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Movies Cost a Dime

Brigid Kaelin & Steve Cooley

Two of Louisville’s finest musicians, Brigid Kaelin & Steve Cooley, have delivered a catchy new tune and video to accompany it. Movies Cost A Dime was inspired by stories of honesty, optimism and innocence during the Great Depression. The song is banjo-led, accordion-accompanied, and the video represents a look back on times “when movies cost a dime, but the radio was free, there were dancing marathons and no one had TV”. -WFPK Radio

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Those Who Drift Away

Brigid Kaelin

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.

A pre-sale campaign is available at PledgeMusic.com/brigidkaelin

“Genre-defying vaudeville rocker.” - A Prairie Home Companion
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West 28th Street

Brigid Kaelin

Second full-length album featuring the duet with Shannon Lawson, "One More Last Kiss," which was called “country gold in that Gram Parsons/Emmylou Harris tradition” by Michael Young of 'Roots N Boots.' Produced by Duane Lundy (Ben Sollee).

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Keep Your Secrets

Brigid Kaelin


Keep Your Secrets

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Debut album, featuring the popular "Ballad of Motorcycle Joe" and "Future Mr. Used to Be" and "Whisky in the Faucet." Out of print, but over three thousand sold in first 2 years.

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