Now, I can see how that may sound like a stupid and pointless song. However, the songwriting provided by Josh along with brother Charles Kelley and Clint Lagerberg does an exceptional job at making the song relatable and avoids turning the it into nonsense. With lines about being seventeen and running on dumb luck to being the only one in town with a fake I.D., “Georgia Clay” offers scenarios that almost everyone listening has had and can relate to.
Just like younger brother Charles, Josh offers a vocal performance full of soul and emotion with a little hint of Georgia twang. I personally think his vocal styling is perfect for country music rather than pop where he orginally got started. It’s clearly obvious on this song because his voice just seems to fit the song and suits the song brilliantly. The production offers a blend of acoustic and bass guitars with a bluegrass flavored beat that creates a song that’s clearly country, something I love to hear on today’s radio.
Overall, this is a fantastic debut country single for Josh Kelley and I think radio will eat this right up since it’s something new and fresh, which is what today’s radio is lacking. In fact, this song is already in the top 40 after just three weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. I’m hoping we get to hear more from Josh because I think he can offer some great country music.