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In February of 2011, Kelley McRae let go of her Brooklyn apartment and spent the entire year touring America. She traveled coast to coast with her husband and guitarist, Matt Castelein, playing over 200 shows and putting 35,000 miles on their VW camper van. Along the way, she encountered the people and places that inspired the songs on her third album, BRIGHTER THAN THE BLUES. This new album details a life on the road, from a glorious meal in New Orleans to a drive through the yellow hills of California, but musically, the album’s heartfelt Americana draws from McRae’s Mississippi roots. And although the album retains more than a hint of the sense of loneliness and longing that will be familiar to fans of McRae’s previous albums, NEVER BE (4 Stars, Paste Magazine) and HIGHRISES IN BROOKLYN (“Brilliant,” Bob Harris BBC Radio), these songs carry a new sense of hope and light.