Monkey’s Eyebrow’s Kelsey Waldon to release 1st album
by Kelly Paul
Paducah - With her first album set to be released in a few weeks, Kentucky’s own Kelsey Waldon is coming back home, or at least close to it, this Thursday night at the Maiden Alley Cinema in Paducah.
Waldon, who grew up in Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky, and now lives in Nashville, will be giving the crowd a taste of her passion for her own kind of country music that draws on the icons of the genre. She sings about the people she knows or the people she grew up with.
Waldon’s The Goldmine, which was produced by Michael Rinne and Anderson East at Farmland Studios in Nashville, features 11 songs filled with a knowledge of the struggles in life well beyond her 26 years.
Waldon told Billboard magazine that she claims many of the greats as her influences. She said one of her biggest would be Townes Van Zandt. She also pointed to female singers like Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. It is easy to hear the Loretta Lynn influence in some of the songs on “Goldmine.”
Waldon has been writing songs since she was seven or eight years old. She started playing guitar and making mix tapes when she was about twelve years old. She didn’t really tell a lot of her friends about what she did.
In “Goldmine,” Waldon sings about a daddy who works for all the wrong things. He wants a house on a hill and riches; he thinks a man should work hard to provide all these material things for his family. Although this “daddy” is proud, he does not seem happy at all. He is a proud man, but he is also exhausted. Waldon sings, “No, I don’t want the goldmine/ I just want to be alright.” These words make a listener believe that simple pleasures in life can be had. Waldon sings about people who just want to be good people who can pay their bills and not worry about much.
Waldon will take the stage at Maiden Alley Cinema on Thursday, June 12th. Showtime is 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10. For more information about Waldon, visit kelseywaldon.com