Kelsey Waldon – Kentucky 1988

Labels:Thirty Tigers
Number of Tracks:1
Total Time:00:04:03
From the Album:Kentucky 1988
Formats:AAA,Modern AC,Non-Commercial
Available Date & Time: Oct 08 2019 11:00:00 EDT
Impact Date: Oct 21 2019 00:00:00

Kelsey Waldon


“Kentucky 1988”


Thank you for making "Kentucky, 1988" the Rolling Stone’s # 1 Best Country and Americana Song of 2019


From the new album White Noise/White Lines


# 18 on the Americana Radio Albums Chart


# 5 on Stereogum’s 10 Best Country Albums of 2019


# 7 on Rolling Stone 40 Best Country & Americana Albums of 2019

Watch the Behind The Song video



"Loretta Lynn’s “Coal Miner’s Daughter.” Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors.” On “Kentucky, 1988,” Kelsey Waldon told her own origin tale in cinematic detail: the sound of gravel driveways, the Sundays at church, the sunburnt skin from working in the fields, not with a blue collar.”
– Rolling Stone
"Waldon writes with detail and humanity, thoroughly connected to the roots of the genre, and her own roots, but always moving forward." 
-Stereogum ( #5 Best Country Album of 2019)
"Just like Loretta Lynn laid out her origin story in "Coal Miner's Daughter," Kelsey Waldon pinpoints the rustic people and place she came from in this song. What comes through alongside her affection and pride at their resourcefulness is her awareness that they're complex and flawed.” 
– NPR’s Best Music of 2019

Waldon condenses her life story into four minutes with “Kentucky 1988,” sharing some rough parts of her childhood but acknowledging that she wouldn’t have it any other way.

With White Noise/White Lines, Monkey’s Eyebrow, KY, native Kelsey Waldon captures the rugged country sound of her touring band without sacrificing the intimacy of her songwriting. Because of that approach, the record feels immediate, somewhere between a concert and a conversation. The album co-produced by Waldon and Dan Knobler, follows two critically acclaimed independent releases.

Waldon recently found herself honored by one of her biggest influences and songwriting heroes, John Prine. White Noise/White Lines will be her first release on Prine’s own independent label, 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.”


12/14 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
1/11/2020 – Pineville, KY @ Bell Theater
1/25/2020 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre
2/3/2020 – London, UK @ Omeara
2/7/2020 – Bristol, UK @ The Crofters Rights
2/8/2020 – Glasgow, UK @ SWG3 Poetry Club
2/9/2020 – Belfast, UK  @ The Limelight 2
2/11/2020 – Dublin, Ireland @ Whelans
2/12/2020 – Manchester, UK @ Castle Hotel
2/13/2020 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
2/18/2020 – Antwerp, Belgium @ De Roma *
2/20/2020 – Nijmegen, Netherlands @ Doornroosje *
3/16/2020 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/28/2020 – New Orleans, LA @ Hogs for the Cause
4/26/2020 – Wilkesboro, NC @ Merlefest
5/22/2020 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre *
5/23/2020 – Louisville, KY @ Palace Theatre *




Lindsay Reid
Thirty Tigers

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