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J.P. Kallio / Press

“Like some of the great contemporary singer-songwriters – such as Jason Isbell, Beck, Patterson Hood, Mike Cooley, etc. – Kallio’s songs are personal and his lyrics are poignant. Kallio’s ability to capture the conflicting emotions we all face each day is his strongest asset, and something that only a few singer-songwriters have been able to master.”

“Once upon a time we used to have storytellers; Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson have never sung a song in their lives. They just told stories while we sat and listened in awe. J.P.Kallio has that same quality.”

“There is a magic in a person that can constantly find the inspiration to write song after song without them sounding the same or just being plain cheesy. A true talent can even changes genres within his songwriting without skipping a beat, This seems to be a good introduction to our latest find, J.P. Kallio.”

“”It ain’t easy” is just about the song, the heart and the feeling behind it. There are no tricks, no studio embellishments and no extra amenities, just the sound of a man, singing his heart out and performing on his guitar. Talk about “less is more” ! The song is based on simple chord progression, an approach that owes as much as 60s folk icons the likes of Bob Dylan, as it does to influential artists such as Mike Ness (Social Distortion’s legendary frontman) and Brian Fallon (aka “the nicest guy in rock and roll”, fronting The Gaslight Anthem”). This is great music that just speaks for itself, honestly and directly.””

““Kallio makes this incredibly refreshing, raw, acoustic, emotional, and honest music. Kallio’s dulcet and touching songs combine smooth acoustic guitar with simple vocals to create beautiful songs filled with emotion that you can listen to for hours on end. The guitar is carefully strummed and mostly understated which allows his voice to resonate and convey what his songs are about.””