People | Country Music: A Nashville Story | NPT

Discover the stories of the People that helped shape Country Music in Nashville.

Kelsey Lamb

"Kenny Rogers has been... actually he was the first person I ever opened for. He took me under his wing a little bit and it was just, I like went on stage and did a Kenny Rogers Musical, and I just think he's like frickin' legend."
– Kelsey Lamb –

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- Hi, I'm Kelsey Lamb. You're watching NPT, Nashville Public Television, your home for Nashville stories. My favorite place to listen to music. Probably the Listening Room, yeah, I like the intimacy of the storytelling. You get the new songwriters, but then you also get the older songwriters and the hits and all of that, so I think that's really cool. My first gig in Nashville was actually at Douglas Corner, which is really cool. It was probably one of my favorite shows. It was the first time I'd really been on stage with like a band and yeah. And it's famous, so it was really cool. Who would I collaborate with? Probably Blake Shelton, if it were today and I could like perform with him and do a duo with him. Because I just freakin' love his voice. Like I jam out and sing harmonies to all of his songs, so it would be perfect . Oh man, I think my favorite song lyrically is "When you Say Nothing at All". I don't know, that song like, it was probably one of the first country songs I ever heard and it was Alison Krauss' rendition and it just like gets me, like just that line, "When you Say Nothing at All". I love it. Kenny Rogers has been... actually he was the first person I ever opened for. He took me under his wing a little bit and it was just, I like went on stage and did a Kenny Rogers Musical, and I just think he's like frickin' legend. I think with Kenny it was such a good experience because he just like is just like a dad. Like you think you're gonna meet these people and they're like so famous and you're like, they're gonna be like, you know you got two seconds with them and you think you just like need to go quick quick. And he was just like giving me hugs and telling me I did great, and seeing him on stage and still just like doin' his thing. I don't even know how old he is, but he's been around for a minute. So it was incredible to see him up there doin' his thing. For me, I haven't had a ton of experience with fans just yet, but just being here, I mean, yesterday, with the CMA Awards and all of that I just like... They're just very like, they wanna know you, I think is the biggest thing. And seeing Kenny with his fans, they really like they know him. They know his favorite food. He remembers them. It's just a cool connection I think. It's just a family, so that's really cool. I think it's very personable.

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