- 04 Apr 01
With her superb new album Kelly’s Heroes, SANDY KELLY has established herself as Ireland’s undisputed Queen of Country Music. She has also consolidated her status as an international star of the highest calibre. Report: COLM O’HARE
IF THERE were ever any doubts in the past about the credibility of Irish country artists in the international arena, Sandy Kelly’s latest album, Kelly’s Heroes, will certainly help to redress the situation. For on this ambitious project, she duets with some of the biggest names on the American country music scene.
Living legends like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Chet Atkins and newcomers like Hal Ketchum and Gary Morris, join Sandy on some old and new songs, and the result is a unique collaboration, matching the most popular female country artist in Ireland with some of the best in the world.
The undoubted highlight of Kelly’s Heroes is a duet with the late Patsy Cline on the classic ‘Walking After Midnight’. This was achieved by using the original tape of Patsy’s voice and re-mixing it to blend in with Sandy’s performance. While it could have proved controversial and sensitive, it had the blessing of the late singer’s husband Charlie Dick, who said of Sandy: “On a scale of 1 to 10, I would probably rate her an 11.” Praise indeed!