This CD “Every Sunrise” by Canadian based Kelly Pettit is sure to one day be remembered as one of the classic good timing Americana CD’s of recent time. Its pure rocking Americana-Country magic the way it used to be, full of cautionary tales, and a passion for life and life on the road. All of this describes Pettit to a “T”, So who is Kelly Pettit anyway? He’s a Canadian based singer-songwriter who draws on life experiences from both the interior and exterior vantage point.” His narrative lyrics and sincere performances offer an unobstructed view into the heart of an artist who embraces each moment. Pettit is originally from Vancouver, Canada but has surfaced in many different places musically — notable Japan is one of his musical hotbeds. One thing that impressed me about Pettit is a recent FUEL songwriting contest he took home a $200.000 purse for his efforts. Do I Have your attention yet?.
From the first seconds of Track 1”Perfectly Beautiful” to the final moments of “Road to London” Every Sunrise pretty much hits on all cylinders with a fun musical landscape full of power and happy go luck overtones. One thing that impressed me the most about this album/band is the sheer impassioned folk vibe one gets. There’s an Americana ambience that really sucks in the listener. The CD is professional grade any way you look at it — very professional with a Nashville aftertaste. The instrumentation and tones give you that genuine feel of good music and writing from a generation ago. It also has a solid feel reminiscent of Country music popular in the early nineties as well. Pettit reminds me of Jesse Malin, Justin Townes Earle, Wilco, Neal Casal, and Jason Isbell. Despite this I can also hear more modern Lifehouse, Howie Day, Vertical Horizon and even Bryan Adams. All members in his band are solid musically. Kudos goes out to the amazing songwriting and superb vocal feel from Pettit. Indeed there’s a reason why he won that FUEL Songwriting contest mentioned earlier. I always said you can sell what you don’t truly believe, Here Pettit captures lighting in a bottle that will ring true not only for older more experienced listeners but new ones as well.
My favorite tracks: “Every Sunrise”, “Perfectly Beautiful”, “You and I” and “Gonna’ Have Days.”
“Every Sunrise” wraps up a well rounded 11 track set that delivers an interesting cross section of classic Americana Folk-Rock, and Classic Country-Pop. Despite this it is accessible to modern day listeners as well. How is this possible? Only an experienced artist armed with an honest, genuine, sincere approach can pull it off. Pettit is also backed up by some solid players and co-writers, a solid production instinct via his brilliant musical mastermind.
Purchase Link: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/kellypettit3
Score — 9/10 Stars
Posted by Adrian Porter edited by Janne Zawa