Title - 'It Don't Come Easy' (Badge Music Group)
Artist - Gabriel Kelley
It Don't Come Easy, the debut album by Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gabriel Kelley, has just been released this July from Badge Music Group - and is truly a work of musical art. The 10-song collection was produced, engineered and mixed by Grammy®-award-winner Neal Cappellino and features a stellar group of musicians backing up Kelley's vocals and acoustic guitar work.
Supporting Kelley, a native of rural Georgia near Athens, on the tracks are some of Nashville's finest players: Brad Pemberton and Jon Graboff (both formerly of The Cardinals), Dave Jacques (John Prine, Shelby Lynne), Gabe Dixon, Bekka Bramlett (Fleetwood Mac, Joe Cocker) and the legendary Reggie Young (Elvis Presley, Dusty Springfield).
Recorded live to analog tape to achieve a vintage aesthetic, It Don't Come Easy kicks off with 'How Come.' A vibrant piece, and one that showcases Kelly's vocal charms off the bat, it is followed by 'Faith,' a song that story tells as it flows over you; inspiring you at the same time.
Next is the sorrowful title track, the piano-fused 'When Is Enough,' and then comes the tuneful beauty 'Only Thing To Do.' A track that is easily one of my favorites on this wonderful album, it is backed by 'In Your Loving Arms,' a very soulful musical plea, before the harmonica-driven 'See You Comin.'
Then comes the gentle acoustic guitar twang of 'Goodbye, Jesse,' before the album is rounded out with the storytelling of 'These Old Green Hills' and then the stillness of 'Holding Me Down.'