Kelsey Waldon Releases White Noise/White Lines
Kelsey Waldon Releases White Noise/White Lines on Oh Boy Records
Available everywhere now; fall tour underway
October 4, 2019 – Nashville, TN – Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY, native Kelsey Waldon is proud to release White Noise/White Lines. Co–Produced by Waldon and Dan Knobler, her much-anticipated third album releases today via John Prine’s independent label, Oh Boy Records. Click here to purchase and stream.
In addition to opening a number of dates for Prine, Waldon is embarking on a lengthy headlining tour in support of the album with newly announced dates including Oct. 9th at Mercury Lounge in New York City, Oct. 18th at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, Nov 1. at The Station Inn in Nashville, and Nov. 22 Cactus Cafe in Austin. A full list of tour dates can be found below.
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.
Recent acclaim for Waldon and White Noise/White Lines:
“An album that should firmly establish Waldon as one classic country’s rising torchbearers.”
-Garden & Gun
“A song that feels so, so poignant right now.”
-Nylon Magazine on “Sunday’s Children”
“Easily the best songwriting of her career.”
“Waldon’s music is a mix of storytelling, that high-lonesome sound, and the dangerous chug of Waymore’s Outlaws, filtered through her fresh perspective and emotive voice…it’s no wonder Oh Boy snatched her up.”
“Waldon has a Kentucky sensibility and an old-school country voice and vibe, bringing refreshing earthiness to her label debut.”
White Noise/White Lines is Waldon’s first release on John Prine’s Oh Boy Records. As their first new artist signing in 15 years, Waldon doesn’t take the relationship with Prine and Oh Boy lightly. “It’s hard for me to put into words what it truly means to me to be signed to Oh Boy Records,” says Waldon. “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 echos the excitement by saying, “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.”
NC Tour Dates:
Nov. 6 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506
Nov. 7 – Asheville, NC – The Grey Eagle
Nov. 8 – Charlotte, NC – The Evening Muse
About Kelsey Waldon:
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.
About Oh Boy Records:
Oh Boy Records is an independent American record label located in Nashville, Tennessee and founded in 1981 by Grammy Award-winning songwriter John Prine and his longtime manager Al Bunetta. The label has released almost 50 audio and video recordings by singer-songwriters Prine, Kris Kristofferson, Daniel “Slick” Ballinger, Shawn Camp, Dan Reeder, and Todd Snider, along with a dozen reissues of classic country music artists.
In 1980, Prine finished his recording contract with Asylum and moved to Nashville. Rather than sign with another label, he decided to start one of his own, and was joined by Bunetta. The new Oh Boy label’s first release was a red vinyl Christmas single with Prine singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on the A-side and “Silver Bells” on the B-side. The first full-length release was Prine’s Aimless Love in 1984. Oh Boy is the second oldest artist-owned independent label in the country and the oldest in Nashville.
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