For the Ride Home [Bonus CD]

For the Ride Home [Bonus CD]

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by Josh Kelley

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This repackaged version of Josh Kelley's enjoyable debut, For the Ride Home, includes a bonus disc with two new songs and acoustic versions of the original album's singles. For his part, Kelley can't outrun the sensitive, Southern, and delightfully disheveled singer/songwriter comparisons -- the young Mississippian's in line behind John Mayer at Dave Matthews' bar.


This repackaged version of Josh Kelley's enjoyable debut, For the Ride Home, includes a bonus disc with two new songs and acoustic versions of the original album's singles. For his part, Kelley can't outrun the sensitive, Southern, and delightfully disheveled singer/songwriter comparisons -- the young Mississippian's in line behind John Mayer at Dave Matthews' bar. Like those guys, Kelley counts producer John Alagía (Mayer's Room for Squares, Matthews' Crash) in his corner. He also sports a similar flair for phrasing and first-person confession, especially on Ride Home's "Angeles" and "Travelin." Kelley's sound can tend toward the bland -- "I Saw You" is like a highway exit with 14 enticing yet utterly homogenous fast-food offerings. However, dollops of Kelley's homespun charm do keep things interesting enough. Opener and lead single "Amazing" is an upbeat, dizzy number warmed by Kelley's husky, expressive vocals and an organ solo; the song's similarity to Jason Mraz's "Remedy (I Won't Worry)" isn't surprising -- Alagía produced that one, too. But that's all right. For the Ride Home ends up succeeding for some of the same reasons Mraz and Mayer did -- like them, Kelley has a disheveled friendliness that's hard to resist. He's a top-shelf road-trip conversationalist, looks great in a wrinkled oxford, and settles comfortably somewhere between sensitive and upbeat. His five o'clock shadow never gets to ten, and he's looking at you with amusement over the lip of his coffee mug. While lighthearted material like "Perfect 10" and the single are pleasing enough, it's actually the quieter material that's most promising here. "Amen" is an elegiac number that suggests, well, Seal, while the arrangement for emotional standout "Home to Me" is wisely pared down to Kelley's faintly cracking vocal, an acoustic guitar, and a pretty wash of atmospherics. As for the bonus disc, "Solid Ground" might be the better of the two new songs -- its smooth phrasing, classic structure, and tastefully warm instrumentation are reminiscent of underrated Irishmen Del Amitri. The acoustic material is strong too; "Small Town Boy" features a subtly gorgeous supporting harmony, and "Amazing" proves equally addicting in a rollicking front-porch state. Cool piano solo, too.

Product Details

Release Date:
Hollywood Records


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Josh Kelley   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,kabassa,Wurlitzer
Michael Andrews   Ukulele,Lap Steel Guitar
John Alagia   Synthesizer,Guitar,Accordion,Tambourine,Background Vocals,Bells,Sampling,Ebo,Vibes,Shaker,Toy Piano
Tom Freund   Bass
Ben Peeler   Synthesizer,Banjo,Accordion,Electric Guitar,Lap Steel Guitar
Dave Yaden   Synthesizer,Piano,Hammond Organ,Clavinet,Wurlitzer
Matt Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Eddie Miller   Engineer
John Alagia   Producer
Mark Jackson   Producer,Engineer
Jeff Juliano   Engineer
Josh Kelley   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming

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For the Ride Home 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album has some great up tempo beats such as Amazing and Travelin that will have you tapping your feet at home or in the car. His musical influence from his favorite artist such as Paul Simon, James Taylor and Dave Matthew have made him become a wonderful and talented musician. I love his voice and how his songs give off this wonderful, southern charming feel. Simply put: His album is great and its definitely not a disappointment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I listened to Josh Kelley’s debut album “For the Ride Home,” I was literally amazed by “Amazing.” Also, I liked the message of “Everybody Wants You,” which essentially consists of Josh telling himself not to forget where he came from, not to get star struck by fame. Here is a boy from Georgia with folk pop roots that entertain immensely. You can hear his Southern influence in “Angeles” and fully appreciate his ability to create musical mood in “Faces.” Overall, his mellow guitar riffs and soulful lyrics make for a joyful and relaxing experience reminiscent of John Mayer or Jack Johnson. If you like these kinds of artists, you should definitely try Josh Kelley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i absolutely love this cd, haven't taken it out of my cd player since i got it. it's quite mellow, but there is a mix of different sounds that keep it interesting throughout the whole cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Do you like good music?? Then you want to know about Hollywood Records hot new artist Josh Kelley. The album debuted on June 3rd and climbed 33 last week alone. Tracks like “Amazing” and “I Saw You” (my personal favorite) have been very well received by fans of quality soft rock music. Josh takes inspiration from timeless artists such as Stevie Wonder and Dave Matthews and that’s noticeable in this album. He adds a fresh country sound that meshes well with his soft rock style. I would totally recommend this album to guitar-loving, fans that can really appreciate great music when they hear it. If you love great live shows and you’re going to be in LA area you want to check out Josh and the Goo Goo Dolls at the House of Blues on September 10th and 11th and keep your eyes open for his tour with Jewel beginning September 20th.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Achingly nostalgic, surprisingly upbeat, and completely melodic, Josh Kelley’s debut album “For the Ride Home” picks you up for the journey and captures your mind indefinitely until its end. The whole album reminds me of its fourth track, an “Old Time Memory,” but overall it blends an incredible new pop, rock, folk, and almost countryesque feel that seems literally unreal, literally “Amazing”. For a take-with-a-grain-of-salt comparison, think Dave Matthews born in the South and raised on John Mayer’s tunes and maybe grits (but that I suppose is a whole other story). This home-grown Georgia boy manages to be profound and entertaining at the same time, conquering a vast landscape of tempos and moods in his trip towards self-expression. Listen and you’ll love Josh Kelley.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh’s debut album “For the Ride Home” is an exquisite acoustic blend of country, pop, rock, and folk. He has a number of quality tracks including the single “Amazing” and one of my personal favorites “I Saw You”. The album has a very constant sound, yet there is enough variation between songs to keep one into the music. The album delivers exactly what the title suggests a wonderful blend of music that would be perfect to drive home with, especially over the upcoming holiday season. I would recommend this album to anyone who is a fan of “chill”, acoustic music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This cd, like the first track, is definitely "Amazing!!!" Every song is enjoyable and you'll just listen again and again. Josh Kelly is a wonderful singer. Hold this cd up to your ear and you'll hear "And the Grammy goes to..."
Guest More than 1 year ago
josh kelley's cd is amazing. i've been a fan of his for a while and i am glad that it has finally been released. anyone who enjoys john mayer or dave matthews so look him up. he has an incredible voice and in-depth lyrics. my favorite song is home to me. check this cd out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Kelley's For the Ride Home is now one of the favorites in my collection. His voice and style are really smooth. This CD is a must have.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Kelley is the best best best! I love his cd. It's all I have been listening to since I got it. Anyone who is into good easy listening music should buy this cd. It's better than any other cd. Literally.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Honestly I think Josh Kelley has an amazing voice! It's both soothing and entertaining. I think in the future he is going end up with a very high number of fans...and he will deserve them all! Wow would be my best way of describing his voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh brings a new meaning to the same sound we've been hearing for a while from artists such as Dave Matthews and John Mayer. He will likely be compared to them, but he is a talent in himself. His songs are great and he has a beautiful voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Josh Kelley shows a lot of promise and talent in his first album, For the Ride Home. With a sound similar to Edwin McCain, Josh’s soothing voice relaxes the soul. This singer/songwriter also manages to diversify his music, even having blue grass influences in the song titled “Follow You.” In other tracks, you’ll find a bit of jazz here, and a bit of rock there. The fifth track, “Home to Me” is one of my favorites because underneath the lyrics you can hear Josh’s guitar playing which is simple, elegant and just plain beautiful. The entire album is comprised of one great song after another.