Kelsey Waldon will be visiting CD Central on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 3 p.m. for a free, intimate in-store performance and signing of her new album “White Noise / White Lines”. Waldon is a Kentucky native (from Monkey’s Eyebrow!) who now lives in Nashville, and made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 2016. She’s toured with one of her musical heroes, John Prine, and her new album is on Prine’s Oh Boy Records label.
She’ll be performing later Saturday evening at The Burl in Lexington.
More about White Noise / White Lines:
A bold centerpiece of the album, Waldon offers an impassioned protest song with “Lived and Let Go.” She explains, “A lot of times, I tend to write because I have to make sense of the world around me. We’re all here for such a short time and it seems so silly that we get angry about things that I think are very fleeting. It’s a message of hope for all injustice to end and for our wounds to be healed. Overall, it’s a message of unity for all people. ”That surging emotion is evident in the way Waldon plays acoustic guitar on the track –as she does throughout the album. She notes, “I’m as influenced by Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan as anybody else, and all kinds of folk singers.” That affinity for all genres is especially clear when she lists her influences, from The Band and The Meters, to Hazel Dickens and Ralph Stanley, to Ann Peebles and Bill Withers, and all the country legends you can name. She’s also been invited to open shows for one of her biggest songwriting heroes, John Prine, and to sing “Paradise” with him during his set. Thus it made sense for White Noise, White Lines to close with a song by someone she admires. Her stirring rendition of Ola Belle Reed’s “My Epitaph” underscores the young songwriter’s musical desire to speak up and speak now. “Everything that I’m influenced by is all across the board. Most of my closest friends know that about me, but I don’t know if my other records portrayed that,” Waldon says. “This whole album is my story, it’s everything that I would ever want to say.”