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Kelsey Waldon brings her unique sound to the Old North State Nov. 6-8

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Country music fans, listen up: If you missed singer-songwriter Kelsey Waldon’s performance at Hopscotch 10, you’re in luck. You can catch her playing at Chapel Hill’s Local 506 on Wednesday, Nov. 6; The Grey Eagle in Asheville, Nov. 7; and The Evening Muse in Charlotte, Nov. 8.
Waldon was recently handpicked by Americana legend John Prine to join his label Oh Boy Records, which released her new album “White Noise/White Lines,” produced with Dan Knobler.
What makes this significant is Waldon is the first new artist to sign with the label in 15 years.
“It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” Waldon said in a release. “To have someone like John, who I have looked up to my whole life, who I have set my songwriting standards after and my general music-making standards after, to have someone like him endorse my music and care enough about it to make sure it reaches a wider audience…that means everything.”

Prine echoes the excitement by stating in a release, “Kelsey’s voice is one of the more authentic country voices I’ve heard in a long time. Her music continues an important arc of traditional folk and country music.”

If you like Margo Price, I predict you’ll like Waldon’s unique stylings that she calls “bluegrass country soul” are also reminiscent at times of Iris Dement.

Since the release of “I’ve Got A Way” three years ago, Waldon has been busy touring the country with a tight-knit band of extremely talented musicians opening for artists such as Prine and Jamey Johnson.

Waldon has played on the Grand Ole Opry and has been featured on some of the country’s biggest festival lineups, including ROMP Fest, Pickathon, Willie Nelson’s Luck Reunion, National Folk Festival, and Gasparilla, to name a few, according to a press release.

But despite the fame and notoriety she’s seen in the past three years, Waldon remains humbled by her success.

“I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding, “you never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time.”

“White Noise/White Lines” is a love letter to Waldon’s home town of Monkey’s Eyebrow in her home state of Kentucky.

From the official album release: “‘White Noise/White Lines’ is riddled with unique touches, very personal to Waldon. From the Chickasaw Tribe chant which Waldon recorded on her cell phone at her father’s hunting camp—added to the record with their blessing, of course—to a voicemail recording of Waldon’s father who’d called to tell her he’d heard her on the radio, to a snippet of her friends playing the bluegrass classic “Run Rabbit Run”; little moments and memories dropped into the album’s tracklist speak worlds to Waldon’s deep connection with her roots, her family, and her home state of Kentucky. All of these threads run tirelessly through White Noise/White Lines, weaving together a decidedly country sound, but not without some of Waldon’s unique influences shining through. The Band and The Meters, to Hazel Dickens and Ralph Stanley, to Ann Peebles and Bill Withers have all left their imprint on how Waldon fleshes out her songs.
“On her new album, ‘White Noise/White Lines’, Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Waldon is native of Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, who took an interest in singing, songwriting and playing guitar as a child. After moving to Nashville, she cultivated a loyal following through frequent touring across the U.S. and two critically acclaimed albums; the most recent of which made it onto NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016,” while the album’s lead single, “All By Myself,” was featured on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.” Her persistence paid off when, on stage at the Grand Ole Opry, John Prine invited Kelsey to join his Oh Boy Records family. White Noise/White Lines will be released October 4th on Oh Boy Records.”
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