Iowa City native Kelly Pardekooper is an Americana/Rock Singer-Songwriter. He put down roots in Indianapolis in 2012 after stints in Nashville, Madison and Los Angeles. He has released eight albums and toured all over the US and Europe, showcasing his songs everywhere from SXSW in Austin to the Take Root Festival in Holland. Television song credits include True Blood, Justified, Blue Bloods, Sons of Anarchy, Cold Case, Chicago Fire, Longmire etc. Film credits include Vengeance (Nicolas Cage), April Moon and Sex in the USA. Kelly Pardekooper writes songs and tries to treat people well!
A roots musician who writes some of the sweetest blues-infused, country-fied, American rock music of our time. - No Depression
While you might not know the name, you most likely have been among the millions of people who have heard his songs, thanks to shows like True Blood, Sons of Anarchy and Justified. - No Depression
Kelly’s bad-ass, roots music was a perfect fit for True Blood! - Gary Calamar, True Blood Music Supervisor
The reason Kelly’s music appeals to me is a visceral one. You can actually feel the pain and struggle as well as the self reflection in his music. Not unlike a great painting, Kelly’s music is something that grabs you by the chest and says LISTEN TO ME. - Bob Mair, Black Toast Music Publisher
Whether he’s doing the indie rock thing or the country rock thing or the singer/songwriter thing, Kelly Pardekooper writes lyrics that ring so authentic and true it gives you goosebumps and his latest album, Milk In Sunshine is his best yet. - Americana Music Show
Even though Milk in Sunshine spans his whole recorded career, the album is remarkably balanced without dramatic swings in production or performance. It’s a testament to the fact that honesty begets timelessness. - Little Village