• 33 N. Uncompahgre Avenue, Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery, Montrose, CO 81401
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  • Presented By: Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery
  • Dates: June 6, 2024
  • Time: 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM
  • Price: Advance Reserved Seat $25 • $30 Day of Show
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Healthy Rhythm Music Series presents "IRENE KELLEY: LIVE AT HEALTHY RHYTHM" • Thursday evening, June 6th, 2024, at Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery in historic downtown Montrose, Colorado!

Reserved seats are $25 per person. $30 Day of Show. You can purchase online at This is a ticketless event.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Parking is available.

Irene Kelley began her journey as a professional musician in a rock band at 15, but when she brought a Dolly Parton album to band rehearsal one day, she was fired on the spot. It was, perhaps, the best thing that could have happened to her.

When Irene Kelley permanently left her native Pennsylvania to move to Nashville in 1984 , she brought along her guitar, a handful of original material, and a love for traditional and bluegrass music. She was signed to MCA Nashville’s country division and two singles were released, and they both charted on Billboard. Irene then took some time to focus on writing music and raising her two young daughters. During this period, she enjoyed success as a songwriter and scored cuts for artists such as Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood & others.

Fast forward to 1999 when Kelley decided to record an indie record, “Simple Path” for Relentless Nashville. This garnered her several invitations to appear on the Grand Ole Opry. Upon her first performance on the Opry, country superstar, Alan Jackson happened to be listening to the show from his truck radio and promptly called Irene’s publisher to ask if he could record her song, “I’m A Little Bluer Than That” for his upcoming Drive LP. He also asked if Irene could put a harmony vocal on the track. More than three decades later, Irene has assumed her place in a long line of great American songwriters.

Irene then released four more full length indie albums, 3 of which are bluegrass and her latest, “Snow White Memories”, features an all-star cast of players, singers, and co-writers. The album was co-produced with her daughter, Justyna Kelley and features 2 songs of which all 3 Kelleys are singing. The album has garnered 4 number one singles for multiple weeks on the Bluegrass Today singles chart.

Music historian Robert K. Oermann sums up her great gifts this way: “As a vocalist, Irene Kelley glows with beauty and expressiveness. As a songwriter, she shines with a luster that few of her peers can match. This is music to cleanse the soul. This is music to raise you up. This is music to touch your heart.”

“A Little Bluer Than That” Alan Jackson, Drive – BMG
“Hold Her”, Loretta Lynn, Still Country – Audium
“O, Mexico”, Trisha Yearwood , “Thinkin About You” – MCA
“Second Chance”, Trisha Yearwood, Inside Out – MCA
“Cold All The Time”, Bill Anderson, What I Feel – indie
“Somewhere Between Texas And Mexico”, Pat Green – Universal/Mercury/Republic
“Thin Blue Line”, Irene Kelley/Jerry Salley from the album, “Front Porch Philosophy on Very Jerry Records
“Times A Crooked Thing”, Trinity River Band – Orange Blossom Records
“His Memory Walks On Water”, Bradley Walker – Gaither Gospel Series
“Need Someone” Claire Lynch, “Dear Sister” – Compass Records
“Feels Like Home” Peter Cooper, “Opening Day” – Red Beet Records
“Don’t Waste My Time”, Little Big Town – SONY
“Not So Different After All”, Brother Phelps – Asylum Records
“You Are A Rock (And I’m A Rolling Stone)”, Carl Jackson – CBS
“Jesus Rock My Baby”, The Whites – Curb Records
“Silver and Gold”, Claire Lynch – Rounder Records
“Love Can’t Ever Get Better Than This”, Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White – CBS (Sony) & Curb
“Run To the Well, Virginia”, Stevens Sisters – Little By Little – Rounder
“Scorns of Time”, Allan Hall – Curb
“You’re Gonna Need This Memory”, Pierce Pettis, Great Big World – Compass
“Sure Do Miss You Now”, Pure Prairie League, All In Good Time – Drifters Church
“Keep My Love There While I’m Gone”, Claire Lynch – Lovelight – Rounder
“Jealousy”, Claire Lynch, Silver & Gold – Rounder
“A Couple Hundred Miracles”, Will Kimbrough – Wings
“Highway”, Claire Lynch – Whatcha Gonna Do – Rounder
“Second Chance”, Katrina Elam- for the WB film, “A Pure Country Gift”
“Wishes Do Come True”, Tommy Womack – Now What – Indie
“My Pretty Song” & Just Passin’ Through”, Lisa Oliver-Gray – Dedicated to Love, Indie
“The One I Love”, Justyna Kelley – Over the Moon – Indie
“Fall Into You”, Justyna Kelley for the feature film: Never Back Down 2
"Movin' On", Rhonda Vincent - Timeless and True - Rebel

Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (HRAG) is about Art and Music. The Gallery affords diverse individuals a user-friendly space to create, exhibit, and sell a variety of artwork. The Gallery, located in historic downtown Montrose, Colorado, also serves as an intimate Live Music Listening Room for nationally and internationally touring musicians.

Healthy Rhythm Music Services (HRMS) is the second arm of Healthy Rhythm Creative Group. The mission of HRMS is to Identify, Manage, Enhance, and Promote independent nationally and internationally touring musicians who have a deep commitment to a career in music.

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There are no refunds or exchanges for this concert. All sales are final. The only exception to this policy is if an event is cancelled. In the event of cancellation, purchases will be honored when the concert is rescheduled. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled event, your purchase will be refunded at the point of service minus any fees that may apply.

Photograph courtesy of Jason Lee Denton ©