Kentucky-born Brigid Kaelin is a storyteller, musician and writer. Classically trained on several instruments, she's equally at ease at a Nashville session as she is entertaining crowds in random pubs.
Her latest album, Those Who Drift Away, was produced by Grammy-nominated Steve Cooley (The Dillards), who also happens to be the best banjo player in the world (we dare you to ask Bela about Steve). Cameos on the new album include Grammy-winners such as fiddler Michael Cleveland.
Highlights of Brigid's career include opening for bands like Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Ben Folds Five, Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Loretta Lynn, being a musical guest on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, touring Europe annually, being named Louisville's "Best Singer-Songwriter" multiple years, and being offered a leading role in a national touring Broadway musical (which she perhaps-foolishly turned down to care for her dying mother). She occasionally hosts the long-time radio variety program Kentucky Homefront and is the musical director for Ben Sollee's show Kentucky USA.
When she's not on stage, Brigid writes the popular blog The Red Accordion Diaries, about everything from tours, traveling, and her newest endeavor: motherhood.
Brigid plays accordion, piano, musical saw, guitar, ukulele and various other things with strings. A summa cum laude graduate of New York University, she lives in Louisville with her Texan husband, her Scottish son (actor Graham Caldwell), and her youngest child, born in the dining room. She adores the metric system, the NHS, pirate jokes, and she'll do pretty much anything for a transatlantic flight.
A lifetime ago, she worked for CBS News and ran the Green room for the morning show and has all kinds of namedropping stories she could tell you over a dram of whisky including one time when 45 shoved her off a red carpet.