Kelly McCartney , Staff Reviewer

Having won prestigious literary competitions in both grade school and junior high, Kelly McCartney attended college with a Scripps Howard Foundation scholarship, earned a BA in Journalism, and interned at Entertainment Tonight. She then started her career in 1989 as a personal assistant to celebrity types like Susanna Hoffs (Bangles) and Adam Horowitz (Beastie Boys). Over the past 25 years (and counting), Kelly has tackled almost every role in the music business -- except artist -- working with folks like Vonda Shepard, Shawn Mullins, Jill Sobule, Melissa Ferrick, Boingo, JD Souther, Steven Delopoulos, Tracy Bonham, Natalia Zukerman, and more. 

At some point in there, Kelly got back to her roots, combined her loves of music and writing, and became a freelance "expert" for AllMusic.com penning album reviews and artist bios for Sheryl Crow, Dixie Chicks, Sarah McLachlan, Indigo Girls, Shawn Colvin, David Gray, and many more. Shortly after, she joined the Velvetpark magazine upstarts and authored interviews with the likes of Joan Osborne, Patty Griffin, and others.

Kelly currently contributes to No Depression, Cuepoint, Folk AlleyPopMatters, Curve, NoiseTrade, NPR Music, and the Bluegrass Situation, interviewing and reviewing artists including Annie Lennox, Lenny Kravitz, Ani DiFranco, Brandy Clark, OK Go, and many more. On the side, she is still consulting with artists, while also collaborating with some wonderful musicians on a multi-media theatre series and developing a couple of music-related video projects.

Twitter: @theKELword
Website: theKELword.com

Posts that Kelly McCartney has contributed.

Born Again

Article

Born Again

Sweet Freedom

Article

Sweet Freedom

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: For the Love of It

Live Review

Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires: For the Love of It

Jason Isbell at City Winery Nashville on Tuesday, December 29, 2015

The Orphan Brigade: Soundtrack to a Ghost Story

Article

The Orphan Brigade: Soundtrack to a Ghost Story

Texas Forever: That's What Songs Are For

Live Review

Texas Forever: That's What Songs Are For

Hayes Carll at City Winery Nashville on Friday, October 2, 2015

Brandi Carlile Makes Her Own History at Ryman Auditorium

Live Review

Brandi Carlile Makes Her Own History at Ryman Auditorium

Brandi Carlile on Saturday, October 3, 2015

Greatness Never Fades

Live Review

Greatness Never Fades

Jonatha Brooke at City Winery Nashville on Sunday, August 30, 2015

Magnetic and Magnificent

Live Review

Magnetic and Magnificent

Ruby Amanfu at the High Watt on Saturday, August 29, 2015

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