Kelley Mickwee has spent the past two decades making a name for herself in her home state of Texas. Within the past year, she’s re-focused her efforts on her solo work, beginning with a set of singles in 2021 recorded with singer-songwriter Jonathan Tyler and culminating with “Gold Standard,” out now. This set of four singles mark Mickwee’s first original releases since 2014’s You Used to Live Here, her debut solo record.
Although she was already a seasoned artist at that point with a decade’s worth of experience under her belt, up until then all of her performing and recording experience had been as part of a unit, as one-fourth of the acclaimed Americana group The Trishas, with Jamie Lin Wilson, Savannah Welch and Liz Foster, previously one-half of the Memphis-based duo Jed and Kelley and most recently as part of Kevin Russell’s Shinyribs’ Shiny Soul Sisters. But sometimes what gets lost in the shuffle of all the well-deserved acclaim for what she adds to other artist’s work is the music she makes in her own right.