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with Stefanie Harris Austin
KELSEY WALDONIve always said that, if George Jones sang on a disco song, I think itd still be country, Kelsey Waldon muses. If its a part of who you are, its a part of who you are. And country music is very much a part of who she is, a part of who shes always been. The Kentucky singer/songwriter hails from Monkeys Eyebrow, in rural Ballard County where her family put down roots several generations ago, metaphorically and otherwise. Farming and planting tobacco were some of the first jobs I had growing up, she recounts.Even so, Waldons musical tastes reach well beyond those borders, as evidenced on her new release, Ive Got a Way. From classic crooners like Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, to bluegrass greats like Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs, to iconic songwriters like Vern Gosdin and Guy Clark, she wears her influences on her sleeve and proudly so. Ive spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers, she says, adding, and you never stop learning or gaining from it. Im still doing it all the time.Waldon was 13 when her parents divorced and, inspired by the music surrounding her, she started playing guitar as a means to make it through her teen years. I finally felt like I was a part of something when I started playing and writing music. It was something that finally made everything make sense, and it was a very essential and healthy thing for me during my younger years, and still is, she says. I wasnt one of those kids that applied for college or probably even took it very seriously upon graduating high school. I guess I wanted to do things my own way, so I didnt go to college and I moved to Nashville, on a whim really.Upon her arrival in Music City, Waldon toiled away 45+ hours a week in a minimum wage job and played gigs in any bar that would let her in the door and on the stage. It was a seasoning, and also a questionable period in my life, in which I really saw just h
  • Start:July 09, 2017 Time: 8:30 PM
  • End:July 09, 2017 Time: 11:59 PM
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  • Where:Cafe Nine, 250 State Street, New Haven, Connecticut, United States, 06510
  • Phone:N/A
  • Event Type: Other
  • Ticket Price:$10.00
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