Nashville-based singer-songwriter Bern Kelly delivers a solid set story songs with his latest, Lost Films, due June 23rd. Recorded with an array of Music City’s players, including producer Patrick Damphier (The Arcs, Tim Easton), steel guitar legend Russ Pahl (Dan Auerbach, Patty Griffin, Miranda Lambert) and drummer Jon Radford (Steelism, Lily Hiatt, Leigh Nash), Lost Films is a collection of ten songs that are sonically varied, yet bonded by their detailed, meaningful narratives which play out like vivid mini-movies in your imagination as you listen.
Lost Films begins with "Unsold," a heartland rocker about the struggles of moving forward that's fueled by chugging guitars and percussion, from there the album flows seamlessly into "She Keeps Her Light On" whose delicate, dreamy melody brings that always welcome swell of emotion to the chest and "Cash In The Basement" an out and out roots rocker a la Tom Petty.
Throughout the album, Kelly demonstrates his ability to look at familiar life events with fresh eyes - whether it's forgiveness, as in "Garage Sale" a beautifully atmospheric duet which features Elise Davis (whose 2016 album The Token was a personal favorite), revenge in the noir "Sin #2", or trying to understand loss in the wrenching "Last Day of Spring" - making his stories accessible to both head and heart.
Lost Films is rounded out with the upbeat, 70's accented ear grabber "Win Your Heart," the reflective, drifting "Forever Alone" and the jangly-pop goodness of "Julie."
Lost Films may be a week or two too late to make the mid-year best-of lists, but it will undoubtedly be on many a list (including mine) at year's end. To purchase Lost Films, visit HERE.