I’ve Got a Way (2016)
I’ve Got A Way, released in 2016, established Kelsey Waldon as one of Nashville’s founders of the female-pioneered twang revival—a movement that is quickly redefining the modern country music narrative. The album ranked on NPR’s Fresh Air host Ken Tucker’s “Top 10 Favorite Albums of 2016” alongside Beyonce, Miranda Lambert, and Stax legend William Bell. The album’s shining single, “All By Myself” was also named on NPR’s list of “Top 100 Songs of 2016.” The video for the single, filmed in her hometown of Monkey’s Eyebrow, was featured on Rolling Stone Country and Billboard. NPR’s Ann Powers, one of the most notable supporters of I’ve Got A Way, admired the record’s “delightfully direct language and delivery enhancing vivid musical settings that demonstrate her vast understanding of the traditions she mines.”
Since the release of I’ve Got A Way, Waldon has been busy touring the country with a tight-knit band of extremely talented musicians opening for artists such as John 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. 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.”
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