Kelsey Waldon with special guest None of the Above – (Sounds of the Mountains Series #2) – 1/12/2019 @ 7:30 PM – at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem – co-presented with Blue Ridge Music Center


Among the younger artists who live on the border between traditional country music and Americana, women are currently leading the way. Kelsey Waldon is one of the best among them.

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Event Details

*This performance will take place at The Ramkat in Winston-Salem

(170 W. 9th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101


Ticket Options (sold through The Ramkat website):

VIP Reserve Seated Floor (first two rows) = $35 base price ($10 upgrade for SOM passholders)

Reserve Seated Floor = $25 base price (no additional cost for SOM passholders)

Perch = $35 base price

Stageside = $35 base price

Balcony Rail Tables (4 people) = $40 per seat / $160 base per table (must buy whole table)

Balcony High Tables = (4 people) = $30 per seat / $120  base per table (must buy whole table)


Among the younger artists who live on the border between traditional country music and singer-songwriterly 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.


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.


Though she’s been touring nonstop of late, it’s been since 2016’s I’ve Got a Way that Kelsey Waldon released new material. But the Kentucky native is gearing up for a long-awaited new album, “Havin’ Hard Times” in 2019. At recent shows, she’s been debuting some excellent fresh tracks, off the soon to be released record – about life working in the coal mines, to soulful country songs about drugs (“not the good ones,” she told the crowd), heartbreak and home.

Flemons has shared the stage with Grammy Award Winning musicians, such as, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis, and performed with influential traditional music masters like Joe Thompson and  Boo Hanks. He has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall and the Grand Ole Opry, at some of America’s most reknown festivals like, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering and the Newport Folk Festival, and for the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.  Flemons has also been featured on David Holt’s State of Music on PBS and performed as bluesman Joe Hill Louis on CMT’s original hit television show “Sun Records”.


Central North Carolina’s None of the Above plays bluegrass-based acoustic . . . everything.  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.  NOTA’s musical style maintains traditional roots, while drawing on each member’s interpretation and contribution to arrangements.  Ultimately, this produces a sound that gives meaning to their name: None of the Above.


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Additional Ticket Info.


  • All ticket prices include fees + tax
  • Tickets are non-refundable.
  • Tickets will be emailed after purchase


  • Doors open 1/2 hour before performance.
  • Seating is general admission, but ticket holders and handicap patrons receive priority seating.
  • The theater is wheelchair accessible.
  • Listening assisted devices are available.


  • Groups of 20+ people attending a show priced $20 and up will receive $4 off per ticket.
  • Groups of 20+ people attending a show priced under $20 will receive $2 off per ticket.
  • Group pricing is only available for select events
  • Group pricing is not available for groups under 20 individuals.
  • Groups will have a section of seats reserved for them under their group name.


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About the Willingham Theater

The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is the home for our Yadkin Arts Council, and also features the 193-seat Willingham Theater, resident artist studios, the Yadkin Valley Fiber Room (a learning resource), The Center Bistro, Welborn Gallery, meeting space and classrooms, and the versatile Front Yard space.

The mission of the Yadkin Arts Council is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County and beyond by providing opportunities for artists, no matter what their specific creative outlet is, even if it’s just consuming art!


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