Based in the east side of Columbus, Ohio, Miller-Kelton plays a lyrical style of country-rock that explores the strange wilderness of American culture. Julia O'Keefe's bittersweet vocals float over a powerful rhythm section, alternately celebrating and lashing out at a world that has lost its mind. Slashing guitars light up the freeway, while the band crashes ever onward to an uncertain salvation.
The band's critically acclaimed first effort, Goodbye Cindy, offered a folk-tinged, minimalistic set of stories, focusing on OíKeefeís singing and the bandís trademark vocal harmonies, and garnered national and international air play. For its second album, Tip-Top, MK recorded live in the studio to reflect their electric guitar driven live shows. The result is a driven, churning set of songs evoking life in Driving Park and the Hudson Corridor, described by fellow Singing Moon artist Robert Loss as "a seething expose of Americaís false faces."
Reviews for Miller-Kelton:
"a veritable one-act play of pathos and interpersonal drama underneath the albumís surface." -- Rick Allen, The Other Paper
"Julia OíKeefeís voice is as smooth, powerful, and heartfelt as that of mountain singers I heard at camp meetings years agoópitch-perfect, resonant, and ripe with holy zeal." -- Wanda Wasserman-St. Louis, The Mindful Bard
"..inspired, current songwriting. The charismatic singer Julia O'Keefe is the trick and pivot" -- Munichís Country Music Jukebox
"The female vocals are wistful, like Jill Sobule or a less jazzy Norah Jones." -- Indie-Music.com
MK has received world-wide radio play, including Stone Cold Country, Yarra Valley FM 99.1 in Australia, Ray Pieters' Somewhere Between†on Golden Flash Radio in Belgium, WGOE†(Mike Chenault)† from Richmond, Virginia,†Honky Tonks and Heartaches Show in Melbourne, Australia, Country Roads in Victoria, Australia, Baybreeze Country in Queensland, Australia,† Radio Free Americana, Acoustic Edge 89.1 The Wood, KCLC St. Louis, Shayne Hollinger's "The Vault" in Stephenville, Texas, ECMA Radio/Archangel's Music Corner†in†Maria Enzersdorf, Austria, Peelgrass Radio in the Netherlands, BRTO Radio and Alex de Vries' "Country Trail" in the Netherlands, Triplestrand Productions, Crazy Joe's Country Jux Box in Vienna, Austria, DJ Filip's Country Ways in Cachtice, Slovakia, TLC on the New Zealand Country Music Network,†Matamata and Te Atatu (which has been playing us like crazy -- luv ya!), Yvonne Bartle's A Country Corner in Pitt Town, Australia, AmericanaOK Radio,† Dave McCrory's Coffee Break in Nambbucca Heads, Australia, The Upper Room with Joe Kelley and Gi Dussault in Fairfield, Connecticut, Country Music Jukebox in Munich, Germany, Radio Tonkuhle in Lower Saxony, Germany, DJ Ottic's Alooga Media and Ottic FM in Sinzig, Germany and CD101 in the glistening metropolis of Columbus, Ohio.†