Paul Cauthen

Paul Cauthen

Kelsey Waldon

Fri, September 22, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 10:30 pm

Great Scott

Allston, MA

$10 advance / $12 day of show

This event is 21 and over

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Paul Cauthen
Paul Cauthen
Emerging from deep in the pines of East Texas, the barreling resonance of Paul Cauthen's voice is sure to find its way into your soul. Paul's distinct sound is a mixture of his namesake and late grandfather, Jim Paul, and his grandmother, who each shaped Paul's foundation. In childhood, Paul was exposed to the sounds of gospel music and introduced to his grandfather's contemporaries: Johnny Cash, Elvis,Buddy Holly & the Crickets along with their collaborator and Jim Paul's friend Sonny Curtis. Paul began to pour their influences into the music he was beginning to make at a very early age. His grandmother taught him to play piano on the old upright that has been in her family since before Paul was born; moreover, Paul's grandmother is the reminder of all Paul strives to be: a soulful spirit, carrying his grandfather's torch and creating music to spark your internal fire and leave a smooth aftertaste.Like many of the musicians he aspired to be like, Paul's road to the stage did not come without its problems.

As a young man in Texas, Paul found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Settling inColorado after straightening himself out, he found himself experimented with bluegrass and local jam bands, but his home state kept calling to him. It was after his move back to Texas, Paul co-founded a band called Sons of Fathers, who quickly found success, playing the Ryman Auditorium, Grand Ole Opry, ACL Music Festival, and Bonnaroo among many other shows around the country. For Paul, the Ryman Auditorium was the most important; it was where the legends he had admired since childhood cut their teeth. In 2014, Sons of Fathers parted ways and Paul began to blaze his own path.In the summer of 2015, after spending the previous year writing extensively with songwriters throughout the country, Paul contacted producer Beau Bedford. Immediately after their first meeting, recording dates were set. Given Paul's story and hunger for American music, Beau decided to record Paul inMuscle Shoals, Alabama at legendary studio, FAME. In the same rooms that heard Aretha Franklin, EttaJames, Wilson Pickett and Duane Allman make their first hit recordings. During the FAME sessions,Paul was joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame musician and swamper, Spooner Oldham.

From MuscleShoals, the recordings went back to Texas to Beau's studio, Modern Electric Sound Recorders, where members of the Texas Gentlemen (Leon Bridges / Jonathan Tyler) contributed to the album. The songs recorded for Paul's solo album debut, which includes a co-write with Texas songwriter Hayes Carl and a guest appearance by Gus Seyffert (of Beck and the Black Keys), are an offering of everything that defines Paul -- Country, Soul and Gospel. A combination that can only be described as uniquelyAmerican, and completely Paul Cauthen. Paul is committed to carrying the torch of his American predecessors, and do it the only way Paul knows how: to simply say it like it is.
Kelsey Waldon
Kelsey Waldon
Thinking about country music, 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. Even so, Waldon's musical tastes reach well beyond those borders, as evidenced on her new release, I’ve Got a Way.

Waldon was 13 when her parents divorced and, inspired by the music surrounding her, she started playing guitar as a means to make it through her teen years. Upon her arrival in Music City a few years later, Waldon toiled away 45+ hours a week in a minimum wage job and played gigs in any bar that would let her in the door and on the stage. Once she had a pocket full of songs, she released her debut album in 2014, The Goldmine. The set was met with open arms from both critics and lovers of the kind of country music that she makes — the kind born in bars and raised in honky-tonks, the kind leaning on pedal steel and driven by Telecaster.

As solid as the effort was, its follow-up isn't just a next step, it's a forward leap. After all, when you're a songwriter, a couple of years can contain a lifetime of lessons. And that wisdom is what seeps through on her sophomore effort which, like The Goldmine, was produced by Michael Rinne. For Waldon, “It’s a transition in letting go and also being absolutely comfortable in your own skin.”

Indeed, the newfound confidence and compassion with which she inhabits her place in the world comes through loud and clear on original cuts like “All by Myself,” “Don't Hurt the Ones (Who've Loved You the Most),” and “Life Moves Slow,” as well as her arrangements of Vern and Rex Gosdin's “There Must Be a Someone” and Bill Monroe's “Traveling Down This Lonesome Road.”

Perhaps because it was one of the first songs Waldon wrote this go-around,“All By Myself,” in particular, stands out as something of a thesis statement for the rest of the album, if not for life, in general. As she explains, “It is not a lecture, or a sermon, or a statement from me. I want it to be a statement for everyone, as a whole: The power is only inside of ourselves.”

Because no country record would be complete without a proper kiss-off cut, Waldon scratched out her own entry in that milieu with "You Can Have It." That kind of personal empowerment comes up time and again across I’ve Got a Way. In "Let's Pretend," that power emerges through the act of focusing on the good and choosing the kind as part of what Waldom describes as “a 'Storms Never Last' mentality” to relationships.

Closing the collection are "Traveling Down This Lonesome Road," which stands as her hard-edged hat tip to Bill Monroe and the music she grew up on, and “The Heartbreak,” which shows she can deliver a weeper, to boot. But this isn't the standard woe-is-me fare. Here, too, is a message of empowerment and empathy.

So, how does Waldon turn her messages into the country music that is so much a part of her? “Lay it all out, and sing it from the heart, way down deep,” she says. “If you do it that way, you don’t need gimmicks.”
Venue Information:
Great Scott
1222 Commonwealth Avenue
Allston, MA, 02134
http://www.greatscottboston.com/