50-Weight

Kelly Pardekooper

Going back to my home state roots, 50-Weight was recorded in a rural Iowa barn studio June 1-4, 2018 at Flat Black Studios. Producer and guitar wizard hats are again worn by Iowa City friend Bo Ramsey (Best known for producing and playing guitar on Grammy nominated Lucinda Williams and Greg Brown albums). Mixed in Nashville by George Bradfute, 50-Weight is pure Americana-Iowa roots music that moves from pretty to pissed on a dime. Enjoy the ride!
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City At Night

Kelly Pardekooper

Produced in Bloomington by Paul Mahern, City At Night marks Kelly's first Indiana sounds. Recorded mostly live in an old converted church studio with Indy ringer band mates Thom Woodard, Steve Pruden and Mark Cutsinger, City At Night keeps cooking Kelly's unique rock, blues and country gumbo. "Whisker Brain" was featured on the CW show Supernatural and "Silver & Gold" was featured on the FX hit show Longmire.
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Milk in Sunshine

Kelly Pardekooper

Milk in Sunshine is a massive 24 track release that begins with eight new songs recorded in Iowa City with John Svec, Eric Straumanis and Matt Winegardner. 16 bonus cuts used in film and television are also included. The new songs feature guest vocal appearances by Iowa prairie stomper Pieta Brown and Indy gospel queen Stephanie Hunter. The title track "Milk in Sunshine" was featured on the hit Netflix show Virgin River.
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Yonder

Kelly Pardekooper

Yonder was produced by guitar master and fellow Iowan Bo Ramsey. Recorded mostly live by John Svec at Minstrel Studio in Iowa City, Yonder captures Kelly delivering heart on the sleeve Los Angeles inspired songs. Bo Ramsey sizzles leading the ace rhythm section of Marty Christensen and Steve Hayes. Mixed by the late great Tom Tucker. Album artwork features an original hand sketching by the uber talented Gene Flores. The title track "Yonder" was featured in hit shows Longmire and Justified.

“After a five year break from recording music, Yonder was very much the journey from the plains of the Midwest to the big city bright light heartbreak of Los Angeles. Looking back now, I lost my way for awhile and you can probably hear that struggle on this album.” - KP
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Brand New Bag

Kelly Pardekooper

Recorded and produced in East Nashville by guitar-slinger and partner in vibe Teddy Morgan. Released by Dutch indie label Sonic Rendezvous, Brand New Bag was tracked to 2” analog tape at Teddy's Barrio East garage studio. Gorgeously packaged with the original artwork of Gene Flores, Brand New Bag travels from lush to rock to folk to alt-country seamlessly and effortlessly. "Crazy Girl" was featured on the hit CBS show Cold Case and "Brand New Bag" was featured in the film Sex and the USA.
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Haymaker Heart

Kelly Pardekooper

A year in the making, Haymaker Heart documents Kelly’s musical journey from Iowa City to East Nashville. This near double album was his most ambitious work to date and a wonderful genre hop from the alt-country of his previous two releases. Still plenty of roots on this 20 track opus, but some lush pop/rock goodies as well. An all-star cast of veteran musicians including Dave Moore and Teddy Morgan lend their talents to this album produced by KP and John Svec. "Draw the Line" was featured in the Nicolas Cage film Vengeance! Seven songs from this album have been featured in film and television.
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House of Mud

Kelly Pardekooper

Produced by Teddy Morgan and Kelly Pardekooper, House of Mud marks the creative/touring collaboration of these two artists. Released by Iowa City indie label Trailer Records and German label Trocadero Records, House of Mud was recorded by day while playing at night as the weekly house band at Margaritaville in Key West, Florida. Jimmy Buffet’s Shrimpboat Sound Studio hosted the recording sessions September 7–10, 2001. Musically diverse, the album travels through rock, pop, raw blues and naked folk. Teddy Morgan and Bo Ramsey cook on all things stringed while backbeat all-stars Atom Robinson and Matt Winegardner hold these Pardekooper originals together. "Can't Go There" was featured as theme music on the hit HBO show True Blood. "Drown in Alcohol" was featured on the hit CBS show Blue Bloods.
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Johnson County Snow

Kelly Pardekooper

Kelly Pardekooper & the Devil’s House Band are born on this David Zollo produced album. Released on Iowa City indie label Trailer Records. KP, Dustin Busch, Atom Robinson and Matt Winegardner made up this popular Iowa City band circa 1999/2000. JoCo Snow is out and out twang-n-bang rock-n-roll. Guest appearances by Bo Ramsey and Marty Letz highlight this lively and energetic album. "Fly on the Wall" was featured on the hit HBO show True Blood.
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ARCHIVE

Kelly Pardekooper

ARCHIVE is a seven song charity EP that was recorded with Paul Mahern producing in Bloomington, Indiana over the course of four days in October 2019. A few new songs and a few older songs that I just couldn't let disappear:) CD and Download sales from this EP are going to United Action For Youth in my Iowa City hometown. A great non-profit organization where I did my first recordings when I was young. I had a ball making this little EP. It gave me a chance to get a little headphone reverb weird again and revisit the spare, loose and live recording style that first inspired me many years ago in my Iowa basement. Anything you can do to help spread the word about this charity project is much appreciated. Thank you! Gracias! Danke! Merci! 감사합니다
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