Northern Minnesota folk artist Kelley Smith is a hopeless romantic who fancies old poetry and grandpa sweaters. All at once whimsical and haunting, she transports her listeners into a “realm of enchantment both beautiful and sorrowful.” Smith delivers vulnerable, deeply affecting lyrics with wry charm, expressive finger-picking, and a voice like a visitor from the past.
A mother of four, Smith leaned into her musical roots a bit later in life, teaching herself guitar and banjo after the kids were in bed. Raised in the woods by musicians, she’d always had music in her bones, but it wasn’t until she was 40 that her first record, Moon Child (2022), came to be. As an insomniac, Smith wrote this first batch of songs by moonlight. They evoke a sense of belonging, juxtaposed with escapism, as she croons about long-term love, grief, and her draw to the night sky. ”Her authentic, rootsy sound, falling somewhere between country, folk, bluegrass and old-time music, is a pitch-perfect vehicle for the themes she explores...” - Adventures in Americana