Just started a weekly casual gig on Tuesdays at Mickey’s Tavern in Madison. An ancient place that has been a tavern since stage coach days. Should be cool for summer and keep me close to home. A great dive vibe. I’m hoping to pull some old and new friends into this thing…that’s all I got planned for summer.

My good friend Sandy Dyas has just released her first book of photography called Down to the River. The book also has a CD companion with one of my tracks and it’s a great document of my friends and hometown music scene. We’re going to do a release show for the book July 28th.

That’s about it…some nice new reviews below. You can buy my albums on this website, Miles of Music, CD Baby, iTunes etc…or catch me hanging too much on KP MySpace.

Have a great summer.

Iowa, Nashville, and Madison have all harbored plenty of fine roots-rockers and singer-songwriters, but Kelly Pardekooper (who has ties to all three) gets some national radio airplay and European tour dates because he’s got a quiet strength and versatility all his own. Currently based in Madison, Pardekooper’s built up a sturdy career over the past decade, from the gravelly roots-rock of his 1998 debut “30-Weight”, to the wonderful, ethereal ballads on “Brand New Bag”, officially released last month. It’s a refreshingly humble yet ambitious record that reveals it’s force after a few patient listens, especially on the swooning, noise-laced “Sometimes.”

the Onion: July 2007

If there’s any truth to the title (track) of “Brand New Bag,” the fifth studio album by Iowa City native and singer-songwriter Kelly Pardekooper, we could be seeing the expanse of Pardekooper’s artistry and his hidden abilities as a first-rate roots rocker. In the past, we’ve championed Pardekooper’s alt-country and folksy ways - both of which continue to inspire on tunes like “Crazy Girl” and “Mehaffey Bridge” and a series of closing ballads like “Forsaken,” “Quiet Tonight,” “Grandma’s Rosary” and “Sleep Now Angel,” respectively. But it’s the swagger of Pardekooper’s breathy vocals and the danger of producer-guitarist Teddy Morgan’s slashing guitar on Cracker-meets-the-Rolling-Stones alley-rockers like “Brand New Bag” and “Someone Cries” that steal the show and keep this CD in my weekly rotation. Pardekooper has shown flashes of rock brilliancy, but never with this amount of verve.

- Cityview, Des Moines, June 2007

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