Georgia Clay

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After releasing three pop discs, including Almost Honest in 2005, Josh Kelley is banking on his rural Georgia background and country-influenced singer/songwriter style on his debut country album. If his rugged, soul-infused voice sounds a bit familiar, thank his brother, Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley. Two songs on the album, “Ain’t Lettin’ Go” and “Georgia Clay,” were co-written by the brothers. The title track finds Josh waxing nostalgic over a 1977 Chevy Silverado. Unfortunately, it sounds too familiar to be gripping. “Ain’t Lettin’ Go” is a musical mea culpa to a woman he loves. Josh fares better on sentimental songs such as “Baby Blue Eyes” (written with Lee Brice) and “Naleigh Moon,” an ode to his daughter in which he reveals, I couldn’t see past me until I saw you. He’s got honky-tonk covered, too, with the laid-back “Rainin’ Whiskey.” Overall, Josh’s sound boasts enough twang to keep it country and enough soulful passion to keep things interesting.