If you’re a faithful reader around these parts you’ll remember Sara Jean Kelley helped open up for Hurray For The Riff Raff at our listening room party at 615 Design last month. She played a great set of her own stellar material but when she stepped away from the mic for a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way” with Jacob Thomas, her voice cut through what whispers were persisting and the pair caught the whole room in their thrall.
In honor of our recent prediction that we’ll see Stevie and Lindsay at Bonnaroo this summer, here we have Sara Jean and Jacob with a No Country premiere for you! Sara Jean was also kind enough to answer a few questions for us so press play and get to know her better below!
PS: If you’re still mourning the news from The Civil Wars, take notice of Queen and King (Kelley and Thomas), they could very well help you make peace with the loss.
No Country: What’s happening right now that you’re really excited about?
Sara Jean Kelley: The songs for my EP “The Waiting Place” are being mastered and I hope to release it at the start of the new year! Also, Jacob and I have been writing a lot of songs for our duet Queen and King and have started recording demos for them. We are more than excited about it and can’t wait to share them with the world.
NC: What other local acts do you love?
SJK: Obviously, Jacob Thomas who is the other half of Queen and King. I’m a big fan of my mom, Irene Kelley, who is working on a bluegrass record which will be coming out at the beginning of the year as well. I do also love the music of Heidi Feek, Caitlin Rose and Harrison Hudson. Nashville is so full of talented people!
NC: As you know, we’re predicting a Mac attack for Bonnaroo, who is your dream headliner?
SJK: I would love to see myself headline Bonnaroo someday! [She laughs] But it would also be really great if Fleetwood Mac got back together for Bonnaroo. They are one of the best bands to ever exist.
NC: What inspired this cover?
SJK: I was getting ready to play Country Thunder in Wisconsin and was talking to Jacob about potential cover songs for the show (he was playing keyboard for me) and he started playing “Go Your Own Way” on the guitar. We had a long conversation about how great that song is and how Fleetwood Mac is one of the best bands ever. Neither of us had ever heard it performed so intimately or as a duet before. Once we sang it a few times, we knew we had something special. The original version of the song is fantastic, but I think when you break the song down people can hear how sad and heartbreaking it really is. They are truly powerful lyrics and it’s one of those songs that make me say “gee, I wish I had written it!”