About

With a rafter reaching voice and crazily charismatic stage presence, Kelley Swindall has toured the country solo with her fiercely unique sound, for the better part of the decade. Equally at home in a biker bar or under a proscenium arch, the Georgia born/NYC based artist seamlessly blends classic country, blues, roots, and folk.and instantly became a songwriter is almost a country song in itself. But that’s the dark miracle of heartbreak.

A born storyteller with a sensibility that’s both hilarious and heart-on-sleeve sincere, her songs posit strong personalities against a world of misogyny, heartbreak, and hilarious absurdity; celebrating resilient spirits in all their flaws and prowess.

Part Patsy, Part Dolly, and all Heart, her idiosyncratic debut studio  album, You Can Call Me Darllin’ If You Want, drops September 18, via East Village based Velvet Elk Records.

The Oldest of 7 children, born in Atlanta, and raised in Stone Mountain, Georgia, Swindall grew up in a strict conservative, Christian household & School, where her exposure to secular culture and music was limited. “Christian, Country, & ‘Oldies, that was pretty much it. My Dad loved  Kris Kristofferson, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash, and by proxy, so did I. He’d play ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’ on the way to church every week. I now appreciate the humor in that. My dad was a funny guy.” She cites Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, Alabama, Jewel, & Amy Winehouse as later influences. 

A storyteller with a sensibility that’s both hilarious and heart-on-sleeve sincere, the characters in her songs are strong female leads nursing heartbreak and breaking hearts, and boldly defying the docile image of Southern femininity that she grew up with.  “I was raised in a culture where i was taught to “be nice”, “don’t make a fuss”, and “don’t act out”, especially when it came to men. I think it’s a Southern lady thing: smile and be gracious, always act like you’re okay, even when you’re not. I think it was my songwriting that helped me realize it’s not only okay but it’s necessary to be open, honest and real, especially with those emotions & desires that might  be deemed “unsavory” . To express how you’re really feeling and what you want and need, doesn’t make you crazy or needy , It just makes you human.” 

Without an official single let alone a studio album released, Swindall’s impressively amassed a cult following, almost exclusively on the road, where she tours and performs as a solo artist.  You can also catch her with her band, at one of her regular headlining shows at East Village haunts, Berlin & 11th Street Bar. She’s opened for the likes of David Allan Coe, Aaron Lee Tasjen, & Joseph Arthur, dueted with Wheeler Walker Junior,  and has just finished a Southern Run supporting Jesse Malin & Tuk Smith.

Stay tuned for her first single and accompanying music video “California”, a Charlie Chaplin meets Easy Rider meets Thelma & Louise road movie, shot on location over 3 hectic days in New Orleans & Austin.