It’s shameless plug time on FYAK!!
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Who is this, you ask? This is Maddie Kelson, one half of the incredibly talented singer/songwriter duo, The Kelson Twins based in Chicago, Illinois. Maddie’s skills include; singing, songwriting, instrumenting, and burping on command. Alison met Maddie and her guitar-playing, harmony-singing stunt double, Juliet, at the benefit for the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago after Maddie and her sister raised $600 for the school. For two 15 year olds, that was kind of a big deal, but their ability to acquire funds isn’t the only thing that’s a big deal. The unfortunate thing about their meeting with Alison was that the girls didn’t break out in song, but after bonding on their shared experiences with the world of nontraditional schooling, Alison said that she had a feeling she’d be seeing these gals again.
These lyrics will be the best thing you’ve read all day:
Nothing But A Wasted Time: Copyright Maddie Kelson, 2013.
I always thought that I was stronger. I always thought it’d last a little longer. But I’m a fool for thinking I could go this long without a broken heart.
You’re nothing but a wasted time 4x
Don’t tell me there’s another open door, ‘cause I’m still tryin’ to close the one I found you locked behind before. I never thought it’d end this hard. I never thought you’d break my heart this bad.
Don’t say you’re gonna fix it, ‘cause it won’t lead to forgiveness. Don’t say it could be better the second time. Don’t say it’s all behind you, ‘cause your past is gonna find you. It’s only a second behind.
Young as they are, The Kelson Twins’ musical careers are just budding, but they’re quickly making a name for themselves around Chicago, playing in pubs and other small joints that they regularly wouldn’t be allowed in at 16.
Found this in a record shop in northern California. I was walking down to join my friends in the basement, and then I spotted this and literally gasped. Had to run and find a friend and show them. Thankfully, they were fellow fangirls so they understood.
I wanted it because HOW OFTEN DO YOU SEE A FUCKING POSTER OF ALISON ON THE WALL?? So two employees and like three phone calls later, I walk out with this. It doesn’t roll up, and my friend’s car is a tiny coupe and it doesn’t fit in the main trunk part. So I spent three fucking hours with this sticking out a good foot from the seat. My neck still hurts and the last hour was especially not fun. THAT’S DEDICATION, OKAY.
On a shittier note, I went to 5 record stores in NorCal this weekend and not a single one had Alison or AKUS records. Upset over this tbh.
FYAK is expanding to the twitterverse! (And no, it’s not to harass Barry). We just want to make sure we can keep as many people in the fandom as up-to-date as possible this tour.
So, twitterers, follow us @FYAlisonKrauss and see if we can manage to squee/still provide useful information in under 140 characters.
It’s gonna be an adventure.
Don’t propose to someone during Every Time You Say Goodbye.
As Kristen says, “That song is about getting dumped. Multiple times. By the same person. You’re a masochist. Stop going back.”
Another song that is no good to propose to is Baby Now That I’ve Found You. It is not sexy pillow talk. It’s really sad pillow talk, where Person A is staring blankly at the ceiling and Person B is crying into their pillow, saying, “Now you tell me that you want to leave me…”. Next thing you know, Person B surprises Person A with the club they hiding under their pillow, and Person B wakes up 20 minutes later, chained to the radiator with Person B standing over them, whispering, “But baby I just can’t let you…”
Thank you for you time, we will now return you to your regularly scheduled programming.
That would be the only song sexier than Let Me Touch You For A While (it was voted one of the sexiest videos) (which is funny when you consider that all she does is stare angstily at nothing the entire video because it was too awkward to make sexy eyes at Butch).
But apparently the line up is gonna go Opener —> AKUS —> Willie, which saddens me deeply because in the past 24 hours I have grown a powerful need to hear Alison sing We Had It All and Roll Me Up.
So how is this WNAKUS co-headlining thing going to work? Is it going to be like TRAKUS? (Haha nothing can ever be like TRAKUS.)
No, but Alison did most of the singing since Tony Rice couldn’t. *Heavy sobs* And they did a mix of AKUS and TR songs. So. Is this going to be like that?
Because this is our WNAKUS Bluegrass Contact High Tour Dream Setlist:
We’ll just leave this here.
Yeah we found that strange too. Like I would understand if maybe they said a number that was one above or below what she actually has I would’ve understood but 17 is nowhere near what she has.
But seriously. The Grammy talk is like your mom bragging to everyone she talks to about how you got straight A’s that semester. It’s obnoxious and you just want to roll your eyes.
Example: observe this gif of Alison reacting to Hoda and Kathy Lee squawking about how many Grammys she has —
Also Alison is just super humble about her success, and doesn’t even display them in her house because 1) where would she put a podium if Grammys and shit were consuming her home? And 2) she says that home is home and work is work.
This is from that Patient Safety Movement event a little while ago. And it’s their *entire* set. Do you know what a gift this is? This is like Christmas.
We have to say that the only thing we might love more than Alison being given a podium and time to speak, is Alison and Dan performing alone. And then that is very closely followed by them performing Blue and Lonesome, which is tied with Alison and Dan grinning through songs that are not appropriate to grin through. Also Jeff White.
We think we love these things almost as much as Alison loves harassing joggers from a mic’d podium in her house through speakers on her front porch, testing hers, her friend’s, and random stranger’s hemoglobin, and making fun of Dan’s banjo-to-hair ratio.
But no one loves anything as much as Dan loves tuning his guitar. Nope.
(Just watch it, and those references will make sense.)
On the list of things we don’t like:
Oh, and we would be remiss to not include in this post our new all-time favorite picture of Alison:
There is no better person/band to be a fan of.
Alison would probably hate this.
Before you click “play” you need to prepare yourself for baby!Alison tearing the air to. shreds. At 14, she hadn’t quite learned how to completely control her pitch yet (SHOCKING RIGHT? Anyway, she has CLEARLY figured it out since then), but Lordy when she does hit those solid notes during the chorus and at the end your jaw will drop, and you will see why Ken Irwin heard her and went, “Her. We want her. Give her a contract. Now.” Listen to all of that potential!
Also this is a great song and it should be on AKUS’ next album. Could you imagine adult!Alison’s voice on this PLUS the boys’ harmony?Jesus-tap-dancing-on-a-cracker-Christ.
She should totes bring back those red pants next tour, too.
Stay tuned for more goodies! If this video mysteriously disappears, as videos of Alison on the internet tend to do, message us.