Kelsey Waldon, Blue Water Highway, Sikemor

Kelsey Waldon

Blue Water Highway

Sikemor

Thu, August 3, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Kelsey Waldon
Kelsey Waldon
“I’ve always said that, if George Jones sang on a disco song, I think it’d still be country,” Kelsey Waldon muses. “If it’s a part of who you are, it’s a part of who you are.” And country music is very much a part of who she is, a part of who she’s always been. The Kentucky singer/songwriter hails from Monkey’s Eyebrow, in rural Ballard County where her family put down roots several generations ago, metaphorically and otherwise. “Farming and planting tobacco were some of the first jobs I had growing up,” she recounts.

Even so, Waldon’s musical tastes reach well beyond those borders, as evidenced on her new release, I’ve Got a Way. From classic crooners like Merle Haggard and Loretta Lynn, to bluegrass greats like Ralph Stanley and Ricky Skaggs, to iconic songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, she wears her influences on her sleeve… and proudly so. “I’ve spent a huge majority of my life studying my favorite records, my favorite songs, and my most-favorite singers,” she says, adding, “and you never stop learning or gaining from it. I’m still doing it all the time.”
Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway
Blue Water Highway runs just outside of Freeport up towards Galveston along the Texas Gulf Coast. This is the part of the world where the cultures of Texas and Louisiana collide in a unique melting pot steeped in the traditions of the people of both states. It is here, in the town of Lake Jackson, TX, that Zack Kibodeaux and Greg Essington became high school friends after Zack witnessed Greg playing Billy Joel's "Piano Man," and immediately enrolled in piano lessons himself. Their partnership included performing in musicals and local coffee shops, until the friends went their separate ways after high school. Greg headed to New York City to pursue a degree in music technology. Zack went to Texas State in San Marcos to study vocal performance, specifically opera. Soon, Zack was writing songs and sending them to his friend in New York. Finally, he coaxed Greg back to Texas to form the band he had been hearing in his head. Although they had landed in their adopted hometown of San Marcos, when it came time to name the band the first thing that came to mind was the landmark back home on the coast. The two dubbed the band, Blue Water Highway Band, and began to create a sound as unique as the region they came from.
Sikemor
Sikemor
Sikemor is an indie dream-folk band based out of Los Angeles that was formed in 2012 by siblings Rafael, Gabe and Fiona Cansino.

Strong roots in classical music and a folk sensibility influence Sikemor’s unique sound. Characterized by layers of dreamy harmonies, soaring melodies and expansive, rhythmic guitar lines, their music draws inspiration from Radiohead, Bon Iver and Local Natives.

Sikemor has played at venues in LA, such as The Satellite, Harvard & Stone, Hotel Cafe, Silverlake Lounge, and Villain’s Tavern. Their debut EP, Paperweight, recorded at Grandmaster Recorders and produced by Mike Post, was released independently in June, 2016.

Sikemor is working on new material with recent additions, David Leavitt (drums) and Ben Klein (bass), and preparing for a West Coast tour in July 2017.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/