Kelsey Waldon takes the Ramkat stage in Winston-Salem for the second concert in the 4th Annual Sounds of the Mountains Concert Series Jan. 12
(YADKINVILLE, N.C.) — The Yadkin Arts Council in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center are excited to take a spin on their annual Sounds of the Mountains concert series by taking their second concert to a new venue. This year they partner with the Ramkat in downtown Winston-Salem to present Kelsey Waldon, along with North Carolina native group, None of the Above. Among the younger artists who live on the border between traditional country music and singer-songwriter Americana, women are currently leading the way. Kelsey Waldon is one of the best among them, crafting musical commentaries on 21st-century American lives that honor the past while remaining fiercely engaged with the present.
Local Bluegrass and Americana sensation, “None of the Above” kicks off the evening
Kelsey Waldon, who was raised playing acoustic music in small-town Kentucky, has become a key player in the East Nashville music community by penning songs that capture the heartland through twentysomething eyes, and performing them within classic settings so musically rich and engaging that they never sound like museum pieces.
Waldon’s powerful, slightly vinegary alto communicates both her love of elders like Loretta Lynn and her generational connection to Southern millennials like Kacey Musgraves. She’s recently been invited onstage to sing with John Prine, Jamey Johnson and Willie Nelson. Waldon grew up playing bluegrass and learning the songbooks of Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, and she’s built a band that can range from rockabilly to an expansive newgrass take on the Bill Monroe classic “Travelin’ Down This Lonesome Road.”
Producer Michael Rinne makes sure everything sounds both clean and live. The way Waldon’s take on “There Must Be A Someone” splits the difference between the two best-known versions, the more traditional one by the Gosdin Brothers and the singer-songwriterly spin by The Byrds, shows how deep her record collection goes. But it’s the immediacy of her storytelling, utterly unsentimental yet deeply heartfelt, that makes Kelsey Waldon a queen of the cool rejoinder and an all-around contender.
Hailing from the foothills of North Carolina’s Piedmont, None of the Above plays bluegrass-based acoustic music. Working with traditional bluegrass instrumentation, the band creates a unique sound that includes elements and material from a variety of styles including bluegrass, Americana, alternative country, and their own original material.
For tickets and more information, visit www.yadkinarts.org or call 336-679-2941.
Kelsey Waldon + None of the Above
When: 7:30 p.m., Saturday, January 12
Where: Ramkat, 170 W 9th St, Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Tickets: $25 per show, $65 three-show pass, or $80 four-show pass – seating upgrades available through the Ramkat.
**This series is running in conjunction with our current Welborn Gallery exhibit, We Are the Music Makers! Preserving the Soul of America’s Music. This exhibit, that supports the Music Makers Relief Foundation, will be on display through February 26, 2019 and is in partnership with the Blue Ridge Music Center and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.**
About the Willingham Theater
The Willingham Theater hosted its first performance in December 2012, just two short years after the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center opened its doors to the citizens of Yadkin County. While many might dismiss the power of a small city theater, we like to prove that we can indeed bring the big city excitement and experience to our small town. Our state-of-the-art theater seats 193 patrons and showcases a variety of engaging performances ranging from music, dance, drama, comedy, and even film. In addition to ample seating, the Willingham Theater has a remarkable technology. The Willingham Theater is owned and operated by the Yadkin Arts Council.
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination and helps people see the world from different perspectives. The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Yadkin County citizens through the arts. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.
About our partner, the Blue Ridge Music Center
Operated through a partnership between the National Park Service and Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Music Center, milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia, celebrates the music and musicians of the mountains. The visitor center and museum are open May through October and admission is free. The site includes an outdoor amphitheater and indoor interpretive center used to highlight an important strand of American musical culture, which still thrives in the region. Concerts are also presented off-site throughout the year in partnership with other organizations. For more information, visit BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org.