Cut from the same vein as an Alison Krauss or Emmylou Harris, but stands alone in her own realm is one of the greatest compliments one could possibly give to an artist the caliber of Kelsey Waldon.
Kelsey Waldon’s “Anybody’s Darlin’” is incredibly exceptional. From the rhythm section, to the steel guitars, to her deceivingly innocent, smooth-as-silk voice, to her lyrics, everything combines to form some of the most pleasurable to the ear music I have heard in a very long time.
When she does a cover of Neil Young’s classic, “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”, she does what any great artist does. Ms. Waldon does not attempt to mimic this legendary artist’s tune. She pays tribute to it by making it her own tune. Not only does It become her song, I’m quite certain the words to the song have never pierced my heart in quite the same way – ever!
It is an eloquent version that fits perfectly with the other six original tunes on the record. You see, all six of these songs are superior to just about anything I have heard so far this year, and I have heard some amazing music. Then she takes a song that hasn’t been covered all that much, if at all, and hits a grand slam with it. Simply put, amazing.
I literally could not pick a song I loved the most on this incredible collection of six original songs and the one Neil Young cover. They are all so good, I was literally left without words I could justify placing in this review. However, track four, “It Doesn't Mean That It's You”, completely blew me away!
Ms. Waldon states, "I hold an interest in writing music that is based on the song. Something that has texture, lyricism, and heart. It's my most favorite thing in the world".
To that I say, “It shows Ms. Waldon, it shows.”
Ms. Waldon is aided on the record by Mike Witcher on lap steel, Ethan Ballinger on electric guitar, mandolin, mandola, and keyboards, Ben Deberry on bass, Rob Crawford on drums, and Julie Lee and Tim O' Brien on additional vocals. In addition, Phil Harris superbly produced the record.
According to her bio, Kelsey Waldon has been writing music since she was twelve years old. That makes her a seasoned veteran. Nonetheless, she is still studying at Belmont University in Nashville, TN majoring in songwriting, honing her craft.
In my opinion, I could not possibly imagine it [her craft] being any more honed than it is. If it can, look out!
‘Rebel’ Rod says that you must immediately, unequivocally, without hesitation, check this jewel of a record out. She is an independent, unsigned artist but this amazing album can be purchased by going HERE.