Following the success of her first two studio albums, Kaelin spent several years playing all over America and Europe, living in Scotland, playing as a sideman in other bands, writing, having two babies, oversharing on her blog “The Red Accordion Diaries” and balancing musician-life with motherhood. Those Who Drift Away is the culmination of this balance — a studio record with optimism, sass, and the hint of irreverence that her audience loves.
Recorded mostly on Steve Cooley’s houseboat on the Ohio River — the vocals recorded literally the day before her second son was born — Those Who Drift Away features Kaelin’s trademark accordion, piano, and musical saw, but also shows off Grammy-nominated Steve Cooley’s incredible picking power from banjo to bass. Award winners Aaron Bibelhauser and Michael Cleveland lend steel guitar and fiddle, rounding out a more old-time country vibe than Kaelin’s previous recordings.
Musically, Kaelin remains a little alt-country and a little vaudeville, with the mysterious banjo/accordion/musical saw number “The Jester,” a song inspired by her first time sharing the stage with her keyboard-idol, Steve Nieve (with Elvis Costello & the Imposters). She also offers up some straightforward bluesy-rock with “Louisville,” a love-song to her hometown. As she sings in that song, “those who drift away always come back home someday,” — and that’s exactly what Kaelin has done with this strong return to the Louisville music scene.
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“Genre-defying vaudeville rocker.” - A Prairie Home Companion
released July 28, 2017
Brigid Kaelin: piano, accordion, organ, musical saw, vocals, background vocals
Steve Cooley: guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, background vocals
Michael Cleveland: fiddle
Aaron Bibelhauser: steel guitar
Cathy Wilde: whistle on 9
David Caldwell: whistling on 12
Andy Brown: drums on 1,4,6,8,12
Jesse Hall: drums on 2,3,5,7,10
Produced, recorded, mixed & mastered by Steve Cooley at Steve’s on the River, Louisville, KY, 2015-2017
© 2017 Brigid Kaelin
Ⓟ 2017 Brigid Kaelin
All songs by Brigid Kaelin
“Annie Oakley” by Brigid Kaelin & Rebecca Renzi
Red Accordion Records, ASCAP
Graphic Design by Alfred Moreschi