nashville Scene
"Even though Milk in Sunshine spans his whole recorded career, the album is remarkably balanced without dramatic swings in production or performance. It's a testament to the fact that honesty begets timelessness."
- Little Village
"There’s a secretly famous singer-songwriter lurking in the NUVO office, and he goes by the name Kelly Pardekooper. Sure, by day, he works in the sales department, but on nights and weekends? He’s a star, baby, jetting off to Alaska and Canada and various other exotic (and cold) locales to spin his alt-country tunes. He released a brand new album, Milk In Sunshine, yesterday (it comes on pretty, pretty orange vinyl, in limited quantities) – but it’s not just new songs: since his tunes have soundtracked various prime time shows, including Sons of Anarchy, True Blood and Justified, Pardekooper is releasing 16 bonus cuts of songs previously featured on TV. Milk In Sunshine also includes appearances by vocalist Pieta Brown, guitarist Bo Ramsey and Indy gospel soul singer Stephanie Turner."