Kelcy Mae | Pennies in Hand

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Pennies in Hand

by Kelcy Mae

Combining traditional southern bluegrass and country instrumentation with an independent rock sound, these songs hit a pitch perfect balance of alt rock/alt country that is striking and melodic, as well as lyrically and poetically bold and unapologetic.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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1. Your Two Faces
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2. Moonshiner
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3. Mr. Leopold
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4. Down to the River
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5. Pennies in Hand
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6. Under Those Trees
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7. Too Late
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8. Take Your Time
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9. How Long Before You've Rounded the World?
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10. Carnivale
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11. The Youngest Ones
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12. Let's Walk the Tightrope
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13. Enough for Two
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Album Notes
Kelcy Mae is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and lives in New Orleans. Pennies in Hand is her second album. One of Kelcy’s great strengths as an artist lies in her subtlety -- beautifully-nuanced lyrics and arrangements which reflect that very notion of human emotions. She leaves simplistic odes to love or lust or heartbreak to other artists and instead dwells in the fascinating space of sudden realizations and complicated reactions. Such deft lyricism and sense of timing are on display from the word go, as the album opens with a stripped down bluesy version of her song “Your Two Faces” which melts into track 2, a gorgeous cover of “Moonshiners,” an old Irish standard performed over the years by the likes of Bob Dylan, Uncle Tupelo and Cat Power. The title track, "Pennies in Hand" is a moving rumination on the effects of time and change set to a deceptively-catchy hook and melody that sweeps the listener along. By the time the song ends with a return to the ukulele-led refrain, Kelcy Mae’s shining voice has achieved a beautiful paradox – strong enough to span mountains, yet at the same time delicate as a bird’s wing.


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Sunday Parker

A Lyrical Tour de Force
Pennies in Hand by Kelcy Mae is an album with the uncanny ability to pummel your heart while assuaging your ear. A lyrical tour de force with the velocity to carry any listener from New Orleans to Dublin and back again, this album has been in my CD player for months!

Denise Gresens

Pennies in Hand by Kelcy Mae
Beautiful songs that touch the heart. Great lyrics and muscial orchestration.