Swearingen & Kelli
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Cold-Hearted Truth, the third album from Nashville-based duo Swearingen & Kelli, bridges the gap between modern-day Americana and the classic sounds of 1970s singer/songwriters. It’s the pair’s most collaborative album to date, merging the talents of two artists – both of whom enjoyed acclaimed solo careers before partnering up for Swearingen & Kelli’s 2013 debut – into a singular sound filled with close harmonies, swooning pedal steel, gospel piano, analog production, and storytelling both autobiographical and character-driven.
Recorded in a series of live takes with Grammy Award-winning producer Mitch Dane, Cold-Hearted Truth is a collaboratively-written album rooted in honesty. The songs draw inspiration from the bandmates; personal lives and family histories, spinning stories about coal mine towns, southern nights, humble beginnings, and romance. They also shine a light on Swearingen & Kelli’s raw, onstage chemistry, sharpened over the years via a long stream of shows in symphony halls, opera houses, living rooms, and clubs. Inspired by the rebels and old-school icons of country music – including Kris Krisofferson, Lucinda Williams, Emmylou Harris, and Buddy Miller – Cold-Hearted Truth is a classic album for modern times.
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