Fantastic Stories!

June 27th, 2021

Bern Kelly tells ‘Fantastic Stories!’ on noir-inspired new album

Nashville songwriter Bern Kelly is set to release his latest album: Fantastic Stories! (June 25th via Underpass Records). This release compiles the singles from Kelly’s pulp-noir and short story inspired monthly singles series that ran from September 2020 to April of this year (as featured on Songpickr’s “Indie Discovery”). The collection includes all eight of the monthly singles as well as a ninth and final song: “Losing Light.” This is also the first new music from Kelly since 2017’s acclaimed album:
Lost Films an

“Instant Classic…9/10,”- Glide Magazine
“Cinematic…an inviting voice that will draw your ear in”- No Depression

The songs were written and produced by Kelly over the past year and feature Ben Dumas (The Wild Feathers) on drums and Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett) on bass and synth. The album and monthly single artwork were designed by filmmaker and designer Jordan Noel (This World Alone).

“Fantastic Stories! finds characters toeing the line of right and wrong in the back alleys of their own lives” says Kelly. “These narratives play out as short stories and include some questionable deeds…both tangible and impalpable. I released each song as a single to focus on the story aspect of each. I wanted to give them their own world for which the listener could delve into. They touch on everything from murder and larceny, to the mysteries of love, with even over-gentrification and ghosts. Hopefully, all while feeling very relatable…..very human.”

Fantastic Stories! will be available on all digital outlets on June 25, 2021.

Track Listing:
1. Tina Walks into the Hardware Store
2. 5 to 10
3. It’s 1988
4. Arcadia
5. Adelaide
6. When Condos Attack
7. Hudson Street Taxidermy
8. Estate Sale Blues
9. Losing Light

Credits:
Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by: Bern Kelly
Drum Set: Ben Dumas
Bass Guitar/Synths: Travis Vance
Mastering: Patrick Damphier
Artwork: Jordan Noel
Photography: Michael Butcher

“Estate Sale Blues”

April 30th, 2021

Bern Kelly to release “Estate Sale Blues” – the eighth and final single of monthly series

Nashville songwriter Bern Kelly is set to release a new single “Estate Sale Blues” (April 30th via Underpass Records). This release is the eighth and final of monthly pulp/noir inspired singles following this year’s: “When Condos Attack,” “Adelaide,” and “Hudson Street Taxidermy” as well as the 2020 releases: “Tina Walks into the Hardware Store,” “5 to 10,” “It’s 1988,” and “Arcadia.” This series of singles is also the first new music from Kelly since 2017’s acclaimed full-length album: Lost Films (“Instant Classic…9/10,” Glide Magazine).

The songs were written and produced by Kelly over the past year and feature Ben Dumas (The Wild Feathers) on drums and Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett) on bass. Each release is accompanied by pulp artwork designed by filmmaker and designer Jordan Noel (This World Alone).

“This collection finds characters toeing the line of right and wrong in the back alleys of their own lives” says Kelly. These narratives play out as short stories and include some questionable deeds both tangible and impalpable. “Estate Sale Blues” was inspired by the time I stopped at a neighborhood ‘Living Estate Sale,’ says Kelly. The person was still alive but selling everything in their home as is. Here we find a lonely and heartbroken ghost who is trapped in his house and also witnessing his own estate sale.”

Eight total singles will release monthly on all digital outlets through April 2021, with a ninth song available on the complete collection: ‘Fantastic Stories!’ which will be available as an album in May ’21.

Credits:

Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by:
Bern Kelly

Drum Set:
Ben Dumas

Bass Guitar/Synths:
Travis Vance

Mastering:
Patrick Damphier

Artwork:
Jordan Noel

Photography:
Michael Butcher

“Hudson Street Taxidermy”

March 30th, 2021

Bern Kelly to release “Hudson Street Taxidermy” – the seventh installment in monthly single series

Nashville songwriter Bern Kelly is set to release a new single “Hudson Street Taxidermy” (March 30th via Underpass Records). This release is the seventh in a series of monthly pulp/noir inspired singles following this year’s: “When Condos Attack,” and “Adelaide, ” and the 2020 releases: “Tina Walks into the Hardware Store,” “5 to 10,” “It’s 1988,” and “Arcadia.” This series of singles is also the first new music from Kelly since 2017’s acclaimed full-length album: Lost Films (“Instant Classic…9/10,” Glide Magazine).

The songs were written and produced by Kelly over the past year and feature Ben Dumas (The Wild Feathers) on drums and Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett) on bass. Each release is accompanied by pulp artwork designed by filmmaker and designer Jordan Noel (This World Alone).

“This collection finds characters toeing the line of right and wrong in the back alleys of their own lives” says Kelly. These narratives play out as short stories and include some questionable deeds both tangible and impalpable. “Hudson Street Taxidermy” is a tale partly inspired by my time living in New York City. People can drift in and out of your life at the most random times, and in this case, in an unpredictable fashion.”

Eight total singles will release monthly on all digital outlets through April 2021, with a ninth song available on the complete collection: ‘Fantastic Stories!’ which will be available as an album in May ’21.

Credits:

Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by:
Bern Kelly

Drum Set:
Ben Dumas

Bass Guitar/Synths:
Travis Vance

Mastering:
Patrick Damphier

Artwork:
Jordan Noel

Photography:
Michael Butcher

“When Condos Attack”

February 26th, 2021

Bern Kelly to release “When Condos Attack” – the sixth installment in monthly single series

Nashville songwriter Bern Kelly is set to release a new single “When Condos Attack” (February 26th via Underpass Records). This release is the sixth in a series of monthly pulp/noir inspired singles and the second of 2021 following January’s “Adelaide,” and the 2020 releases: “Tina Walks into the Hardware Store,” “5 to 10,” “It’s 1988,” and “Arcadia.” This series of singles is also the first new music from Kelly since 2017’s acclaimed full-length album: Lost Films (“Instant Classic…9/10,” Glide Magazine).

The songs were written and produced by Kelly over the past year and feature Ben Dumas (The Wild Feathers) on drums and Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett) on bass. Each release is accompanied by pulp artwork designed by filmmaker and designer Jordan Noel (This World Alone).

“This collection finds characters toeing the line of right and wrong in the back alleys of their own lives” says Kelly. These narratives play out as short stories and include some questionable deeds both tangible and impalpable. “When Condos Attack” is a small love story tucked into a larger story of over-development…which has invaded my own city of Nashville and plenty of others across the country. Our characters find themselves trying to re-visit their meeting place which has been replaced with a hastily-built and over-advertised new condominium.”

Eight total singles will release monthly on all digital outlets through April 2021, with a ninth song available on the complete collection available as an album in May ’21.

Credits:

Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by:
Bern Kelly

Drum Set:
Ben Dumas

Bass Guitar:
Travis Vance

Mastering:
Patrick Damphier

Artwork:
Jordan Noel

Photography:
Michael Butcher

“Adelaide”

January 29th, 2021

Bern Kelly to release “Adelaide” – the fifth installment in monthly single series

Nashville songwriter Bern Kelly is set to release a new single “Adelaide” (January 29th via Underpass Records). This release is the fifth in a series of monthly pulp/noir inspired singles and first of 2021 following 2020’s releases: “Tina Walks into the Hardware Store,” “5 to 10,” “It’s 1988,” and “Arcadia.” This series of singles is also the first new music from Kelly since 2017’s acclaimed full-length album: Lost Films (“Instant Classic…9/10,” Glide Magazine).

The songs were written and produced by Kelly over the past year and feature Ben Dumas (The Wild Feathers) on drums and Travis Vance (Thomas Rhett) on bass. Each release is accompanied by pulp artwork designed by filmmaker and designer Jordan Noel (This World Alone).

“This collection finds characters toeing the line of right and wrong in the back alleys of their own lives” says Kelly. These narratives play out as short stories and include some questionable deeds both tangible and impalpable. “Adelaide” is a story of self-destruction. It can sometimes be a battle fought on many fronts and one that never has a clear winner.”

Eight total singles will release monthly on all digital outlets through April 2021, with a ninth song available on the complete collection available as an album in May ’21.

Credits:

Written, Performed, Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by:
Bern Kelly

Drum Set:
Ben Dumas

Bass Guitar:
Travis Vance

Mastering:
Patrick Damphier

Artwork:
Jordan Noel

Photography
Michael Butcher