Here's a video of Kelsey Waldon doing her song "Try and Pretend" in front of the sparkly strands at The Stone Fox back in January. (If I'm not mistaken, this was shot on a night Waldon shared the stage with Lilly Hiatt and Allen Thompson.) The song comes from Waldon's excellent Fixin' It Up EP, which is throwback country in its mannerisms — tidy verse-chorus structures, sturdy Telecaster pickin' and high lonesomeness aplenty — but feels smartly contemporary in its mien. Not unlike a more tradition-leaning Caitlin Rose or Kasey Musgraves, in that sense, though you'd never mistake her for either. "It's a simple thing that I can't place / It's a hard liquor, and I can't chase." So good! And dig how the shadow of "I Still Miss Someone" falls across the guitar lick coming out of the first chorus. Call it Americana if you have to, just come and like it now with me.
Video by Zachary Dyke.