Episode 50: Kelsey Waldon & Ben Morrison

Episode 50 of The JamBase Podcast, a member of the Osiris podcast network, features interviews with Kelsey Waldon and Ben Morrison. Waldon spoke of her “Musical Mentors” while Morrison of The Brothers Comatose participated in a “Quit My Day Job” segment. The episode starts with “The Rundown” of recent live music news.

Kelsey Waldon chatted with JamBase’s Scott Bernstein after a recent show in New York City. The “Musical Mentors” segment started with a discussion of Waldon’s relationship with John Prine whose Oh Boy Records label issued her 2019 album, White Noise/White Lines. Kelsey then spoke of her upbringing in Monkey’s Eyebrow, Kentucky and her formative years as a musician. Next, the singer-songwriter talked of musical influences and her move from Monkey’s Eyebrow to Nashville. Waldon also discussed those who took her under their wings on the business side of the music industry, why she included a cover on White Noise/White Lines and more.

Ben Morrison spoke with JamBase’s David Onigman in Oakland earlier this year. The pair began the “Quit My Day Job” segment by reminiscing about The Brothers Comatose’s version of “Brokedown Palace” the band contributed to JamBase’s Songs Of Their Own 2015 video series honoring 50 years of the Grateful Dead. Ben then discussed growing up in Petaluma, California and his first instruments. Morrison went on to recall the first band he put together with his brother and Brothers Comatose band mate, Alex Morrison. The singer-songwriter continued by detailing a few day jobs he held down, including work at San Francisco venue Slim’s, before he embarked on a full-time career as a musician. Ben also talked about his recently released debut solo album, Old Technology, the catalyst for The Brothers Comatose’s return from a shorter-than-expected hiatus and balancing his time with the band and solo gigs.


Episode 50 of The JamBase Podcast begins with “The Rundown.” Scott Bernstein and JamBase’s Andy Kahn recap a flurry of tour announcements that came in over the past two weeks including the return of The Black Crowes. Bernstein discussed his experience attending the band’s first concert in six years, which took place on November 11 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. The pair also spoke of upcoming tours coming from Bob Weir and Wolf Bros, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Galactic, moe., Yonder Mountain String Band and many others.

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